After his second 10-day deal with the New Orleans Pelicans expired, the team did not waste time in coming to terms with DeAndre Liggins and signed him to a two-year contract. This comes after the team was left impressed with his skill set on both ends of the floor, leading to his new deal only less than a month after he was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report made by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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
The 29-year-old Kentucky product was the 53rd overall pick back in 2011 and played his rookie campaign with the Orlando Magic. He has since bounced back from the G-League and pro leagues in Europe, before having stints with other teams in the NBA the past three years.
Now with a two-year deal with the Pelicans under his belt, Liggins is hoping that he has finally found a home with them and that he’ll be given consistent playing time to prove his worth. With the team losing DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles, they’ll need their entire roster to step up their games as they continue to fight for one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference.
In four appearances for New Orleans so far, Liggins is averaging 4.3 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in only 12.8 minutes per game. However, he may be given more court action moving forward, especially if he continues to show how good he is in being a perimeter defender, which the Pelicans need in order to limit the outside points they give up during their games.