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Pelicans Sign Bryce Dejean-Jones To 10-Day Pact

THURSDAY, 3:24pm: The signing is official, the team announced.

WEDNESDAY, 5:31pm: The Pelicans intend to sign combo guard Bryce Dejean-Jones to a 10-day contract, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link) and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports confirms (via Twitter). The addition of Dejean-Jones will give New Orleans a roster count of 15 players, which is the regular season maximum.

New Orleans needs to add backcourt depth in the wake of losing shooting guard Eric Gordon for four to six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a broken right finger earlier today. The Pelicans are ineligible to apply for a disabled player exception, because the deadline to do so was this past Friday. Gordon and Quincy Pondexter, who underwent season-ending surgery today, are the only Pelicans with current long-term injuries, so a hardship provision of a 16th roster spot isn’t a possibility.

Dejean-Jones had signed with the Pelicans back in August as an undrafted free agent after winning a spot on the New Orleans summer league team. He averaged 8.8 points in 18.2 minutes per game during the preseason, but a slew of injuries helped convince the Pelicans to waive him prior to opening night. He’s since joined the Jazz affiliate in the D-League and has posted 19.2 points in 31.3 minutes per contest across nine appearances.

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