The Pelicans signed swingman Bryce DeJean-Jones to a three-year contract, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
There is no guaranteed money in the contract, so it basically amounts to a camp invitation and gives DeJean-Jones an opportunity to make the roster, while leaving the Pelicans an option to cut him before the season, according to sources, who also said the Pelicans are using part of the mid-level exception to sign him.
The former Iowa State standout went undrafted in June, but took on a significant role as part of the Pelicans’ summer league team. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 12.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in six games, helping New Orleans generate a 5-1 record.
In a pair of Pelicans’ victories, he notched separate 25 and 26 point games, and fit in to the up-tempo style smoothly, converting shots from the corner and getting to the rim and free throw line often.
The most prominent concern regarding DeJean-Jones entering the draft wasn’t his on-court ability, but his checkered past, which included a stop at UNLV, where he was suspended by coach Dave Rice after a confrontation with coaches and teammates following a game.
He was also arrested while at Iowa State on three charges, but the charges were all eventually dropped.
“I think he’s showing us he can play in this league,” Pelicans’ assistant Darren Erman said during summer league. “He has a lot of NBA skills and he’s tough and has good size. I’ve really like what he’s been able to do for us.”