A day after saying goodbye to Sean Kilpatrick and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Pelicans have waived Bo McCalebb, Jeff Adrien and Bryce Dejean-Jones. The current roster now stands at 14, one under the maximum of 15 allowed by the NBA.
McCalebb and Adrien have appeared on their way out for some time, but cutting Dejean-Jones may appear to be somewhat of a surprise. New Orleans is dealing with a myriad of injuries, and moreover, he has been a bright spot. During the preseason, Jones tallied the fifth highest PER on the team (19.8), had the highest true shooting percentage (63.8%) outside of Omer Asik and Jeff Adrien and displayed solid length and athleticism that might eventually translate into a certifiable NBA two-way player.
It's difficult to say, but at this juncture, the last point might have been his undoing: a lack of experience. Gerald Green went off for 24 points against the Pelicans Friday night and a number of scores came against Jones. In his post-game comments, Alvin Gentry specifically didn't blame Jones.
"Well, I thought Bryce did a good job. He played well. He's guarding a guy that's his whole reputation. It's not so much about Bryce defensively."
Thus, we should conclude the Pelicans don't believe he's ready to be a contributor, and with all of the team's injuries, that 15th roster spot may be better suited for an interim veteran and quite possibly another point guard.
Notably, Alvin Gentry said this week there’s a chance Pels would look to add another point guard. https://t.co/11EvHuLSWF— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) October 24, 2015
Against the Miami Heat, Nate Robinson played 18 minutes but failed to convert on any of his 4 field goal attempts. McCalebb, who himself has played poorly during the preseason, saw 12 minutes of action. It's safe to say Dell Demps doesn't appear sold on Krypto-Nate.
As for Bryce Dejean-Jones, this may not be the last we've heard from him. I'll have to double-check, but I think he could still wind up in the D-League on a salary of $50,000, the amount that was guaranteed to him back in July. Although he would be free to sign with any of the other 29 teams to an NBA contract, the hope is he would reciprocate the Pelicans good will by giving New Orleans the first chance to sign him at a later date.