The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Jordan Crawford today, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The decision comes just a little after the Pelicans decided to sign veteran point guard Jameer Nelson. The NBA denied the Pelicans’ appeal to guarantee an injury exception contract, which is why they were forced to waive Crawford to make room for Nelson.
Crawford played in both Pelicans games so far this season, and played well averaging 9.0 points and 3.5 assists while 4-of-5 threes in 16 minutes a night. The decision was clearly because the Pelicans are in need of a point guard at the moment while Rajon Rondo is still on the mend.
Nelson was waived by the Denver Nuggets a few weeks back and has been somewhat of a coveted free agent since due to his experience. His name was tied to many teams before the decision to sign with the Pelicans was made today.
Nelson averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 assists in 27.3 minutes per game last season in Denver. He appeared in 75 games, started 39 and shot 38.8 percent from beyond the arc, his highest mark since the 2010-11 season.
Nelson will be 35 years old this season, so he doesn’t have a ton left in the tank, but last year he had a mini resurgence and for a team in New Orleans’ situation, he could prove to be a solid fit, especially while the roster is shorthanded with Rondo out.