Nevada Wolf Pack alums Cody and Caleb Martin are officially members of the Charlotte Hornets.
The twins who helped elevate Nevada to new heights the previous two seasons both signed contracts with Charlotte, the team announced Wednesday morning. The move was first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania. While Charlotte didn't announce terms of the deal, Charania reported Cody Martin's deal is a three-year pact while Caleb Martin got a partially guaranteed contract.
Cody Martin was the No. 36 pick in this year's draft and averaged 23.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 turnovers per game in five NBA summer league games. He shot 46.7 percent from the field (14-of-30), including 6-of-15 from three (40 percent) while making 69.2 percent of his free throws (9-of-13).
As a second-round pick, Cody Martin was all but guaranteed a contract. Caleb Martin went undrafted and lingered on the open market for a couple of weeks before being added to the Hornets' summer league roster, although he didn't play due to a minor knee injury.
Eric Fleisher, the agent for the Martin twins, first told Nevada Sports Net in June he was in talks for Caleb joining the home-state Hornets, saying the deal was expected to be more than a summer league tryout.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for Caleb and also the guys can stay together," Fleisher told NSN in June. "That’s a nice thing. And if everything comes together in the right way, certainly from a marketing standpoint it’s a very good thing for them to be playing together. We’ll have to see how all of this plays out.”
The Martin twins grew up in Mocksville, N.C., about an hour north of Charlotte. They played at North Carolina State for two seasons before transferring to Nevada. Charlotte has one of the poorer rosters in the NBA, which gives Caleb Martin a solid shot of making the team. Cody is basically guaranteed a spot on the roster.
Cody Martin was named to the All-MW third team and the MW all-defensive team in 2018-19. As a senior, he averaged 12.1 points and led the conference in assists (167), ranked third in steals (46) and ninth in blocks (23). In 2017-18, Martin was named the MW defensive player of the year and selected to the All-MW second team and MW all-defensive team. He finished his junior campaign as the team’s third-leading scorer (14.0 ppg) and paced the team in assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.7 spg), blocks (1.5 bpg), field-goal percentage (51.6%) and minutes per game (35.6 mpg).
Caleb Martin averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34.1 minutes per game as a senior. He was named to the 2018-19 All-MW first team as well as the MW all-defensive team. Martin led all conference players in 3-point field goals (107) and steals (49). Named the 2017-18 MW player of the year as a junior, Martin averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. He led the conference in total points (680) and ranked second in 3-point field goals (100) as a junior.
The Martins are the third and fourth Wolf Pack alums to make the cut for NBA training camp. JaVale McGee signed a two-year, $8.2 million contract with the Lakers earlier this month, and Jordan Caroline signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Lakers. In five summer league contests, Caroline averaged 20.6 minutes, 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 turnovers per game. He shot 45 percent from the field (18-of-40), including 8-of-17 from three (47.1 percent) while making 82.8 percent of his free throws (29-of-35). Caroline missed a few games with a groin injury but finished strong, averaging 20.3 points per game over his last three contests on 16-of-30 shooting.