Pelicans sign Sindarius Thornwell as substitute player

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The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent guard Sindarius Thornwell for the remainder of the season, the team announced.

The 6-foot-4 25-year-old was the 48th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and spent the first two seasons of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, appearing in 137 games for the team.

In 10.7 minutes per game over those two seasons, Thornwell averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Thornwell played 40 games in the G League this season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

He is considered a solid perimeter defender.

It remains unclear which player Thornwell is replacing.

The signing of Thornwell could mean that one of the three Pelicans players who tested positive for coronavirus is not traveling to Orlando for the season restart, as he is not the replacement player for injured Darius Miller, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

No Pelicans player has officially announced that they will opt out, so there will more than likely be further updates to confirm which player is being replaced.