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Why the New Orleans Hornets May Re-Sign Aaron Gray
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Aaron Gray.

One free agent that could be a high-value signee would be center Aaron Gray, who spent the past two seasons playing for the New Orleans Hornets. Gray played four years of college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh where he led the team to the Sweet 16 in his senior year.

A true seven-footer, Gray has seen limited minutes in the NBA, but he has the capability to become a better all-around player due to his skills and his size. He will most likely see multiple offers come his way since there are always teams looking to add depth to their frontcourt. 

Gray was selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and showed signs of potential in Chicago. He dealt with injuries that caused him to miss some games during his rookie year, but he was drafted due to his true size and skill set along with the potential of possibly becoming more than a bench player in the NBA. He averaged 4.3 points per game during his rookie year while appearing in 61 games. The following season, Gray saw his overall production decrease, but that was due to not being in the rotation due to injuries.

Gray spent two seasons in Chicago and was traded to the New Orleans Hornets during the early part of the 2009-10 NBA season in exchange for Devin Brown.

With New Orleans, Gray averaged 3.6 points per game but moved into a larger role in 2010-11 (after re-signing with the Hornets to a one-year deal), when he played in 41 total games and averaged a career-high 4.2 rebounds per game in 13 minutes, something that was lacking previously in Chicago. Gray was slowly developing into a reserve big man that was able to find a role on a team that was looking to make it to the playoffs.

Gray got an opportunity to play minutes during the playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers, which went to six games. He averaged 3.5 points per game to go along with 14.5 minutes played.

Currently an unrestricted free agent, Aaron Gray may see more offers as he has the potential to become a steady role player for a team seeking to add depth to their frontcourt. The Hornets have only five players on their salary cap for next season, so they may look to keep some of their role players around.

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