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Hornets ink point guard Pargo to two-year contract

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The New Orleans Hornets added more
reinforcements for rookie of the year Chris Paul on Wednesday,
signing reserve point guard Jannero Pargo to a two-year contract.

Pargo averaged 4.8 points and shot a career-high 38 percent from
3-point range in 57 games off the bench for the Chicago Bulls last
season.

"He's got a well-known reputation for his ability to shoot the
ball and his ability to really come off the bench and make things
happen quickly," Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said. "He's
the type of guy that with his energy and shooting ability and
ability to get up the court defensively, he can change the tempo of
the game and give you that spurt that you may be lacking."

Bower and coach Byron Scott said they expected Pargo to see more
playing time than last year's third-string point guard,
Moochie Norris, while allowing another free agent pickup,
Bobby Jackson,
the flexibility to play at either guard spot. The Hornets also
expect Pargo to be able to fill in at either guard spot.

"He's not an insurance policy," Bower said.

Pargo rejoins former teammate Tyson Chandler, who came to the
Hornets in a July trade from Chicago.

"Tyson and I were pretty close friends in Chicago," Pargo
said. "Over the years, we've grown a lot closer. That is
definitely a plus for me and for him to sign here because our
friendship can only get better. That's a good thing."

Pargo is the latest addition to the Hornets' roster as New
Orleans moved to add size, outside shooting and overall depth this
offseason. The Hornets also have signed Peja Stojakovic and Jackson
and re-signed Rasual Butler.

"It makes it a lot easier not being the only new guy on the
team," Pargo said. "They had a good run last year, and we're just
trying to build off that and make the playoffs."

Scott said he thought Pargo was likely the Hornets' last
offseason pickup.

"I really feel good about the guys that we have," Scott said.
"Our roster is pretty much complete right now."