The New Orleans Hornets will not have their backup center from last year when the lockout-shortened regular season starts.
Aaron Gray has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, according to Yahoo! Sports via Twitter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 7-foot, 270 pound post player spent the last two seasons with New Orleans, appearing in 65 regular seaosn games with six starts. Gray, who came to the Hornets in a trade with the Bulls for guard Devin Brown, has averaged between three and four points a game throughout his five-year NBA career. He notched a career-high average of 13 minutes per game and 4.2 rebounds per outing last season.
The University of Pittsburgh product has been dogged during his career by weight problems. Gray, age 27, was a 2007 secondround pick by Chicago.
New Orleans now have Emeka Okafor as the only center on their roster, which had only five players under contract when the lockout ended.
Toronto has also signed former Hornets swingman Rasual Butler.
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