Pelicans Ink Forward John Salmons To One Year Deal
According to John Reid of nola.com, the New Orleans Pelicans will sign an old teammate of coach Monty Williams to play small forward, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran John Salmons worth $2 million.
Salmons spent his rookie season (2002-2003) with his hometown Philadelphia 76ers. He learned from the veteran Williams, who was playing his last season in the NBA. Each played a part in Philly's first round playoff victory that year against the New Orleans Hornets.
It was believed that New Orleans had found a potential small forward in Omri Casspi, who was part of the 3-team trade that sent Omer Asik to the Pels. However, according to multiple reports, Casspi is expected to be waived by New Orleans.
Salmons spent last season with the Toronto Raptors, averaging 5.0 points, 1.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. The 34-year old started 72 games in 2012-2013 season with the Sacramento Kings, averaging just under 9 points a game. He's never been considered an above average defender, but does excel at catch-and-shoot 3 pointers. According to NBA player tracking, Salmons nailed nearly 43% of his catch-and-shoot 3 point attempts last season.
Salmons was traded to Atlanta on draft night, but waived by the Hawks late last week. New Orleans will likely make another move at small forward, whether it be a cheap veteran in free agency, a low-level trade, or promoting a Summer League player to the active roster.