Former Mavericks point guard and lottery pick signs with Hornets

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said fans would be saying plenty of new faces next season as many players wouldn't be coming back, and he was right.

The Mavs have several new players that will play a major part in what they do next season, as they acquired Grant Williams through a sign-and-trade, and signed Seth Curry via free agency.

They also drafted Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper to bolster their defense.

Former Mavericks point guard and lottery pick signs with Hornets

The direction of the franchise is bright, but so many new players meant that the Mavs couldn't re-sign all of their free agents.

Former Mavericks point guard Frank Ntilikina signed a one-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ntilikina played two seasons in Dallas and started 10 games over these two seasons. He averaged 3.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists during his time in Dallas. Ntilikina was also in Dallas' playoff rotation in 2022, and they reached the Western Conference Finals.

Ntilikina has never lived up to the hype that he once had coming into the NBA as he was once a top-10 pick in the NBA Draft. His jump shot has never come along, and he shot a career-low 25.4 percent from three last season for Dallas.

Charlotte gains a defensive-minded point guard that they can bring off the bench. The Hornets lost Dennis Smith Jr. this offseason, and they likely hope Ntilikina can make a similar defensive impact.

The Mavericks didn't need anymore guards, and Ntilikina wasn't good enough to break the rotation considering who the Mavs have coming in. The Hornets also have some solid guards, and Ntilikina will be fighting for minutes.

We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding the Dallas Mavericks this summer, so stay tuned.