The Pelicans have signed Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract, the team announced. The five-year NBA veteran became a free agent this week with the conclusion of his deal with Jiangsu Nangang of China. New Orleans had two open roster spots after the expiration of Nate Wolters‘ second 10-day deal this week, so it didn’t need to make any corresponding move.
Douglas put up 24.7 points in 31.6 minutes per game with 39% three-point shooting during his 34 appearances in China, though he only started nine games for the club. He worked out this summer for the Lakers in what agent David Falk client deemed as an early tryout for a deal once he returned stateside, since he’d already committed to play in China. He’d also drawn interest from the Bulls after finishing last season on the Heat’s bench.
New Orleans is without Jrue Holiday for a few weeks as he deals with a stress reaction in his leg, and the trades of Austin Rivers and Russ Smith had left Tyreke Evans, who’s seen more action at the wing over the course of his NBA career, as the team’s only point guard. Douglas will fill that need, though he’s never averaged more than the 3.0 assists per game he logged during the 2010/11 season with the Knicks.