Hornets Sign Marques Bolden to Two-Way Contract, Waive Nathan Mensah

The Charlotte Hornets have made adjustments to their team roster, announcing the departure of Center Nathan Mensah and the subsequent signing of Marques Bolden on a two-way deal, according to an official press release.

Mensah, despite being under a two-way contract, had the opportunity to play in 25 games for the Hornets due to Mark Williams’ back injury. However, his contributions were limited, with an average of just 1.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12 minutes per game.

On the other hand, Bolden, who had previously joined the Hornets on a 10-day contract in late February, had been showcasing his skills with the Wisconsin Herd in the G League.

Across 31 games, Bolden posted impressive numbers, averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game, with shooting percentages of 55.6% from the field, 39.7% from beyond the arc, and 74.3% from the free-throw line.

Hailing from DeSoto, Texas, Bolden was a highly-regarded prospect, earning a five-star rating before committing to Duke University.

During his three seasons with the Blue Devils from 2016 to 2019, Bolden played a key role in securing two ACC Tournament titles and reaching the Elite 8 stage of the NCAA tournament twice.

Mensah, with roots tracing back to Ghana, initially inked a two-way contract with the Hornets on December 14, 2023. Throughout his tenure, he appeared in 25 games for the Hornets, where he averaged 1.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game.

Additionally, in 17 appearances (with 17 starts) for the Greensboro Swarm this season, Mensah posted averages of 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 28.1 minutes per game.

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