THURSDAY, 8:09pm: The Pelicans are finalizing a multiyear arrangement with free agent shooting guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports reports (via Twitter). It will be a three-year deal that includes a partial guarantee for next season, Charania notes. This implies that Dejean-Jones’ salary for 2017/18 will be non-guaranteed. Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate was the first to relay that New Orleans was in line to ink Dejean-Jones.
The second 10-day deal that Dejean-Jones signed with the Pelicans expired last week, leaving New Orleans no other option but to sign him for the remainder of the season if it wished to retain him, given that teams are only permitted to sign players to two 10-day contracts per season. The Lakers, Grizzlies, Jazz, Spurs and Suns also reportedly checked in on Dejean-Jones, though it is unclear if any of those teams made him a formal contract offer.
Dejean-Jones is averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game this season, having made 10 of his 26 3-point attempts. New Orleans had originally signed him in August to a deal for training camp that included a $50K partial guarantee for this season, but Dejean-Jones didn’t make the opening night roster. He appeared in nine games for Utah’s D-League affiliate before the Pelicans signed him in January to the first of his 10-day pacts.
New Orleans is using its mid-level exception to accommodate the deal, since the team is over the cap and thus otherwise limited to handing out contracts of no more than two years in length. It’ll be the fourth contract, and the second for Dejean-Jones, that the Pelicans will have crammed into their mid-level. The others are Dante Cunningham‘s three-year, $8.395MM deal, Alonzo Gee‘s two-year, $2.699MM pact, and Dejean-Jones’ preseason contract.