The New Orleans Pelicans roster is a little crowded at the moment. In an attempt to fix that, they have waived wing player Dairis Bertans.
Dairis Bertans has been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans. He will be announcing his next destination as soon as he clears the waivers. A nice big ✔️ off the bucket list , @DairisBertans 🙌 pic.twitter.com/LGETRSCaPS
— ArtūrsKalnītis (@ArtursKalnitis) July 7, 2019
Dairis Bertans got his first taste of the NBA last season when the Pelicans signed him midway through the year.
With the team struggling, he managed to get some playing time and averaged 13.9 minutes over 12 games. However, with that time, Bertans shot just 25.5 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three.
Bertans ran into a bit of a problem this offseason when the Pelicans started loading up their roster. Suddenly, New Orleans didn’t seem to have a place for him anymore.
With that in mind, it’s not much of a surprise that the 29-year-old was waived. Although he definitely was an intriguing player, it just didn’t work out in New Orleans.
The good news is, it appears Dairis Bertans has already found a new home.
Dairis Bertans was cut by New Orleans Pelicans and reached an agreement with Khimki Moscow Region, according to few sources.
— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) July 7, 2019
Meanwhile, the Pelicans still have a little bit to figure out, as their roster is very crowded.
First-round picks Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are shoe-ins. Meanwhile, second-round pick Marcos Louzada Silva will likely be on the roster in some capacity as well.
Veteran mainstay Jrue Holiday is a lock, as well as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.
Free agent signings JJ Redick and Derrick Favors will obviously be on the roster, with the returning Jhalil Okafor and Darius Miller on the team too.
That’s when things get murky though. Christian Wood should be on the team, as should Frank Jackson and Kenrich Williams. What about E’Twaun Moore?
This is a very full roster at the moment. It’s not a big knock on Dairis Bertans that he had to go– he was simply the odd man out.