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Torontosaurus 08-15-2008 09:21 AM

Pargo going to Russia
Well there goes another one...



BEIJING – New Orleans Hornets free agent guard Jannero Pargo, a valued sixth man, has reached an agreement in principle with Moscow Dynamo on a one-year contract worth nearly $4 million, sources close to the negotiations told Yahoo! Sports.

Some details still needed to be worked out Friday before the contract could be finalized, but sources said there were no hurdles left that should jeopardize the deal.

Once again, an American-born player with options in the NBA has chosen to take a more lucrative offer overseas. Pargo is the second NBA player to sign with Dynamo this summer, joining ex-New Jersey Nets forward Bostjan Nachbar. They’ll play for American-born coach, David Blatt, who was hired to take over the team.

Pargo, 28, had developed into a dangerous bench scorer for the Hornets and attracted the interest of several teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks. New Orleans wanted to keep him – and Pargo’s preference was to stay – but the Hornets had invested too much available money in free agent James Posey to make a strong enough bid.

The lure of guaranteed money in Russia trumped the most serious bids made by the Spurs and Hawks.

Pargo averaged 8.1 points in 18.7 minutes in the regular season, but played well in the Hornets Western Conference playoff run. He had 30 points in a Western Conference playoff Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks, and 18 points in Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Spurs. He averaged more than 10 points a game in the postseason.

Dr. J. Naismith 08-15-2008 09:46 AM

That's too bad ... Pargo proved to be a decent back-up to CP3 last season in New Orleans. He'll do well overseas anyways. :)

Ball Don't Lie 08-15-2008 10:06 AM

Yeah, hes just the kind of guard that excels overseas. Like I said in a post about Pargo before this one about 2 weeks ago, realistically there were only like 4 teams in the NBA that needed a backup PG of his nature where they could give him 15-20 mins. There were very few teams that could give him consistant minutes AND needed a scoring pg off the bench.

Dr. J. Naismith 08-15-2008 10:36 AM

So who's backing up Paul this season in New Orleans then? :confused2:

Claudius 08-15-2008 10:45 AM

Mike James I believe..........

Gurk 08-15-2008 10:55 AM

Mike James... :haha:
After that career year with Toronto Mike James has sucked
I like to see him back up CP3

Ball Don't Lie 08-15-2008 11:00 AM

James wont be playing anymore than 8-10 mins. I think hes still capable of playing 4 mins a half and playing some D and not making any dumb plays on offence especially with the vets around him. I wouldnt be surprised if they did sign a veteran PG before the offseason was over though. Pargo didnt really backup Paul in the first place really, he played more beside him, and with them getting Posey there was really no point in bringing him back for 4 mil a year to play 10mpg

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