NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Pelicans exercised choices on 4 former first-round draft decisions, together with star ahead Zion Williamson, and added undrafted rookie guard John Petty Jr. to their roster.
The Pelicans picked up fourth-year choices on 2019 first-round draft decisions Williamson, middle Jaxson Hayes and guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, holding them underneath contract via subsequent season. New Orleans additionally exercised a third-year possibility on 2020 high draft selection Kira Lewis Jr., holding him underneath contract via the 2022-23 season as nicely.
The signing of Petty offers the Pelicans a 3rd Crimson Tide participant since they drafted Lewis thirteenth total out of Alabama final 12 months.
New Orleans additionally chosen former Crimson Tide ahead Herbert Jones early within the second spherical of the 2021 draft.
The 6-foot-5, 184-pound Petty averaged 11.7 factors, 4.5 rebounds, and two assists in 4 seasons at Alabama and hit a faculty document 311 profession 3-pointers.
Petty was named first-team All-SEC final season after averaging 12.6 factors, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists with 77 made 3s.
New Orleans was anticipated to select up choices on current first-round alternatives after they every confirmed promise within the early levels of their profession none extra so than Williamson, a 2021 All-Star who has averaged 25.7 factors and 7 rebounds per sport in his first two seasons.
Alexander-Walker has performed in 93 video games with 14 begins, averaging 8.3 factors, 2.5 rebounds, and a couple of.1 assists.
Hayes has performed in 124 video games with 17 begins, averaging 7.4 factors and 4.2 rebounds.
Lewis obtained into 54 video games off the bench as a rookie final season, averaging 6.4 factors and a couple of.3 assists.
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