Almost a month after agreeing to a deal with the team, John Salmons officially signed his deal with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday according to a report from Eric Pincus of BasketballInsiders.com.
John Salmons has finally signed his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans – flat $2 mil
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) August 12, 2014
Salmons played 78 games last season with an 18 game stint with the Sacramento Kings early in the season before moving on to the Toronto Raptors for the final 60 games and the playoffs. For the season Salmons averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season in 22.1 minutes per game and was used primarily as a spot up threat in the corners and as a defender for bigger wings like the Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson in the playoffs.
Salmons will be asked to do much of the same this season for the Pelicans in probably less minutes as he fills the need of someone to play small forward when Tyreke Evans is not doing so. There is a chance that Darius Miller could beat Salmons out for the time in camp but with Monty Williams infatuation with older players and Salmons superior three-point shooting it is hard to see him not at least getting the first crack at the starting small forward gig.