On a banged-up Pelicans team, rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones became a starter. Undrafted out of Iowa State, he was picked up on a 10-day contract, but injuries pushed him into a starting role for 11 games. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, and to his credit did shoot 37.5 percent from three. His PER or 9.8 would have kept him glued to the bench as a prospect most places, but Alvin Gentry was forced to play Dejean-Jones.
Back on Feb. 19 against the Sixers, Dejean-Jones took a hard fall and injured his wrist. He started two more games with it wrapped up.
Now the Pelicans have announced that Dejean-Jones is out for the season following wrist surgery. There is no timetable for his return.
Dejean-Jones signed a three-year contract (including this season) with the Pelicans after his 10-day deals. He can be bought out cheaply next season (it’s only a partial guarantee), or they can keep him around and try to develop him.