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Hornets sign Pargo, Mensah-Bonsu on eve of camp


Posted Sep 24 2010 8:32PM

The New Orleans Hornets are bringing back one of their key reserves from their 2008 playoff run, signing guard Jannero Pargo to an undisclosed deal on the eve of training camp. The Hornets also signed veteran big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

Pargo, 30, was one of the better backup guards in the league during stints with the Bulls, Thunder and Hornets, where he backed up Chris Paul and gave New Orleans great production off the bench. In his best season, 2007-08, he appeared in 80 games for the Hornets, averaging 8.1 points in almost 19 minutes a game during the regular season. During the playoffs, he played in 12 games, averaging 10 points in 22 minutes as New Orleans defeated Dallas before falling to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals.

Pargo started the 2008-09 season in Russia, for Dynamo Moscow. He got out of that deal midway through the season and finished the year in Greece. He returned to the NBA last year with the Bulls.

"It's a good opportunity for him," said Pargo's agent, Mark Bartlestein. "He enjoyed playing with Chris when he was there. He can back him up, or they can even play together at times."

The 6-9 Mensah-Bonsu has just missed out sticking full-time in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Toronto since coming out of George Washington University in 2006. He has starred on summer league teams, especially with the Mavericks and Raptors.

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