Pelicans Sign Bryce Dejean-Jones To Another Deal, Absolutely The Right Move
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has signed another 10 day contract today, the team announced.
The right move? Absolutely.
Dejean-Jones was released by the Pelicans following training camp, but the undrafted rookie out of Iowa State made enough of an impression to earn a 10 day contract after New Orleans guard Eric Gordon broke his finger.
While Dejean-Jones was expected to earn a few minutes, he's made an impact that surpasses expectations, starting the last two Pelican victories, averaging 35.5 minutes a game.
"He's a guy who is not overwhelmed by the moment," New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson said following a win over Sacramento last Thursday. "You can't tell he's a rookie."
Dejean-Jones played in 5 games over his last 10 day deal, starting two, averaging 5 points and 3 boards. He scored 13 in the win over the Kings and played meaningful minutes late on Saturday in a tight victory over Brooklyn.
NBA teams cannot sign players to more than 2 ten-day deals in a season. Dejean-Jones will be a candidate for a contract that could keep him with the Pelicans the rest of the season once his current 10 day deal expires.
Potential trades could help his cause or hurt his cause as the trade deadline approaches.
He's shown enough so far to deserve a deal for the rest of the season. Strong performances over the next 6 contests would make the Pelicans decision to keep him an easy one.