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.
The Bucks waived Nate Wolters to sign Kenyon Martin (who’s sticking around for the rest of the season), but that move backfired – even more so than initially – when Kendall Marshall suffered a season-ending injury.
Suddenly short-handed at point guard, Milwaukee is turning to the D-League.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd with the Nets last season. The 26-year-old was dealt in the Andrei Kirilenko trade to the 76ers, who waived him, and then signed in the D-League.
Because Larry Sanders has been suspended for at least six games and already served five (of his 10), the Bucks can place him on their suspended list. This allows them to add a 16th player without waiving anyone.
Milwaukee has a deep and talented roster, so Gutierrez will have a tough time sticking if Sanders meets the terms of his suspension and is reinstated this season. But Gutierrez’s familiarity with Kidd gives him at least a slim chance of impressing on the fly and remaining on the roster.
The Bucks signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, waiving the younger and better Nate Wolters in the process.
So, it probably didn’t matter how Martin played. (For the record: six points on 3-of-5 shooting and three rebounds while Milwaukee was outscored by seven points in 15 minutes during wins over the lowly Knicks and Timberwolves and a loss to the Bulls). The Bucks were probably going to keep Jason Kidd’s old friend, regardless.
Milwaukee made good on that assumption today.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward/center Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
After this deal runs out, the Bucks can sign Martin only if they commit for the rest of this season. They probably will.
At best, the 37-year-old Martin will provide toughness and veteran leadership for an up-and-coming team looking to make noise in a pretty-open Eastern Conference.
After unexpectedly clearing waivers, point guard Nate Wolters, who was waived by the Bucks to make room for Kenyon Martin, is close to signing a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
Wolters is a good fit as a backup point guard, probably more dependable than the recently-traded Austin Rivers. He’ll be a good fit in New Orleans. Still, it’s a little unexpected that someone making just over $800,000, who has proven that he’s an NBA player, went unclaimed. A team like the Sixers or Celtics, who are just throwing prospects against the wall at this point, couldn’t have taken a flyer on him?
The Bucks are signing Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, but they already have a full roster of 15 players – a predicament outlined in greater depth here.
It seemed possible they could get a hardship waiver to add a 16th player, but either they didn’t apply, or Larry Sanders or Ersan Ilyasova prevented them from qualifying.
So, Nate Wolters is on his way out of town.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Wolters is on a minimum contract, so any team with an open roster spot (and, if applicable, room beneath the hard cap) can claim him. His salary is fully guaranteed the rest of this season and fully unguaranteed for next season.
He’s also 23 – 14 years younger than Martin.
Though Wolters isn’t in Jason Kidd’s rotation, the point guard was good enough to make my All-Rookie second team last year. The Bucks have preached a long-term vision around Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, but this doesn’t follow it. And I don’t believe Martin, who’s far from a lock to help at all on the court, justifies deviating from the plan.
Wolters is a solid passer who takes care of the ball but doesn’t do much else, including shoot. But he doesn’t try to do too much, either. He’s young and productive enough that I bet someone claims him off waivers, which prioritize teams from worst to best record. Someone should take a chance on him for the rest of this season, and if he doesn’t work out, he can be waived with no penalty in the offseason (or used as a handy trade chip).