HoopsHype Aaron Gray rumors

June 27, 2011 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets lost another player to unrestricted free agency Monday afternoon when backup center Aaron Gray informed the team he was opting out of the last year of his contract. Gray stood to earn $1.06 million next season if he had picked up his option, Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost veteran power forward David West, who decided to walk away from the last year of his contract. "I think he really enjoyed being with New Orleans, the opportunity to come free made it a good time to explore the market for him," said Jason Zanik, one of Gray's representatives, who added that Gray isn't concerned about the uncertainty of the NBA's labor situation. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Zanik said the Hornets did not give Gray any indication he would not be in their plans this year. Gray had a huge impact in the Hornets' first-round playoff series against the Lakers, especially in Game 1 when he had a double-double off the bench. But he also sustained a sprained ankle which hindered his efforts in the final five games of the series. "The Hornets have been great to Aaron and it's merely the option in his contract to be able to do this," Zanik said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 26, 2011 Updates
April 30, 2011 Updates

They must decide if they are going to bring back forward Carl Landry and guard Willie Green, who will both become free agents. Backup center Aaron Gray also can opt of his deal to pursue free agency. Jason Smith, David Andersen and Belinelli will become free agents. Also, Demps and Williams must wait to see if West re-signs or opts of his current deal. Coming off knee surgery, West may not draw a contract offer better than the $7.5 million he is scheduled to make next season if he does not opt out. “I think you always look at opportunities to get better,’’ Demps said Friday. “But again, from where started to where we finished, I think we’re in the right direction, and we want to build off that.’’ After completing their physicals and exit interviews Friday morning, most of the Hornets’ players refrained from specifying needs the team should address through free agency or trades. “Obviously, we came up short,’’ backup guard Jarrett Jack said. “A couple of reasons were pretty obvious. I’m sure Coach and Dell will do the necessary things to make us a more competitive ballclub.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 21, 2011 Updates

Gray, New Orleans' backup center, had to be helped off and couldn't put any weight on his sprained right ankle, making it look more like a week-to-week issue than day- to-day. Incredibly, he was back in the lineup for Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Lakers and got in the game quickly when starter Emeka Okafor got into early foul trouble. Even before that, there was this question: Is Gray a quick healer or do the Hornets have a medical miracle staff? The latter, said Gray. It turned out Gray's anatomy is faring better than the TV series. "Definitely a medical miracle staff here," Gray said, smiling. "It's been a lot of hard work. To be honest, when I was walking back to the X-ray, I wanted to make sure we won. Los Angeles Times

April 20, 2011 Updates
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Gray said Monday his ankle feels much better, but he doesn't know if he'll play in Game 2 on Wednesday night. His foot was in a bulky black boot. Coach Monty Williams says Gray played a big role in negating the Lakers' size advantage in Game 1. Fox8Live.com

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July 26, 2010 Updates

Despite Paul’s plea to the Hornets to be an active player this summer in free agency, their only signee is returning backup center Aaron Gray. “I’m not going to start with the premise that we have to go out and sign more guys,’’ Weber said. “That’s not the case. You look at teams that are way below the cap and are going through a transition right now, they may have a lot of flexibility, but they don’t have the talent that we have. “We do have some assets that we do feel good about, especially if you look at teams that missed out on the free agency with LeBron (James) and looking maybe to reload the following summer, we do have some things that we think are very attractive for other teams. But let’s not forget that this team, even with a ton of injuries, competed pretty well. And even with this current team, we can be competitive.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 15, 2010 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have re-signed center Aaron Gray. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. Gray (7’0”,270) is a three-year NBA veteran with career averages of 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.0 minutes over 149 career games (19 starts) with the Chicago Bulls and Hornets. NewOrleans.com

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