Stokes beat out Robbie Hummel for the final available reserve spot in the Nuggets' frontcourt. It's not expected that Stokes, who was among the top players in the D-League last season but has yet to make much of an impact at the NBA level, will be regular member of coach Michael Malone's rotation.
Stokes spent unfruitful time with the Heat and Grizzlies in 2015-16, but failed to create much value. He then went on to earn D-League MVP honors after averaging 20.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Despite his impressive performance, Stokes is unlikely to earn a spot in the Nuggets packed frontcourt on opening night, however he could provide depth later in the season if injuries occur.
Stokes was waived by the Pelicans in February after appearing in seven total games. He went on to become the D-League's MVP, averaging 20.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 steals in 30 minutes per game. If he makes the roster, Stokes isn't likely to be relevant fantasy-wise due to Denver's already-stacked front court.
Jarnell Stokes was waived by the Pelicans on Friday.
Stokes, along with cash considerations, came over from Miami at Thursday's trade deadline in exchange for a future second round pick. The Pelicans were apparently only interested in the extra cash, as they'll part ways with Stokes in order to use their final roster spot to re-sign Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Stokes has been only a minor contributor for the Heat this season and has spent considerable time in the D-League. He figures to hold a similarly low spot on the depth chart for the Pelicans, although the fact that the team traded for him indicates that they may see him as a potential rotation piece down the road.
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