Agent: Smith to stay with Hornets

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 16, 2011
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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