Pelicans convert John Butler’s contract into a two-way contract

The New Orleans Pelicans have converted the contract of forward John Butler to a two-way contract.

Butler, 7-2, 174, played one collegiate season at Florida State, where he averaged 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 31 games. During his freshman campaign, Butler led the Seminoles with 33 three-point shots made as he became the first true freshman in school history to lead Florida State in three-pointers made and three-point field goal percentage (.393).

In the 2022 NBA 2K Summer League, Butler appeared in four games (two starts) for the Pelicans, averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 12-of-16 (.750) from the floor and 6-of-9 (.667) from three-point range.

New Orleans Pelicans sign Larry Nance Jr. to contract extension

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed forward Larry Nance Jr. to a multi-year contract extension.

Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune a few days ago, “Nance, who was already owed $9.7 million this season, will sign a two-year extension with New Orleans worth $21.6 million. His deal contains no team or player options, a league source said.”

Nance Jr., 6-7, 245, who was acquired by New Orleans in a mid-season trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, appeared in 46 games (11 starts) during the 2021-22 season, averaging 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals in 22.6 minutes per game. In nine games with New Orleans, Nance Jr. averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 20.2 minutes per game while shooting .551 from the floor and .500 from deep. In the Pelicans’ first round playoff series with Phoenix, Nance Jr. appeared in all six games and averaged 9.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.7 minutes per contest.

Per the Times-Picayune, “Nance, once he was fully healed from right knee surgery, gave the Pelicans important minutes as a backup big man upon returning to the lineup in late March.”

Drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, the seven-year veteran has appeared in 396 games (134 starts) with the L.A. Lakers, Cleveland, Portland and New Orleans, posting career averages of 8.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.1 minutes, while converting .529 from the field, .333 from behind the arc and .689 from the free throw line. Nance has also appeared in 26 postseason games for Cleveland and New Orleans, averaging 5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.8 minutes per contest.

Pelicans sign CJ McCollum to contract extension

The New Orleans Pelicans and guard CJ McCollum have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced today.

Per The Advocate, “the Pelicans are signing McCollum to a two-year, $64 million extension, which will keep him under contract through the 2025-26 season. McCollum already was owed $33.3 million in 2022-23 and $35.8 million in 2023-24. Tacking on two years to his deal ensures that McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson are all under contract with the Pelicans for the next three seasons.”

McCollum, 6-3, 190, who was acquired by New Orleans in a mid-season trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, appeared in 62 games (all starts) during the 2021-22 season, averaging 22.1 points, 5.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.6 minutes per game. In 26 games as a Pelican, McCollum averaged 24.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.8 minutes per game while shooting .493 from the floor and .394 from deep. In the Pelicans’ first round playoff series with Phoenix, McCollum started all six games and averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 39.0 minutes per game.

The nine-year veteran has appeared in 590 games (493 starts) with Portland and New Orleans, averaging 19.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals in 31.6 minutes, while shooting .455 from the floor, .396 from three-point range and .810 from the free throw stripe. McCollum has also appeared in 63 games (53 starts) over nine postseasons with Portland and New Orleans. He holds playoff averages of 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 35.4 minutes per game, while shooting .434 from the floor, .377 from beyond the arc and .763 from the free throw line.

Pelicans sign John Butler and Zylan Cheatham, waive Izaiah Brockington

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed forwards John Butler and Zylan Cheatham.

The signings are likely just for training camp.

And in a related move, the Pelicans have waived two-way guard Izaiah Brockington.

Butler, 7-2, 174, played one collegiate season at Florida State, where he averaged 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 31 games. During his rookie campaign, Butler led the Seminoles with 33 three-point shots made as he became the first true freshman in school history to lead Florida State in three-point shots made and three-point field goal shooting percentage (.393). In the 2022 NBA 2K Summer League, Butler appeared in four games (two starts) for the Pelicans, averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 12-of-16 (.750) from the floor and 6-of-9 (.667) from three-point range.

Cheatham, 6-5, 220, most recently played professionally for the Utah Jazz, appearing in one game. During the 2021-22 NBA season, Cheatham played in four games for New Orleans, averaging 3.0 points, 0.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per contest while shooting .667 from the floor. During the 2022 NBA 2K Summer League, Cheatham played five games with the Milwaukee Bucks posting averages of 6.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals.

Brockington, 6-4, 196, most recently played collegiately for Iowa State University, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2022 after averaging 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds, to go along with 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Over his four-year collegiate career, Brockington appeared in 125 games for St. Bonaventure, Penn State and Iowa State, averaging 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 20 players, including one two-way player.

New Orleans Pelicans announce basketball operations and coaching staff promotions and additions

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today basketball operations and coaching staff promotions and additions ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Sammy Gelfand has been hired as senior director of basketball analytics. Former Birmingham Squadron head coach Ryan Pannone has been added to the Pelicans’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. Jordan Kincaide has been added to the training staff as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Additionally, Ryan Frazier has been promoted to assistant coach. Corey Brewer and Darnell Lazare have been elevated to assistant coach/player development coach. Brandon Demas has been promoted to two-way coach. Jordan McGuire has been promoted to player development assistant/assistant shooting coach. D’Or Fischer has been elevated to player development assistant.

New Orleans Pelicans open practice scheduled for October 1, 2022

The New Orleans Pelicans will welcome fans back to the Smoothie King Center for the team’s annual open practice, on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Open practice offers fans a firsthand look at the 2022-23 team.

Tickets for open practice are free of charge and open to the public. Fans can reserve tickets by registering at www.pelicans.com/openpractice . Registration is limited to four tickets per person and seating is general admission.

Additionally, the Pelicans will host a pre-practice party starting at 12:30 p.m. on Dave Dixon Drive, which will feature live music, concessions, face-painting, games and more. Tickets are not required to attend the party.

Complimentary parking will be available in Garage #2 and Garage #5 of the Caesars Superdome on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 11:30 a.m.

Doors for the event will open at 1:00 p.m. Fans can enter through the Northeast ground, Northwest ground, and North 100 entrances.

Pelicans sign Izaiah Brockington to two-way contract

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent Izaiah Brockington to a two-way contract.

Brockington, 6-4, 196, most recently played collegiately for Iowa State University, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2022 after averaging 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds, to go along with 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Over his four-year collegiate career, Brockington appeared in 125 games for St. Bonaventure, Penn State, and Iowa State, averaging 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Brockington suffered an ACL injury during a pre-draft workout in June and is expected to make a full recovery.

Pelicans sign Dereon Seabron, John Petty Jr. and Daeqwon Plowden

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Dereon Seabron to a two-way contract, and also signed guard John Petty Jr. and guard/forward Daeqwon Plowden.

Seabron, 6-7, 180, played collegiate seasons at North Carolina State, where he averaged 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 56 games. Seabron is coming off of a redshirt sophomore season in which he started 32 games, averaging 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists en route to being named the ACC’s Most Improved Player and earning All-ACC Second Team honors.

Petty Jr., 6-5, 184, appeared in 31 games for the Pelicans’ G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron, in 2021-22 in which he averaged 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 26.2 minutes per game. Prior to turning pro, Petty Jr. played four seasons at Alabama in which he averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 131 games (105 starts), finishing his career with a school-record 311 made three-pointers. In his senior campaign, Petty Jr. averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists en route to First Team All-SEC honors. Petty Jr. led the SEC with 77 made threes during the 2020-21 season.

Plowden, 6-6, 215, played five seasons at Bowling Green State (2017-22), averaging 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per contest. Plowden finished his college career as BGSU’s all-time leader in games played (154), and is the only player in program history to log at least 1,200 career points, 800 rebounds, and 100 blocks.

2022-23 Pelicans preseason game schedule

The New Orleans Pelicans today announced their 2022-23 preseason schedule.

The Pelicans will open preseason play with a road contest against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, October 4. The team then returns home to face the Detroit Pistons at the Smoothie King Center on Friday, Oct. 7. New Orleans will go back on the road for matchups against the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat on Oct. 9 and 12, respectively, before concluding preseason play against the Atlanta Hawks at Legacy Arena – home of the Birmingham Squadron, the Pelicans’ NBA G League affiliate.

The complete 2022 Pelicans preseason schedule is below:

DATE DAY OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (CT)

Oct. 4 Tue. at Chicago, United Center (Chicago, IL) 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 7 Fri. vs. Detroit, Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA) 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 9 Sun. at San Antonio, AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 12 Wed. at Miami, FTX Arena (Miami, FL) 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 Fri. vs. Atlanta, Legacy Arena (Birmingham, AL) 7:00 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans sign rookie Dyson Daniels

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed rookie guard Dyson Daniels.

Daniels, who was drafted by the Pelicans with the 8th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.0 steals for NBA G League Ignite during the 2021-22 season. Daniels joined Ignite from the NBA Global Academy Australia.

Daniels represented the Australian national team at the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, averaging 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists.