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Nevada alum Caleb Martin waived by Charlotte Hornets after two seasons

Caleb Martin
Caleb Martin played two season for the Charlotte Hornets before being waived over the weekend. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Nevada basketball alum Caleb Martin was waived by the Charlotte Hornets over the weekend. The move came following Charlotte signing free-agent wing player Kelly Oubre to a two-year, $15 million deal. Martin had played for the Hornets for two seasons alongside his twin brother, Cody Martin.

Caleb Martin was an undrafted free agent in 2019 and signed a training camp deal with his home-state team. He impressed enough in the exhibition season to get a contract on the team's 15-man roster. Martin spent much of his rookie season in the G League, appearing in 18 games with the parent club. He played in 53 games for Charlotte last season, averaging 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.4 minutes per game. He shot 37.5 percent from the field, including 24.8 percent from three.

As a rookie, Martin averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16 minutes per game at the NBA level, shooting 44 percent from the field, including 54.1 percent from three.

Martin's $1.8 million contract option was due to become guaranteed on Aug. 15, per ESPN's Bobby Marks. The move gives Charlotte 14 guaranteed contracts for the 2021-22 season. Teams are allowed 15 players on its active roster. Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels both have non-guaranteed deals that vest Aug. 15, so one of those two players is likely to be cut before that date.

Nevada ended the 2020-21 season with five players in the NBA but is now down to just two in JaVale McGee, who recently signed a one-year, $5 million with the Phoenix Suns, and Cody Martin. Jalen Harris, who played last season as a rookie in Toronto, was dismissed from the league for a drug violation. Cameron Oliver was on a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets and will play in the NBA Summer League with the Golden State Warriors. Caleb Martin will now look to land a training camp opportunity with an NBA team.

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