The Pelicans roster keeps expanding.
Another rash of injuries allowed New Orleans to add yet another injury exception, opening space to sign swingman James Ennis to a 10-day contract, league sources told the New Orleans Advocate.
On Monday, the franchise announced both point guard Jrue Holiday (orbital bone) and Alonzo Gee (quad) would miss the remainder of the season, joining Anthony Davis, Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon on the list of Pelicans’ players who won’t be suiting up again this year.
Ennis is the 18th player on the Pelicans’ payroll, three more than the maximum allowed on a healthy NBA roster, but the league’s injury exception policy has allowed general manager Dell Demps to add players to backfill the roster.
“We had more people in our picture than the Saints did in their team picture,” coach Alvin Gentry joked on Monday night.
Now, New Orleans has nine healthy players available for Wednesday night’s road tilt against the San Antonio Spurs.
And Ennis fills some of the needs the Pelicans are looking for. He’s shown an ability to defend multiple positions and score from a variety of places on the floor in 75 career NBA games.
The former Long Beach State product played in 62 games with the Miami Heat last season, averaging 5 points, 2.8 rebounds and shooting 41 percent from the field in 17 minutes per game. He led all rookies in free throw percentage (84 percent) and was also top-15 among rookies in minutes played, games played and finished 17th in points per game.