The agents for former Hornets power forwards David West, Carl Landry and Jason Smith both said Sunday that the team seems very interested in bringing all three players back for this season. However, Lance Young, who represents West, and Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Landry and Smith, said that their clients are in high demand throughout the league.

NBA general managers, as well as coaches, reportedly can begin contacting players today in an attempt to recruit their services. The scheduled beginning of the compressed free-agency signing period is Friday.