The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a verbal agreement with former New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York. Galloway, a two year veteran, averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season for the Knicks while posting an 11.7 PER. Contract details have not yet been released.
Langston Galloway has agreed to terms with New Orleans. Contract details are still being worked on, per sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 6, 2016
Sources: The agreement between Langston Galloway and the New Orleans Pelicans is a two-year deal, which contains a player option for Year 2.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 6, 2016
Galloway is originally from Baton Rouge where he helped lead Christian Life Academy to a Louisiana state title in 2010. He went to Saint Joseph's for college and currently ranks as the second all-time leading scorer behind Jameer Nelson. He led the St. Joe's Hawks to an Atlantic 10 conference title in 2014, his senior season. Galloway was undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and joined the Knicks in January 2015 after playing for their D-League affiliate. Since being called up to the NBA Galloway has played in 127 consecutive games.
Langston Galloway posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5 in the half court and 2.9 in transition last season.— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) July 6, 2016
Last season Galloway played in all 82 games for the Knicks, averaging 24.8 minutes per game. The majority of those minutes (63.2%) came at shooting guard according to Nylon Calculus. While Galloway is on the short side for the shooting guard, listed at just 6'2", he comes with a massive 6'8" wingspan. Like E'Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill before him Galloway is considered a defense first player, ranking 15th among shooting guards defensively according to ESPN's Real Plus-Minus. The folks over at Posting and Toasting, the SB Nation Knicks blog, had glowing things to say about Galloway's defensive impact.
But to echo the above sentiment: Langston Galloway makes everyone shoot worse from everywhere. Much, much worse. And that's really impressive! The Knicks have been a horrible defensive team, especially in the backcourt (hi Jose Calderon!), but in 24 games, Galloway has been an island of shot-contesting excellence.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.