NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets have signed forward Ike Diogu to a free agent contract, hoping he can provide solid backup minutes behind All-Star David West.

Diogu, who is 6-foot-9, played in 29 games last season for Portland and Sacramento. He averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

Diogu was drafted ninth overall out of Arizona State by the Golden State Warriors in 2005. He then played for Indiana before moving on to Portland and Sacramento.

He has averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 187 games during his four year NBA career.

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