Chris Humphries, USA Today Sports

Charlotte exercises fourth-year player option on forward Cody Zeller

Hornets exercise 2015-16 option on forward Cody Zeller prior to the midnight deadline

The Charlotte Hornets have exercised its fourth-year option on forward Cody Zeller, the team announced in a press release Monday.

Zeller—the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft—has averaged 6.7 points, 5 rebounds and 1.3 assists through three seasons with the Hornets; he has spent his entire career with Charlotte.

The Washington, Ind., native has averaged 6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in three games this season for the Hornets.

Zeller was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2014 and participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend last season; he recorded 12 points, four rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes of play.

The former Hoosier is one of two Zellers playing in the NBA. His brother, Tyler, who played college ball at the University of North Carolina, enters his fourth season in the league and has split his time between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.  

Charlotte also agreed to a three-year contract extension with guard Jeremy Lamb on Monday. Lamb was acquired in June from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. 

Teams have until Monday night to exercise their player options.

Charlotte does not plan to exercise its player contract option on forward P.J. Hairston, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.