Hornets pick up option on Paul's contract

Thursday, October 26th 2006, 8:51 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The New Orleans Hornets picked up an option on Chris Paul's contract.

Wednesday's move keeps the reigning rookie of the year with the Hornets for at least two more seasons.

Paul was the number four overall pick in last year's NBA draft. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.8 assists last season to lead all rookies, and his 175 steals were the most in the NBA.

The Hornets still have an option to pick up the fourth year of Paul's contract for the 2008-09 season.