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Hornets sign center Jason Smith to three-year deal


Posted Dec 17 2011 12:48AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets and 7-foot free agent forward Jason Smith have agreed to a three-year contract.

Smith's agent, Mark Bartelstein, says the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Smith played for the Hornets last season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. His best game came when he scored a career-high 20 points against Washington in the one of the six games he started.

He was a backup for most of last season at both the power forward and center spots.

The 25-year-old Smith is entering his fourth NBA season out of Colorado State.

Bartelstein says Smith had a number of options, but likes coach Monty Williams' staff and appreciates the individual work Hornets coaches put into developing his game last season.

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