On the same day the New Orleans Pelicans sent point guard Frank Jackson to the G-League, the team added guard Andrew Harrison on a two-way contract, a source confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
ESPN was first to report the signing.
Harrison, 6-foot-6, 213 pounds, most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers where he was also on a two-way contract. The Cavaliers waived Harrison on Sunday but was picked up by New Orleans on Tuesday night (Dec. 4).
A two-way contract allows a player to spend 45 days with an NBA team and the rest of his time in the G-League on assignment. The Pelicans have guard Trevon Bluiett on a two-way deal and he’s spent the entire season with the Westchester Knicks.
If Harrison spends 45 days with the team and the Pelicans want to keep him past that, they’d have to sign him to a one-year deal and cut one of the 15 players on the roster.
Harrison was a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns but was traded on draft night to Memphis. He didn’t make his NBA debut with the Grizzlies until the 2016-17 season.
Last season with the Grizzlies, Harrison started 46 out of 56 games averaging 9.5 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Harrison started out this season with Memphis but was waived on Nov. 1. He was picked up by the Cavaliers just eight days later. In 10 games with the Cavs, Harrison is averaging 4.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.
He primarily played point guard with Memphis but with Cleveland, he expanded his game to play shooting guard and small forward as well.
Harrison becomes the fourth Kentucky player on the Pelicans’ roster joining Anthony Davis, Julius Randle and Darius Miller. Harrison and Randle played together as freshman at Kentucky during the 2013-14 season.