Bower updates Hornets’ free agent situation

Friday, July 25, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

New Orleans landed its primary target in free agency when it officially announced the acquisition of James Posey on Wednesday, but there are still a few unresolved questions this offseason. Free agents Jannero Pargo and Ryan Bowen remain unsigned, while Chris Andersen inked a one-year contract with Denver earlier this week.

Here are Bower’s comments:

On James Posey:
“It’s such a unique addition for us, from the standpoint that his mentality fits what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to build this team. The fact that he can spread the floor as a three-point shooter, can be a defender that ends possessions and has an impact on the defensive boards, those are all huge things for us. Then when you add his championship experience two of the last three years, to an already very solid and professional locker room, we felt the combination of all of those ingredients was a great match.
“We’ve talked about (adding) James Posey over several years, as far as his impact on a team. We’ve followed him very closely. The timing fit right now.
“The ability to play multiple positions and take on whatever type of role you ask him to play – his defensive presence is as important as his offensive traits.”

On Jannero Pargo:
“We’re still involved in talks right now. I won’t be presumptuous to assume anything, other than to say that we continue to talk. We both want the same thing (Pargo returning to New Orleans).”

On Ryan Bowen:
“He’s very valued. We’ve had dialogue with his agent. We’re moving on a step-by-step basis (in terms of signing free agents).”

More in Hornets.com’s audio section:
• A one-on-one interview with James Posey (Hornets season ticket holders will receive a more extensive chat with Posey next week in the team's monthly Advisory)
• National reaction from Yahoo!, Sports Illustrated, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Enquirer writers
• Chris Paul media availability at USA Basketball training camp