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Bobcats sign free agent Douglas-Roberts and waive Southerland:

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Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Chris Douglas-Roberts and waived forward James Southerland.

Douglas-Roberts is a four-year NBA veteran and he has played in 161 career games for the Nets, Bucks and Mavericks. He has career averages of 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20 minutes per game. He is shooting 44 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. Douglas-Roberts was selected by the Nets with the 40th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Starting this season in the NBA D-League, Douglas-Roberts has averaged 21.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.9 minutes for the Texas Legends through the first 17 games.

This gives some much needed depth to the Bobcats who have been depleted on the wing with recent injuries to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (broken hand) and Jeffery Taylor (left heel contusion). Although Jeff Taylor, "should be good to go" for Wednesday's game vs. the Orlando Magic, according to coach Steve Clifford, Charlotte will still be without the services of MKG until the first week of January at best.

The move was made after the Bobcats were forced to start Anthony Tolliver on Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. Tolliver played well, but the coaching staff is not comfortable having him log those type of minutes on a nightly basis.

With the addition of Douglas-Roberts Charlotte gains another active wing player that can spell both Gerald Henderson at the shooting guard position and Taylor who may not be ready to log his regular minutes right away.

The Bobcats knew with Southerland the undrafted rookie from Syracuse, that there were no plans to add him to the rotation this season. "I was looking at him as someone we'd work with all year, watch in the summer league and then make a determination about where he's at" coach Clifford said, "I don't think it's fair to force him into a role, at this point he's not ready to play every night in the NBA."

And as much as they liked Southerland's potential, the Bobcats had their hand forced with the injury bug rearing it's ugly head so early in the season.

It is unknown whether Douglas-Roberts will be ready to play when the Bobcats face the Magic tonight but he will definitely be in uniform when Charlotte travels to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Friday.


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