The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a verbal agreement with former Chicago Bulls guard E'Twaun Moore according to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate. Moore, a five year veteran, averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game last season for the Bulls while posting an 11.4 PER. The contract is reportedly for four seasons, $34 million, with no options or unguaranteed amounts.
Moore was a highly sought after guard with both the Pelicans and Bulls in hot pursuit throughout the day. The 27 year old shot an impressive 45.2% behind the arc this season, an improvement over his career 36.9% mark. Not truly a point guard or a shooting guard, Moore will likely play as a combo guard behind Jrue Holiday off the bench, filling in the gaps as needed.
The big plus is Moore's reputation as a defender. Midway through the season the Bulls blog, Blogabull, wrote that Moore was playing like Tony Allen with a jumpshot.
The Bulls have cited a lack of communication multiple times as the biggest impediment to their defense. E'Twaun Moore is great at communicating rotations on transition, which is where the Bulls get burned a lot.
Moore gets back quickly in transition here and points out the matchups for his teammates, ensuring that everyone knows who they are guarding:
Source: the #Pelicans have come to an agreement with ETwaun Moore. 4 years, $34 million.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) July 2, 2016
Source: There are no options on E'Twaun Moore's four-year deal with the #Pelicans.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) July 2, 2016
The Pelicans do not have much cap space left to work with unless a trade is made. Stay tuned to The Bird Writes as this story continues to develop.