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The Pelicans Release 2 Players While Adding 1

The New Orleans Pelicans released reserve guard Quinn Cook & forward Axel Toupane today in cost cutting maneuvers. According to ESPN

The contracts of Toupane would have increased from $25K to $200K and Cook from $25K to $100K if they were not released today.

” Quinn Cook who was signed by New Orleans to a two-year deal last April was averaging in 9 games 5.8 ppg shooting 53% from the field in 13 minutes of play. Axel Toupane who was signed back in April never truly lived up to expectations in season & summer league play after stints in the D-League, Milwaukee & Denver.

The Pelicans did sign forward Jalen Jones who posted 13.3 ppg 6.2 rebounds in 6 summer league games while shooting 36.5 from the field.  Jones is a 6-7 220 lbs forward who can add some shooting & defense off the bench for the Pelicans.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Northern Iowa v Texas A&M
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Jalen Jones #12 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates with his teammates after they tied up the score to go to overtime against the Northern Iowa Panthers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 20, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

New Orleans now with $116.9M in contracts, $2.4M below the luxury tax after the Quinn Cook and Axel Toupane waiver. The Pelicans have 12 guaranteed and 1 (Jordan Crawford) non-guaranteed contract.

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