Yesterday, the Pelicans replaced Nate Wolters recently expired 10-day contract with one to Toney Douglas. His most recent appearance in the NBA was with the Miami Heat last season, but he found himself without any hope of a roster spot for 2014-15 with Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier in tow. Thus, he was found filling up boxscores in China.
Douglas, 6-2, 185, most recently played for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, appearing in 35 games while averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Drafted 29th overall out of Florida State in 2009 by the Los Angeles Lakers, Douglas has appeared in 297 career NBA games with New York, Houston, Sacramento, Golden State and Miami, averaging 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
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 (against Hawks). 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 Bigger Question
Considering there has yet to be an announcement updating Jrue Holiday's status, are we to assume that he's not far away from a return because Demps continues to dole out 10 day contracts instead of signing or trading for someone for the rest of the season?
Let's hope that's the case because stress reactions have varied greatly when counted in missed games. Earlier this season, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist missed between 3-4 weeks to a stress reaction in his foot. Conversely, John Wall missed approximately 8 weeks to a stress reaction in his left knee back in 2012.
As we all know, the rub is that the stress reaction occurred in the same leg as his broken tibia from a year ago. JaVale McGee is currently dealing with soreness in his leg that saw his tibia surgically repaired last February, and he's missed nearly most of this season so far.
The fact that all we hear is how anxious Holiday is to get back on the court rather than complaining about any pain or soreness is a good sign; however, each new face that appears on the roster serves as a reminder the team's starting point guard isn't 100% yet.