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McInnis re-signs with Bobcats, to get bigger role this season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats found their backup
point guard Wednesday when they re-signed Jeff McInnis to a
one-year, $1.2 million contract.

McInnis, who was an unrestricted free agent, averaged 4.3 points
and 3.3 assists in 38 games last season as the No. 3 point guard
behind starter Raymond Felton and Brevin Knight.

McInnis, who turns 33 in October, will take on a bigger role as
Felton's main backup next season after the Bobcats bought out the
final year of Knight's contract.

Bobcats vice president of basketball operations Bernie
Bickerstaff said McInnis and new coach Sam Vincent hit it off
during offseason workouts.

"Jeff did a nice job for us last year and he's certainly a
veteran backup," Bickerstaff said. "He and Sam were on the same
page. Sam was really impressed with Jeff. They've been working
together this summer and communicating."

McInnis' agent, Steve Kauffman, said at least five teams
expressed interest in his client, including Detroit, Miami and
Boston. But McInnis, who grew up in Charlotte and played in college
at North Carolina, wanted to play for the hometown team.

"There were other teams interested at the same salary level,
but there was never any question that Jeff wanted to be in
Charlotte," Kauffman said.

Charlotte acquired McInnis from New Jersey in January for
swingman Bernard Robinson. McInnis sat out the final 48 games of
the 2005-06 season after undergoing knee surgery and had a falling
out with Nets coach Lawrence Frank during his rehabilitation.

McInnis claimed he was completely healthy by the end of the
summer, but wasn't allowed to attend New Jersey's training camp. He
hadn't played in almost a year when the Bobcats acquired him.

McInnis has averaged 9.9 points and 4.4 assists in his 10-year
career.