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Report: Pargo to sign with Hornets

Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:58 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 12:26 am
Posted by Royce Young

There's no issue in New Orleans over who the starting point guard is. That problem got sorted out this summer. But as far as who will be backing up Chris Paul? Whoa boy.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reported late Friday that the Hornets will sign guard Jannero Pargo to a one-year, minimum veteran deal. This is a day after completing a curious trade for guard Willie Green that general manager Dell Demps justified by saying Green could potentially back up Paul.

And this is after signing former D-Leaguer Mustafa Shakur to a non-guaranteed deal to potentially win the position in training camp. Oh, and don't forget point guard D.J. Strawberry will also be in Hornets camp trying to win that backup spot as well.

Pargo previously nearly reached a deal with thw Warriors earlier this summer, but concerns over a scoped knee hung up the signing, eventually causing the Warriors to back out. Pargo has already had one stint with the Hornets, backing up Paul from 2006-2008 before going to Chicago for a season. Pargo spent last year playing overseas.

Pargo is an instant offense point guard that can either make you want to throw a brick through your television or can help you win a game. He gets in ruts where he looks for his own all the time, but there are other times he looks flat brilliant. For his career, the 30-year-old is averaging 6.6 ppg and 2.0 apg.

The backup position isn't settled in New Orleans now as training camp will eventually decide who gets the job of backing up Chris Paul. But Pargo likely has the edge, seeing as he's already got experience doing it.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:43 pm

Report: Pargo to sign with Hornets

Pargo's a solid player, so this should work out well.

Why are the Hornets stocking PG's?  In case they trade Chris Paul, would be my guess.  Or maybe trade assets in general.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:49 pm

Report: Pargo to sign with Hornets

Will have to wait and see how his knee holds up.  He was a great spark off the bench when the Hornets made it to the second round of the playoffs a couple of years ago.  Pargo and Paul have a good relationship.  Look for a surprise from the Hornets this year with the acquisition of Trevor Ariza.  If the Hornets can trade some of those back up point guards to build a decent bench, they may make it to playoffs.

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