SEPTEMBER 13TH, 8:59am: The Pelicans will sign New Zealand star Corey Webster for training camp, according to Marc Hinton of stuff.co.nz. Several NBA teams had expressed interest in Webster, who recently held a workout for New Orleans. He will receive a a three-year, non-guaranteed contract.
At 6’2″, Webster will be seeking a backcourt spot with the Pelicans, who have just 13 guaranteed contracts. His competition will include guards Bryce Dejean-Jones and Sean Kilpatrick, who both inked partially guaranteed deals this summer. Restricted free agent Norris Cole remains unsigned with barely two weeks remaining until training camp.
Webster, 26, attended college in the United States at the former Lambuth University in Tennessee, but has played his entire professional career overseas. He will continue to work out with the Pelicans staff until camp opens September 29th.
“I am not there yet but this is another positive step towards my dream of playing in the NBA,” Webster said. “The past week has gone well and the coaches have been impressed enough by the workouts to want me to stay for the training camp. It is again up to me now to prove my value to the organisation, to put my head down and give it my best shot at training camp. I came here this week with a three-day window to impress, this has bought me more time and a chance to take the jump into the actual NBA roster.”