DeAndre Liggins signing a 10-day contract with Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are going to give shooting guard DeAndre Liggins a 10-day contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent guard DeAndre Liggins is signing a 10-day contract with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Pelicans are using an injury exception to acquire Liggins, who was waived in Milwaukee.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2018
The Pelicans are currently gutted with numerous injuries, so it only makes sense for New Orleans to add a temporary body to their roster. Anthony Davis, Frank Jackson, Tony Allen, Alex Ajinca, and Solomon Hill are all shelved as of the moment with various ailments, leaving a nearly-empty cupboard of players for the Pelicans to utilize.
Bobby Marks of ESPN, meanwhile, delves further into the details of Liggins’ contract with the Pelicans, in terms of its financial impact on the team’s salary situation.
DeAndre Liggins will earn $89,109 on his 10-Day Contract with New Orleans having a $83,129 cap hit. The Pelicans are now $706,678 below the luxury tax. Liggins 10-Day will expire on January 19th.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 10, 2018
Liggins has been around the league for only four years, but he has already suited up for six teams prior to his looming arrival in New Orleans. Liggins last played for the Milwaukee Bucks, who cut him just last Sunday. In 31 games played for the Bucks this season, Liggins averaged minuscule numbers of 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in only 15.5 minutes per game.
Taken 53rd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Liggins will get reunited with former Kentucky Wildcats teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Darius Miller with the Pelicans.
Liggins is not expected to play heavy minutes for the Pelicans. He would likely just be an insurance policy in New Orleans with Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, and Miller all clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.
The Pelicans have a road game against the Memphis Grizzlies this Wednesday, but it’s unsure how many minutes DeAndre Liggins would spend on the floor. That’s if he even plays at all.