The New Orleans Pelicans like what they’ve seen from an unlikely candidate this yr.
In line with The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Pelicans have signed undrafted rookie Naji Marshall to a three-year deal. The brand new contract is reportedly absolutely assured for the rest of this season and all of 2021-22 and is value $5.3 million.
Marshall went undrafted within the 2020 NBA Draft out of Xavier, the place he performed three seasons and averaged 12.9 factors, 5.9 rebounds, and three.0 assists per recreation. In Marshall’s ultimate season with Xavier, he actually shined, averaging 16.8 factors, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per recreation.
After going undrafted, Marshall signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans, making his debut on Jan. 15 earlier this yr. Marshall has now performed in 26 video games and is averaging 6.4 factors, 4.1 rebounds, and a couple of.6 assists per recreation.
The Pelicans at present sit at eleventh within the Western Convention with a file of 30-36 and are 2.5 video games again of the No.10 seed San Antonio Spurs.