Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com
WESTWEGO, La. ― The Hornets signed forward Patrick Ewing Jr. for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the team announced Tuesday.
Ewing originally signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans (44-33) on March 26 after the team lost David West to a season-ending ligament tear in his left knee.
He has played limited minutes in three games and has no statistics other than minutes played. However, Hornets coach Monty Williams saw enough in the 26-year-old to keep him around.
The next step is showing he has mental fortitude to stick that Williams is looking for.
“It gives us an extra body for sure in practice,” Williams said. “He is also a guy I put in game situations for a couple of minutes and he hasn’t called home to mama. The one thing we’re looking for from him is being able to compete and not relax.”
The deal amounts to a second 10-day contract as the season has fewer than 10 days remaining. The Hornets would have the option of placing on their postseason roster should New Orleans obtain a playoff berth.
The Hornets host Houston on Wednesday in a game where a win would secure the postseason.