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Cody Zeller signs four-year, $56 million extension with Hornets

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Hours after his former teammate Victor Oladipo signed an extension with the Thunder, Cody Zeller followed suit.

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Just under two hours before the deadline, Cody Zeller and the Charlotte Hornets agreed to a big $56 million deal.

Zeller has seen his role with the Hornets increase each season with the Hornets, culminating in a solid start to the season this year with the fourth-year big man averaging 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

More importantly, very smart basketball people like the deal for both sides.

In the end, Oladipo and Zeller raked in $140 million combined, which is a hell of a day for former Hoosiers and a hell of a recruiting pitch going forward for Tom Crean.