The New Orleans Hornets signed first-round draft pick Chris Paul on Wednesday to a three-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Paul, the fourth overall pick, averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 assists for Wake Forest last year. The guard is expected to see significant playing time in the Hornets backcourt this season along with second-year shooting guard J.R. Smith.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed first-round draft pick Andrew Bynum on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal weren’t announced.

The 17-year-old Bynum became the youngest player ever taken in the NBA draft when the Lakers took him with the 10th overall pick.

The 7-foot, 270-pound center averaged 22 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a senior at St. Joseph High in Metuchen, N.J., last season.

Bynum will play for the Lakers in the Summer Pro League; their first game is Friday night in Long Beach.

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