Hornets Re-Sign Jason Smith

Center-Forward Returns to Bolster Frontcourt

December 17, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have re-signed center-forward Jason Smith. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“We are excited to have Jason back on our team this season,” Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said. “He provided us with solid play last season both off the bench and when he was called upon to start. He gives us depth in the frontcourt with his ability to play the center and power forward positions.”

Smith (7-0, 240) averaged 4.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.4 blocks with the Hornets last season in 77 games (six starts). In those six starts during the 2010-11 season, Smith averaged 9.3 points on 61 percent shooting and 3.7 rebounds over 21.8 minutes. Entering his fourth season in the NBA, Smith has career averages of 4.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.5 blocks over 209 games (nine starts). The Colorado State product was originally acquired by the Hornets along with Willie Green on September 23, 2010 from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackens.

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