The Pelicans are signing free agent point guard Toney Douglas to replace waived Nate Robinson, sources close to the situation confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday afternoon.
Douglas played with New Orleans in the latter stages of the 2014-15 season, appearing in 12 games off of the bench, averaging 4.3 points per game. The Pelicans declined to retain in him in the offseason, allowing him to sign with the Indiana Pacers, where he was waived before the start of the season.
The Pelicans are searching for help at point guard and it was apparent Robinson would not be the man to provide it. The 11-year veteran was signed on Oct. 15 after injuries to Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole sliced the team’s backcourt depth, but Robinson struggled defensively, didn’t score and was minus-20 in his 23 minutes on the floor.
Meanwhile, Douglas proved to be defensively stable in his brief stint with the Pelicans last year, drawing praise from former coach Monty Williams for his aggressive on-ball skills. He’ll likely play behind Ish Smith, who was signed Monday, just a day before the team’s season-opening loss at Golden State.
Starting point guard Jrue Holiday is active but is limited to just 20 minutes per game while he recovers from a lingering stress reaction in his right leg. He’s also unlikely to play when games are on consecutive days, and the Pelicans have four more back-to-backs before the end of the December.
Douglas is expected to arrive in New Orleans on Friday and should be available when they tip off against the Warriors in the home opener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night in the Smoothie King Center.
Although Robinson started in the season opener, his time with the team is finished.
Earlier Thursday , the Pels waived the Robinson, a day after he played four minutes in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Robinson, who signed with the team Oct. 15, did not score in two games. He started the season opener Tuesday at Golden State. He had four assists and a steal and missed his only field-goal attempt.