Sources: Peterson agrees to $23M deal with Hornets

Morris Peterson


NBA free agent Morris Peterson agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, multiple sources say.

ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan reports that Morris will get $23 million over the four years with a "trade kicker" included in the contract.

Peterson is expected to sign the deal following a vacation, according to an AP source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

Peterson visited Salt Lake City earlier this week to meet with
Utah Jazz officials. He also said Detroit, New Jersey, Cleveland,
Miami and Toronto had expressed interest in him.

He has spent his entire seven-season career with the Raptors.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Peterson, who can play shooting guard or small forward, has career averages of 12 points along with nearly
four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

His production and playing time fell last season -- averaging 8.9 points and 21.4 minutes -- one season after career highs in scoring
(16.8), rebounding (4.6), steals (1.3) and minutes (38) a game.

Peterson produced sporadically during a first-round series
against the Nets last season. He scored 17 points in Toronto's Game
5 win, then had nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block
in Game 6 when the Raptors were eliminated.

After helping Michigan State win the 2000 national championship, Peterson was drafted 21st by the Raptors. He averaged 14 points in his second and third NBA season and 12.5 in his fourth season.

As a restricted free agent in 2004, the Hornets signed Peterson
to a $15 million, three-year offer sheet and Toronto retained him
by matching the deal.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN Insider Chris Sheridan was used in this report.