The New Orleans Pelicans signed EJ Liddell to a two-way contract on October 16, 2022. Nine months later, the Pelicans organization is converting the contract from a two-way to a standard contract.
The standard contract is a three-year deal, worth $6.2 million deal with a team option in the third year.
Liddell suffered a torn ACL in summer league, a year ago. In fact, he appeared in just two games before tearing the ligament. Despite his inability to play, the Pelicans continued to keep him on the roster with him occupying one of their two-way slots. They were able to rehab him and train him with the team.
The 6-foot-6-inch forward out of Ohio State will return to summer league action on Friday.
“Wooh, lot of nerves,” Liddell said. “If you see me smiling, a lot of nerves. But just know (I’m) super excited to be out there.”
Signing EJ Liddell to a standard contract is a smart move by the Pelicans’ front office. It woud be cheaper to sign him to a minimum deal than signing another player on a veteran’s minimum to occupy the 14th spot on the roster.
The NBA Summer League is an opportunity for teams to try-out new players, maybe see how their young players will work together.
Liddell was a consensus All-American after averaging 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists. He led the Big Ten in blocks and was ninth in the country in free throws (169).
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