CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Rodney Buford, one of the players acquired in Charlotte's nine-player trade with the Miami Heat, was waived by the Hornets just hours before they opened training camp Monday.

The move surprised Hornets coach Paul Silas, who said Buford impressed him in the few days he was in Charlotte working out before the start of camp.

When asked why Buford wasn't at Media Day on Monday, Silas at first thought he just missed it. When told Buford was waived, Silas referred all questions to Hornets vice president Bob Bass.

Bass refused to comment on the move.

Buford, a second-year guard/forward, averaged 4.3 points in 11.4 minutes as a reserve for Miami last season.

But his year there was plagued by three marijuana-related offenses and he was eventually traded as part of the deal that sent P.J. Brown, Jamal Mashburn, Otis Thorpe and Tim James to Charlotte in exchange for Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Ricky Davis and Dale Ellis.

Meanwhile, the Hornets signed rookie free agents Caswell Cyrus and Terrance Roberson on Monday.

Cyrus, a 6-foot-9 forward from St. Bonaventure, was a three-time Atlantic 10 Conference all-defensive team member.

Roberson, a 6-7 forward from Fresno State, averaged a career-best 16.3 points during his senior year.