Bouknight, 22, is 6-foot-5 and coming off a rookie season in which he averaged 4.6 points in 31 appearances, shooting 35 percent on 3-pointers.
He also had a firearm in his vehicle at the time of the arrest, a police report obtained by TMZ stated, though he has not been charged for the weapon.
The Hornets acknowledged Bouknight’s arrest in a team statement.
“We are aware of the incident involving James Bouknight and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the statement read. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Bouknight is expected to be a key reserve in Charlotte this season.
This is not his first time involved with an incident while behind the wheel, per Kallie Cox and Rod Boone of the Charlotte Observer.
“Already, Bouknight was expected to appear in court in North Carolina later this month for a previous violation,” Cox and Boone wrote. “Bouknight has several pending charges in Cabarrus County from November, including speeding and reckless driving. He was cited for driving 107 mph in a 65 mph zone, public records show.”
Bouknight was also involved in a verbal altercation with former Hornets coach James Borrego in February of last season.
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