According to a report from Onlygators.com and a video interview with Isaiah Austin for Bleacher Report that can be found here, undrafted rookie Patric Young has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans after an impressive performance during his time with New Orleans in the Samsung Las Vegas Summer League.
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Young averaged 7.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game in Vegas after signing a deal that included a spot on the Pelicans summer league team and a training camp invite when he went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Pelicans had been interested in Young throughout the draft process as he was one of the few players they had a face-to-face interview with at the NBA Draft combine in Chicago and that interest seems to be a big reason why he ended up with the Pelicans.
It feels good going to a situation with a team that really wanted me but couldn’t get me instead of a team that would get me on the team just to have me on the team and see what I could do. The general manager, Dell Demps, called me and said he’s really excited for me to be here. He wants me to play defense and rebound in Summer League and everything else will work out. I was excited to hear from him, especially with him saying those things. This definitely feels like the best scenario for me right now.
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While the terms of the deal are still unavailable, Young now officially joins Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca in the competition for the spot as the fourth big man in the rotation behind Omer Asik, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. Like both Ajinca and Withey, Young makes his biggest contributions on the defensive end of the floor where his quickness and strength allow him to be an above-average pick-and-roll defender. Offensively Young is a garbage points type of player who will bring elite offensive rebounding abilities.
By my count the Pelicans roster now stands at 15 players after the signings of Darius Miller and Jimmer Fredette also happening in the past few days, which means adding more players to help on the wing could come with the subtraction of one of the non-guaranteed contracts still remaining on the roster.