The Pelicans remain on the lookout for point guard depth, according to Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate, who tweets that the club is hoping to add another player to its camp roster at that position.
As we relayed last week, New Orleans recently worked out veteran point guard Ty Lawson, along with Tyrone Wallace, who was a two-way player for the Clippers last season. In addition to those free agents, the Pelicans have also taken a closer look at Darius Morris and Erick Green, per Kushner.
A former second-round pick who hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2015, Morris has played extensively for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League and also spent some time in China with the Guangdong Southern Tigers last season.
Green, a former standout at Virginia Tech, has played primarily overseas in recent years, having been a member of Valencia in Spain during the 2017/18 campaign. The 6’3″ guard averaged a team-high 14.4 PPG in 28 EuroLeague contests with Valencia, making 41.7% of his three-pointers.
Currently, Jrue Holiday, Elfrid Payton, and Frank Jackson highlight the Pelicans’ point guard depth chart. However, Jackson has yet to appear in an NBA game after missing his rookie year with a broken foot, and New Orleans was fond of playing Holiday off the ball alongside Rajon Rondo last year, so the All-Defensive guard figures to see action at the two again in 2018/19.
The Pelicans only have 12 players on fully guaranteed contracts, with Jahlil Okafor, Emeka Okafor, Troy Williams, and DeAndre Liggins among the other veterans vying for roster spots. With one opening left on their 20-man offseason roster, the Pelicans may bring in a point guard to compete for a spot on the 15-man regular season squad as well.