Pelicans waive Mike James, Rashad Vaughn
For guards Mike James and Rashad Vaughn, their time with the New Orleans Pelicans have officially come to an end as the team waived both of them. The transaction was announced on the Pelicans’ team website and was also posted to the team’s Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 10, 2018
James, a 27-year old point guard who recently had another two-way contract earlier this season with the Phoenix Suns, requested his release from the Pelicans the other day. He was signed to a two-way contract with New Orleans on Jan. 14 and appeared in four games with the Pels, totaling four points and six assists in just 18 minutes of action.
International basketball reporter David Pick announced on Twitter that James planned to return to Euroleague competition with Panathinaikos B.C. in Athens, Greece.
Source: Mike James has requested to be waived by New Orleans to return to Panathinaikos on a deal for the rest of the season. Official soon.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) February 9, 2018
Last season in Euroleague, Mike James won 2017 Greek Cup championship with Panathinaikos and was named the 2017 Greek League Most Spectacular Player. James just recently took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself in his green Panathinaikos jersey.
Vaughn’s stay in New Orleans lasted only two days before he was released and did not appear in any games for the Pelicans. The 21-year-0ld shooting guard Vaughn, who played college basketball at UNLV and was drafted No. 17 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, was previously traded on Feb. 5 to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Tyler Zeller.
Just three days later, Rashad Vaughn was on the move yet again and was traded from the Nets to the Pels in exchange for veteran forward Dante Cunningham. Life comes at you fast, as James is set to go back to playing overseas in Greece and Vaughn is without a team for the time being.