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Pelicans gives second two-way slot to Josh Gray

Josh Gray, Pelicans

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the New Orleans Pelicans have given their second two-way slot to 25-year old point guard Josh Gray.

Josh Gray last suited up with the Brooklyn Nets summer league squad. He played six games, where he averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals and shot 49 percent from the field.

His performance didn’t seem to impress the Nets enough. Fortunately, Gray was able to catch some eyes from the Pelicans front office and secure a two-way deal with the team.

There is no guarantee whether Gray will see the floor at all with the Pelicans this season. New Orleans has some depth at the guard spots with Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, and Josh Hart. Rookie guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker likewise turned some heads with his outstanding play in summer league, which earned him first team honors. He’ll likely be ahead of Gray in New Orleans’ priority list.

Gray will have to showcase his skills and capabilities further for the Pelicans G-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks, which will have its debut campaign this season.

Gray has actually seen some NBA action when he played five games for the Phoenix Suns in the 2017-18 season. In those five appearances, Gray averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals in over 17 minutes per contest.

The 6-foot-1 guard also played for the Northern Arizona Suns, the Phoenix Suns G-League affiliate, for two seasons. In 2017-18, Gray averaged 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.3 steals, while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from deep. Last season, Gray went East and played with the Changwon LG Sakers in the Korean Basketball League.