In the wake of Eric Gordon's injury, the Pelicans moved Thursday to bolster their backcourt, signing guard Bryce Dejean-Jones to a 10-day contract.
Dejean-Jones, who had been playing for the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede, was in preseason camp with the Pelicans in the fall. He is available for Thursday night’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.
The 6-foot-6 Dejean-Jones has played nine games this season for the Stampede, averaging 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He shot 42.7 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from 3-point range for Idaho.
In seven preseason games with the Pelicans, Dejean-Jones averaged 8.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.2 minutes per game. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from 3-point range. In six summer league games with New Orleans, Dejean-Jones averaged 12.8 points on 61.9 percent shooting from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range.
Gordon fractured the ring finger on his right hand in the Pelicans' win Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and underwent successful surgery on Wednesday. He's expected to miss four to six weeks.
In 41 games this season, Gordon is averaging 14.9 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. His 101 made 3-pointers this season lead the Pelicans and rank ninth in the NBA.