The Pelicans had Ish Smith on the roster earlier this season, but let him go when all the guards on the roster finally got healthy. Except that health didn’t last — Eric Gordon is out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured finger. The Pelicans needed another guard on the roster for depth, but Smith isn’t available as he has become the guy turning the Sixers into a respectable team.
So the Pelicans have turned to Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Jones played well for the Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.8 points a game on 61.8 percent shooting. He came to training camp with New Orleans and played well there, too, but he was on the wrong side of the numbers game. Even now he’s not going to get a lot of run with the team, he’s there for insurance purposes.
Expect Jones to get a second 10-day contract, but it will be interesting to see what the Pelicans do at the end of that time.