Injuries have prompted the Pelicans to make more moves in an attempt to optimize its roster.
The latest is the signing of former UNO point guard Bo McCalebb, who will replace Corey Webster, according to multiple sources close to the situation. McCalebb’s addition forced the Pelicans to make a cut, since its roster is not allowed to exceed 20 players in preseason practice, and the regular season roster is capped at 15.
Despite starring at UNO from 2003-2008 and setting the Sun Belt’s career scoring record with 2,679 points, this is McCalebb’s first opportunity in the NBA. The 30-year old has played on five European teams and won a multitude of championships and Most Valuable Player awards in Italy, Serbia and Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans developed a need for an experienced point guard when Norris Cole suffered a high ankle sprain earlier in the week, coupled with starter Jrue Holiday’s ongoing minutes restriction, which is expected to limit him to 15 minutes per game.
There are 13 Pelicans on guaranteed contracts, leaving just two spots for the group of seven aiming for the final roster spots.
McCalebb, a former O. Perry Walker standout, is a more of a natural point guard than Webster, who was playing out of position in New Orleans.
After paying his own way from New Zealand to try out and eventually make the initial roster, Webster played just 21 minutes in three preseason games, totaling six assists and four points.