Despite the trade deadline closing and All-Star Weekend passing, the New Orleans Pelicans’ roster continues to be in a state of flux.
Walter Lemon, Jr. is the latest addition, agreeing on a 10-day contract Tuesday afternoon sources confirmed to The Advocate. The 6-foot-3 guard possesses strong scoring potential, averaging 22.3 points per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the G-League this season.
Yahoo Sports first reported the signing.
The former Bradley University standout will make his NBA debut this weekend, after spending two seasons in the G-League and making four different stops on European teams.
Lemon, Jr. joins center Emeka Okafor on the 10-day line. Okafor was inked his second and final 10-day last week, meaning New Orleans will need to decide soon whether to keep him for the remainder of the season.
Tuesday’s move, however, fills the slot vacated by guards Mike James and Rashad Vaughn, who were waived in recent weeks.
The Pelicans still possess multiple injury exception slots on their roster due to at least four players being out for several weeks. Not only is All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) done for the year, but forward Solomon Hill (hamstring), guard Frank Jackson (foot) and center Alexis Ajinca (knee) have not appeared this entire season.
Hill and Jackson’s timelines are still unknown.
In the meantime, Lemon Jr., 25, will get an opportunity.