Smith averaged 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game for the Hornets last season. He scored a career-high 20 points against Washington in the one of the six games he started.
This will be the 25-year-old's fourth NBA season out of Colorado State. Smith was drafted by the Miami Heat but traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Daequan Cook on draft night. After two seasons in Philly, Smith was traded to New Orleans as part of the a four-player deal.
According to his agent, Smith decided to stay with the Hornets due to his appreciation for coach Monty Williams' staff. The seven-footer is expected to be a reserve playing at the forward and center positions.
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