Bryce Dejean-Jones

Pelicans’ rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has died at age 23


This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans Organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones,” the Pelicans’ organization said in a statement. “We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

“The NBA family mourns the tragic loss of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones,” the league said in its statement. ” Bryce inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance on his journey to the NBA, and he had a bright future in our league. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Bryce’s family and the entire Pelicans organization during this difficult time.”

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.

The account of him being shot has been confirmed by multiple sources, including the Dallas Police Department, which released an incident report to the Dallas Morning News. Here is that report:

“On May 28, 2016, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Dallas officers responded to the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue regarding a shooting. Upon arrival officers found one individual had been shot. The resident of the apartment reported that an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment. The resident, who was asleep in the bedroom, heard the individual enter and retrieved a handgun. He stated he called out to the individual, but was not answered. As the individual kicked the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun. The individual left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway. The individual was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. This offense is documented on case number 127685-2016 and Dallas Police Homicide is conducting an investigation.”

There are reports Dejean-Jones had been in a fight with his girlfriend and mother of his child, left, and upon returning went to the wrong floor of the apartment building.

Understandably, players who knew Dejean-Jones are grieving.

Dejean-Jones was undrafted out of Iowa State, he was picked up on a 10-day contract by New Orleans this season, but the rash of injuries the Pelicans suffered 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. On Feb. 19 he took a hard fall and fractured his wrist, which eventually required surgery and ended his season. He was a guy known for attitude problems at the start of his college career at USC the UNLV, but had seemed to mature and his game had as well. He looked like someone who could stick as a reserve guard in the NBA.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Pelicans’ Bryce Dejean-Jones out for season with wrist surgery

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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.

Report: Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans out for season due to planned knee surgery

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The Pelicans’ just can’t get and stay healthy. Tyreke Evans just can’t stay healthy this season.

Evans — who has averaged 15.2 points and a team-high 6.6 assists per game this season — will be done for the season following planned knee surgery, reports Shams Charania of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Pelicans had been looking at potential trades for Evans, all of that is dead now. (New Orleans would like to move Eric Gordon, but most other teams are more interested in Ryan Anderson.)

The Pelicans have been 3.2 points per 100 possessions better this season with Evans on the court. However, in recent weeks coach Alvin Gentry has given increasing minutes and increasing responsibilities to Jrue Holiday.

It is possible Gentry keeps Bryce Dejean-Jones starting and bringing Holiday off the bench (as he did last game), just to keep the bench rotations where he wants them. Also, expect Norris Cole to get more run.

None of this matters much, this has been a lost season for the 19-32 Pelicans. They are the current 12 seed, 6.5 games out of the last playoff spot, they are not catching anyone. Don’t be shocked if Anthony Davis is shut down early for the season as well.

Report: Pelicans sign Sean Kilpatrick, who could make more of his geographic good fortune

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The Pelicans, unless they have unannounced agreements with other players, should be an intriguing option for low-level free agents.

New Orleans has just 12 players with guaranteed salaries plus Jeff Adrien (unclear guarantee), Bryce Dejean-Jones ($50,000 guaranteed) and Norris Cole (unsigned qualifying offer).

There’s potential to make the regular-season roster.

Sean Kilpatrick will try to seize it.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

An interesting note on Kilpatrick: If he makes the team, he’ll earn the second-year minimum rather than the rookie minimum – $1,882 per day he’s on the regular-season roster. That’s because Kilpatrick gained a year of service when he signed a 10-day contract with the Timberwolves last season.

And why did Minnesota sign him?

Because he was in the New York area when Minnesota, hit hard by injury, needed an extra player.