Pelicans sign Toney Douglas to 10-day contract


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.

Pelicans release:

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.