Daniel Theis Signs With Pelicans

JULY 9: Theis’ deal with New Orleans is now official, according to the NBA’s transaction log.

JULY 8: Free agent center Daniel Theis will join the Pelicans on a one-year contract, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

His salary will be roughly $3MM, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic (Twitter link). That suggests it’s probably a minimum-salary deal, which would be worth $2,800,834.

The well-traveled big man will provide an inside presence for a New Orleans team that just lost Jonas Valanciunas, who was shipped to Washington in a sign-and-trade deal. Theis could be in contention for a starting spot, depending on how the Pelicans fill out the rest of their roster.

New Orleans will be the sixth team for Theis, who averaged 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 59 games with the Clippers last season. He signed with L.A. in mid-November after being waived by Indiana.

Theis, 32, began his career with Boston in 2017. He also had short stays with Chicago and Houston, along with a return to the Celtics late in the 2021/22 season.

Theis was one of the stars of the German team that went undefeated while winning the gold medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. He will represent Germany again at this year’s Summer Olympics.

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