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Hornets to bring in forward Dominic McGuire

Dec 17, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors' Dominic McGuire slam dunks against New York Knicks in the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game in Montreal Reuters

The New Orleans Hornets, who want to add some depth at forward with Jason Smith out for a while, have found their man.

The Hornets have signed Dominic McGuire, reports the Times-Picayune.

McGuire has played five NBA seasons, bouncing between the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors and most recently Raptors where he started nine games this season before being let go.

Last season he showed some promise as a solid defensive player off the bench in Golden State, playing a little more at the four spot with the Warriors going small (he’s really a three). In Toronto this year he was more of a three and he struggled defensively. We’re talking about what he brings on defense because he brings almost no offense to the table (he averaged 2.1 points per game in Toronto). But for the Hornets, a team without depth, maybe he can be a guy who can play solid minutes to fit in a shrinking rotation. Maybe Monty Williams can put him in spots to defend and have some success off the bench, but he’s not going to give the Hornets much else.

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