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Pelicans sign Toney Douglas to replace Nate Robinson

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After waiving Nate Robinson earlier in the day, Toney Douglas has been added to the roster. Outside of one preseason game, Robinson has been completely ineffective, as evidenced by Ish Smith signing with the Pelicans and overtaking him on the depth chart within a 48-hour span.

As you probably remember, Douglas finished the last regular season in New Orleans. He appeared in 12 games and primarily served as a backup to Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole, averaging 4.3 points and 1.2 assists.

Douglas was released at the end of this preseason by the Indiana Pacers. He had averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 assists in five games.

In about a month's time, New Orleans has rotated through 7 players at the point guard position: Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole, Jrue Holiday, Corey Webster, Bo McCalebb, Nate Robinson and Ish Smith. Just as the wheels on a bus go round and round, don't expect Douglas to remain with the team for the rest of the season. Here is what we said about him last February:

Is there anything to see here? Highly HIGHLY unlikely. Douglas is in his age 28 season, and outside of a few decent years at the start of his career in New York (thanks Mike D'Antoni), he's posted backup point guard numbers during the rest of it.

Perhaps the most telling evidence comes via a quote from Monty yesterday:

''Hopefully we'll be able to stick to the rotation we had last game (againstHawks). But it's good to have somebody over there that can step in. He's been in NBA games before, so it wouldn't be a stretch to put him in the game.''

Sounds nothing more than like a warm body on the end of the bench, no? Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with having insurance, but one has to wonder how long this revolving door will continue. First came Gal Mekel, next Nate Wolters, and now Toney Douglas.

The primary reason Douglas was brought in was because Cole and Evans will likely remain sidelined for most if not all of November. In that span, the Pelicans will play in 4 back-to-back games. With Holiday restricted from participating in consecutive nights, New Orleans desperately needed to find someone to help Smith carry the load. Robinson was not that answer; time will tell if Douglas performs any better.