Searching for depth on the wing the New Orleans Pelicans will have Chris Douglas-Roberts join Sean Kilpatrick and Bryce Dejean-Jones competing for a roster spot. Shams Charania reported earlier today that CDR has agreed to a two year minimum contract. The amount of that contract guaranteed has yet to be disclosed.
Douglas-Roberts was a non-factor for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. However, during the 2013-14 season CDR was a crucial contributor to the Charlotte Bobcats run to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. In his most efficient season behind the arc Douglas-Roberts converted 51 3-point attempts for the Bobcats posting a 38.6% average from deep. Check out At The Hive's season review for a deeper dive into CDR's history.
Of course, his complete lack of production since that year is a significant red flag. However, when looking at the NBA resume of Douglas-Roberts beside Sean Kilpatrick (paper thin) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (non-existent) it makes sense to make CDR the favorite. Douglas-Roberts is a long, thin wing with some history of production behind the 3-point line. At 6'7" he is a more credible defender on small forwards than the shorter Kilpatrick (6'4") and DeJean-Jones (6'5").
All three are signed to multiple year deals so whoever wins this competition could become a good trade chip, or an excellent bargain on the back half of their deals. The more likely result is that none of these three players pans out into an NBA contributor going forward. At least, when it comes to Chris Douglas-Roberts, he has a history of solid play to hope to reach once again.