Hornets re-sign Biyombo; sign Ball and three other draft picks

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – The Hornets have re-signed centre Bismack Biyombo and signed all four of this year’s draft picks, including first-round selection LaMelo Ball, on the eve of training camp.

Along with Ball, the team inked centers Vernon Carey Jr and Nick Richards, both second-round picks, on Monday. Charlotte also signed Grant Riller, a late second-round choice, and undrafted free agent Nate Darling to two-way contracts.

Ball, the number three pick in this year’s draft, played for the Illawara Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League, earning Rookie of the Year honours. He averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and seven assists in 12 games and became the first player in the league since 2005 to record back-to-back triple-doubles.

File photo shows Charlotte Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo battling Milwaukee Bucks centre Brook Lopez for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina. PHOTO: AP