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New Orleans Pelicans sign Sindarius Thornwell as substitute player for remainder of 2019-20 season

The New Orleans Pelicans came to terms with the 2017 48th overall pick. Thornwell will join the Pelicans in Orlando restart.

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The New Orleans Pelicans came to terms with veteran free agent guard Sindarius Thornwell today as a substitute player for their upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida. NBA teams are allowed to carry a maximum of 17 players on each roster.

Thornwell was selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, but spent both of his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent all four collegiate years at South Carolina, where he was named SEC Player of the Year after leading them to their first Final Four appearance in school history as a senior.

After playing nearly 16 minutes per game across 73 performances in his first season, Thornwell’s usage dropped to just under five minutes per game across 64 games in his second. Thornwell has not appeared in a single NBA game to date in the 2019-20 season.

As a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G-League, Thornwell played in 26 games in 2019-20, averaging 28.9 minutes per game with 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

Listed at 6’5” and 215 pounds, Thornwell is a hard-nosed defender with a decent stroke from three having shot 37.7 percent from three in his first season. Should he merit action, it could be due to his versatility on the defensive end and a 6’10” wing span.

Darius Miller will not travel with the team as he continues to rehab. However, he is not eligible to be replaced according to Christian Clarke of The Advocate.

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