Add another one to the pile of trades that are still trickling in after the deadline, this one between Phoenix and New Orleans, swapping guards:
Cole had started the day as a member of the Heat but was moved to Phoenix in the Goran Dragic trade. Then the Suns flipped him for Salmons.
This deal accomplishes something for all the teams involved. The Heat have been trying to unload Cole, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Suns didn’t need another point guard on the roster with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. The Pelicans need a short-term point guard while Jrue Holiday recovers from a leg injury that will sideline him at least the next three weeks. Cole isn’t having a good season, but they gave up practically nothing to get him.
And the annual trade deadline requirement that John Salmons has to be moved at least once has been met. Everyone wins.
Jrue Holiday has missed the Pelicans’ last 16 games due to a stress reaction in his right leg.
The injury is still bothering him.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Jrue Holiday aggravated the stress reaction in his lower right leg Monday. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks by the team’s medical staff. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date as more information is available.
Three weeks would cover seven games, but it could be longer.
This is bad news for the Pelicans’ playoff hopes. They’ve been relying on Tyreke Evans at point guard, and Toney Douglas – who’s trying to fill a major hole as the backup one – signed a second 10-day contract. At a certain point, Anthony Davis can take them only so far.
With the Suns trying to trade Goran Dragic, the Thunder’s playoff chances are looking pretty good.
The Pelicans signed Nate Wolters to two 10-day contracts.
Forced by the Collective Bargaining Agreement to sign Wolters for the rest of the season or move on, New Orleans is moving on – to Toney Douglas.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract.
Douglas had been playing in China, and he spent last season with the Heat and Warriors.
He’ll have a chance to help the Pelicans, who desperately need point guard depth – especially with Jrue Holiday injured. Whether Holiday or Tyreke Evans has started at the position, New Orleans’ offense craters when going to the bench.
Holiday as starting point guard:
- Offensive rating with Holiday on: 108.8
- Offensive rating with Holiday off: 99.2
Evans as starting point guard:
- Offensive rating with Evans on: 109.1
- Offensive rating with Evans off: 97.0
That’s partially because the backup point guard doesn’t play as much with Anthony Davis and partially because New Orleans’ bench is weak on the whole. But point guard contributes to that problem.
If Douglas can fill a small role and merely keep the Pelicans’ offense afloat, that could do wonders for their playoff chances. New Orleans is 1.5 games behind the Suns for eighth place in the Western Conference and one game ahead of the hard-charging Thunder.
Douglas didn’t play in the Pelicans’ 102-91 loss to Oklahoma City last night, but they need him to acclimate quickly and join the rotation.