Thompson won't be re-signed by the Pelicans after his second 10-day contract expired Tuesday, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Following an unsuccessful run as the Pelicans' starting shooting guard, Thompson was dropped to the bench in Tuesday's 100-77 win over the Trail Blazers in favor of Wayne Selden and failed to see the court. The Pelicans elected to bid adieu to Thompson after the contest, and it looks like he'll now be forced to head back to the D-League as he awaits his next call-up to the NBA.
Thompson will move to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
Since joining the Pelicans on his first 10-day contract, Thompson has started eight of the nine games he's played in, posting averages of just 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 21.1 minutes. He wasn't having much of an impact, which likely prompted coach Alvin Gentry to change up the starting five. Undrafted rookie Wayne Seldon will start at shooting guard in his NBA debut and could take away some of the minutes Thompson was seeing, so it wouldn't be surprising if he saw a decreased role Tuesday.
Despite an up and down first two weeks with the team, Thompson was able to secure a second 10-day contract with New Orleans on Sunday. While the deal definitely serves as an encouraging sign, the new look Pelicans have been shuffling pieces around lately, so Thompson's stay with the team is far from guaranteed. In five games with New Orleans this season, the third year pro has tallied 4.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 1.0 APG.
Thompson recorded eight points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal across 40 minutes during a 109-86 win over the PIstons on Wednesday.
Thompson got his third straight start in the win, played a team-high 40 minutes and was just two points and two rebounds shy of a double-double. Coach Alvin Gentry clearly has liked what he's seen from Thompson in his four games with the team. Thompson hasn't provided much in the way of impressive stats so far, but if he continues to get this kind of playing time, he may be able to put up decent numbers. DeMarcus Cousins' one-game suspension probably did increase Thompson's workload slightly in this one, however.
Thompson will start at shooting guard in Saturday's contest against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.
Thompson played just five minutes in his Pelicans debut on Thursday, scoring three points. Now that he's getting the start in place of E'Twaun Moore (personal) he'll figure to see a sharp increase in play time. Look for Thompson to return to a role off the bench when Moore returns.
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