The New Orleans Pelicans are bringing back DeAndre Liggins to the roster, signing him to a two-year contract according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans is bringing back guard DeAndre Liggins on a two-year deal, league sources tell ESPN. His time on a 10-day contract with Pels recently ended. Liggins has shown himself to be a strong perimeter defender.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2018
One should assume Liggin’s contract includes team friendly vocabulary in the form of a partial guarantee for next season, similar to the deals Jordan Crawford, Quinn Cook and Axel Toupane received towards the end of the 2016-17 season.
Liggins appeared in four games with the Pelicans over the span of his two 10-day contracts, averaging 4.3 points and 1.0 steals in 12.8 minutes. He was primarily utilized as a defensive stopper by Head Coach Alvin Gentry, and with Tony Allen included in the Nikola Mirotic trade, he should remain in that role for the rest of the season.
With today’s news, the Pelicans roster currently stands at 15, but remember that Emeka Okafor was just signed to a 10-day contract.
Pelicans are now $950K below the luxury tax and $1.5M below the hard cap after the DeAndre Liggins signing. The Pelicans have 15 players under contract but technically an open roster spot based on the Emeka Okafor 10-Day.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 4, 2018
Expect for Okafor’s roster spot to remain fluid as the Pelicans will likely monitor the buyout candidate market following the NBA trade deadline.