Hornets ink point guard Pargo to two-year contract

Updated: August 9, 2006, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Jannero Pargo

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."

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