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Old 09-13-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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Exclamation Hornets Sign Melvin Ely

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Free agent forward/center Melvin Ely has reached an agreement with the Hornets on a contract, an NBA source Wednesday told The Associated Press.

The source confirmed the signing but did not want to be identified before Thursday's formal announcement was made.

Ely, 29, 6-10, 260 pounds, is a fifth-year veteran traded by the Charlotte Bobcats to the San Antonio Spurs in February. He played in six games for the Spurs but was inactive for the playoffs. The Spurs won their third NBA championship in June against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Ely in the first round of the 2002 draft out of Fresno State. He played two seasons with the Clippers before they traded him to the Bobcats.

Ely's best season was in 2004-05, when he averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds for Charlotte.

Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower said the team was looking to sign a center to provide depth behind starter Tyson Chandler and second-year player Hilton Armstrong.

Ely's signing likely is the Hornets' last major roster addition before training camp begins next month. The Hornets open against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 31.
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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This could be a good signing for the Hornets. Provides some front court depth.
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
very nice
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Probably behind both Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons on the depth chart, but decent vet injury insurance. The hope is they won't need it as much as they did with West missing so much time last year.
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Old 09-29-2007, 03:40 PM   #4
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Good move, will get more burn now that Simmons is gone.
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Old 10-01-2007, 02:16 AM   #5
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Is he even good enough to play the pf? i remember back in 04-05 when he had a career yr. But thats it? Maybe he didnt get enough doughnuts the past few seasons.
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