The NBA Development League New Mexico Thunderbirds have announced today that former guard, D.J. Strawberry, has signed a contract with the New Orleans Hornets.

In five games with the Thunderbirds during the 2007-08 season, Strawberry averaged 31.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 52.8% from the field.  He was named D-League performer of the week.  Last season, Strawberry played for the Reno Bighorns and averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 assists per game.

Strawberry was originally drafted in the second round (59th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns out of the University of Maryland.  He played in 33 NBA games for the Suns in the 2007-08 season.

“We are thrilled and excited for D.J. as he continues his career with our NBA affiliate team, the New Orleans Hornets.  As more and more of our former players get their chance to shine in the NBA, we are proud that the Development League was able to provide a great training ground for these up-and-coming players to improve along the way,” Thunderbirds co-owner Sam Bregman said.