As first reported by Shams Charnia of The Vertical, former NBADL MVP Tim Frazier has agreed to a two-year, $4.1 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans as a restricted free agent. After a successful stint as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Frazier was cut as a salary dump last season and briefly went back to the D-League. He first joined the Pelicans on a pair of 10 day contracts and was soon signed on for the rest of the season after a rash of injuries.
In 16 games with the team, Frazier looked like an absolute steal of a deal, averaging 13.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. He will be an excellent backup to oft-injured Jrue Holiday at an incredibly low price, compared to other deals passed out this summer. He will make an impact in New Orleans, as this could finally be his time to shine in a real role with a team that needs him.
Frazier is a do it all point guard that is one of the hardest workers in the league. While with the Red Claws he averaged a balanced 15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Standing at only 6'1", he finds ways to impact the game that other players of his stature simply cannot do. His rebounding numbers prove how hard he works, at all times, to make an impact without the ball in his hands and his assist numbers show that he is committed to running the offense and getting everyone involved.
Expect Frazier to have an active role on this team. He came in and delivered as a starter while every player was injured, the team won't forget that. He will be an excellent addition to a team that needs all the help it can get. With the additions of Buddy Hield and a healthy Anthony Davis, things are starting to look up in New Orleans. Adding smart, hard working players like Frazier will only help in the long run.