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New Orleans Pelicans closing in on 1-year deal with combo forward Terrence Jones

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The Pelicans are in line to take an extremely low risk, high reward chance on Anthony Davis' former running mate at University of Kentucky.

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Per a report from Shams Charania of the Vertical, (very late I might add ... like 2 a.m. East Coast time) the Pelicans are "nearing agreement" on a deal with Terrence Jones. Key words there are probably "nearing agreement" - so nothing official yet -- but it appears at the moment that the Pelicans will sign Terrence Jones to a 1-year deal.

Jones is a versatile combo big that played for the Houston Rockets last season. Jones entered training camp as a key piece to the Rockets core, but due to injuries and finding the dog house, he saw little playing time by season's end.

Terrence Jones is just 24 and has shown a lot of promise as recently as just two seasons ago. Standing 6'9.5" with a big 7'2.5" wingspan, a massive 8'11" standing reach, and tipping the scales at 252 pounds, Jones will be able to give the Pelicans valuable depth at the power forward spot. He is also capable of giving spot minutes at the center position where he played 24% of his minutes last season. So, the fit with Terrence Jones on the Pelicans appears excellent.

Before free agency began, one of our writers identified Terrence Jones as a great low cost and high reward gamble for the Pelicans.

Two seasons ago, at the age of 22, Jones started 77 games for the Houston Rockets. He averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist per game. Jones advanced metrics were where he really shined. He posted a 19.1 PER, a 2.2 VORP, and a 119 offensive rating paired with a 104 defensive rating.

Since then, however, it has pretty much been all downhill for Terrence Jones. In the 2014-15 season, he suffered an injury that kept him out most of the season. In 2015-16, among the turmoil of Houston's poor start, Jones fell out of favor with the coaching staff and started in just 11 games and only played in 50 games total. His PER diminished all the way to 13.5 and he posted the first negative rating of his career at 105 on offense and 109 on defense.

Jones played at the University of Kentucky with Anthony Davis and was part of the 2011-2012 National Championship team. Can the Pelicans rekindle some of the magic Jones and Davis had at Kentucky? Only time will tell, but Jones is a much welcomed risk to an otherwise safe offseason for Dell Demps and the New Orleans Pelicans.