HoopsHype Jason Smith rumors

December 17, 2011 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have re-signed center-forward Jason Smith. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “We are excited to have Jason back on our team this season,” Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said. “He provided us with solid play last season both off the bench and when he was called upon to start. He gives us depth in the frontcourt with his ability to play the center and power forward positions.” NBA.com

December 16, 2011 Updates

Ken Berger: I see @Adrian Wojnarowski beat me to it, but yes, Jason Smith stays with New Orleans for three years, $7.5M, says league source. Twitter

Bartelstein also represents free-agent forward/center Jason Smith, who is mulling a contract offer to return to the Hornets. “I’m still kind of waiting to see what happens,” Smith said Thursday. “I haven’t really set up a deadline. I’m going to go ahead and advise with Mark, and we’ll make a decision coming up soon. We’ll just have to wait and see.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 15, 2011 Updates

Free agent forwards Carl Landry and Jason Smith are both currently mulling offers to re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets, their agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday night, and likely will decide whether to accept the deals sometime Thursday now that the Chris Paul trade to the Clippers has been consummated. The Hornets' contract offers aren't the only ones that Landry and Smith have received. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 10, 2011 Updates
December 4, 2011 Updates

With only five players currently under contract and a free-agency signing period beginning on Friday, the agents for former New Orleans Hornets' power forwards David West, Carl Landry and Jason Smith both said Sunday that the team wants all three to return this season. However, Lance Young, who represents West, and Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Landry and Smith, said that their clients were in high demand throughout the league. New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 5, 2011 Updates

The driver who died in a two-car collision Wednesday has been identified as the father of former Weld County high school basketball star and NBA player Jason Smith. Colorado State Patrol trooper Heather Cobler said Jack Smith, 67, of Greeley, was driving his minivan north on Weld County Road 31 around 6 p.m. when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Colo. 14, about two miles west of Ault. He was broadsided by a vehicle driven by Roberto Mendoza-Armenta, 47, of Eaton. Jack Smith died at the scene. Mendoza- Armenta was taken to North Colorado Medical Center with moderate injuries. Greeley Tribune

June 30, 2011 Updates

Although Smith can now solicit offers on the open market, if and when there’s a new collective bargaining agreement in place, the Hornets said they’d be open to re-signing him when they’re aware of what kind of salary structure will be implemented in the new labor agreement. New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps indicated to Smith and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that uncertain economics caused the Hornets to not exercise the option for next season. “That’s what Dell had said, and that’s just how the business of basketball goes,” Smith said. “I like New Orleans. It’s a great team, a great organization, a great group of guys. It’s just one of those things with the lockout, you don’t know what the next collective bargaining agreement will be, so you just have to kind of plan and change your strategy to what’s coming in the future.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Hornets have picked up the option of starting shooting guard Marco Belinelli, but have decided not to tender an offer to forward Jason Smith, making him an unrestricted free agent, league sources said Thursday afternoon. Smith, a 7-foot reserve who averaged 4.3 points per game last season in 77 appearances, is now free to negotiate with any NBA team. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Sources indicated Thursday, however, the Hornets would like to retain Smith, perhaps at a salary lower than the $3.135 he would have earned next season had the Hornets tendered him. Belinelli started 69 games for New Orleans last season, averaging 10.5 points per game, his best numbers in four NBA season. Belinelli's option is worth $3.377 next year. New Orleans Times-Picayune

With forward David West and reserve center Aaron Gray opting for free agency this week, the Hornets have only five players under contract and have until the end of Thursday to make a decision on whether to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents Marco Belinelli and Jason Smith. Paul says his heart is in New Orleans but that he wants to win, so he hopes the Hornets will be able to revamp the roster with some top players. Paul says he's spoken with West and understands his decision to explore free agency, but says that doesn't mean West won't return to New Orleans. USA Today

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