Pelicans Trade For Tyshawn Taylor, Pierre Jackson Tweets Displeasure
Brooklyn Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor is heading south for the Crescent City. Lacking depth at point guard, the New Orleans Pelicans traded a conditional 2nd round draft pick to Brooklyn in exchange for the 23 year old Taylor, and cash.
The Nets acquired point guard Marquis Teague from the Bulls in a different trade, making Taylor expendable.
Pelicans starting PG Jrue Holiday is currently out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his tibia. Backups Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers have struggled. Taylor is a low risk acquisition, as he's making the league minimum-level $788,872, and the Nets paid the Pelicans to take him.
Taylor was averaging 11.7 minutes a game with Brooklyn, scoring 3.9 point a game on 34.1% shooting. His 1.6 assists, is promising when you consider he's assisting on 22% of his offensive possession (according to basketballreference.com).
One player unhappy with the trade is D-League PG Pierre Jackson. The rookie out of Baylor was drafted in the 2nd round last June by the Pelicans, and has been lighting up the scoreboard in NBADL, averaging 29.9 points a game.
When news broke of the trade of Taylor, Jackson tweeted, "WOW the disrespect..." The tweet was deleted shortly thereafter, but replaced with the following.
Jackson's agent requested a trade last week. The Pelicans are likely looking for a pass first point guard. Robert and Rivers are both PGs that look to score often. Jackson looks to score even more. Taylor is young, and has a better assist to possession ratio.