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Pelicans waives Tim Frazier, agrees to deal with Dairis Bertans

Tim Frazier, Dairis Bertans

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly waived 6-foot-1 point guard Tim Frazier in what is believed to be a move to free up a roster spot for the imminent arrival of Euroleague standout Dairis Bertans.

The return of guard Elfrid Payton to the lineup resulted in a diminished role for Frazier. Since the break, the 28-year-old had failed to log a single minute of action, accumulating four straight healthy DNP’s.

Frazier joined the Pelicans in October of last year after he was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks — the team he had initially signed a contract with last summer. In 47 appearances for the Pelicans this season, Frazier has averaged 5.0 points, 0.6 three-pointers, 2.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.3 turnovers in 19.3 minutes of action.

New Orleans starting point guard Elfrid Payton has been struggling with injuries throughout the season, and in his stead, Frazier had been deputizing relatively well. However, it appears that Payton is now very close to a hundred percent, as the 25-year-old was able to log 31 minutes of action against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for Frazier, this only means that his services are no longer required by the Pelicans.

The New Orleans front office has waived the Pennsylvania State alum in the wake of a recent reports stating that the team has agreed to terms with Bertans:

Bertans is the older brother of San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans. Dairis, a 6-foot-4 point guard, joins the Pelicans carrying a very impressive 54% shooting clip from beyond the arc this season in the Euroleague.