Alvin Gentry will have plenty of options to fill out his roster when the New Orleans Pelicans first-year coach opens training camp Sept. 29.
Sources confirmed to The Advocate on Monday that the Pelicans signed swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts to a two-year, nonguaranteed contract, giving him the opportunity to latch on to one of the team’s final roster spots.
His is the fourth nonguaranteed camp invitation extended by General Manager Dell Demps this offseason. The Pelicans inked Bryce DeJean-Jones, Jeff Adrien and Sean Kilpatrick to similar deals.
New Orleans will travel to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to open training camp with at least 16 players under contract — not including point guard Norris Cole, who could sign his qualifying offer and return to the team anytime.
Douglas-Roberts has played for five teams in six NBA seasons after being drafted by the New Jersey Nets out of Memphis in 2008. He has averaged 7.1 points and 44 percent shooting over that span but played just 12 games last year with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 8.6 minutes.
With a handful of other players at his position, Douglas-Roberts will be forced to fight for a place on the team. That promotes the type of competitiveness Gentry is hoping to encourage.
“(It makes) for a competitive training camp, and that’s what I think every coach wants,” he said. “We do have some guys that have potential and good things can happen. They are going to be fighting for positions with real minutes. I think it’s great. Any coach would prefer to have a really competitive camp, and it looks like we will.”