Pelicans trade for Nets' Tyshawn Taylor

The New Orleans Pelicans' trade for point guard Tyshawn Taylor from the Brooklyn Nets has become official, the team said Tuesday morning.

The Pelicans sent to the Nets the rights to Edin Bavcic, a 6-foot-11 center from Bosnia.

Taylor, 6-3, was obtained to help fill the void created by an injury to starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who has a fractured right tibia and said he is expected to be out at least until Feb. 8.

Taylor was a second-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012, the 41st pick overall. He was traded to Brooklyn on draft night for cash.

As a rookie, he had stints with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League but played in 38 games with Brooklyn and averaged 2.2 points and 0.6 assists on 36.8 shooting in 5.8 minutes per game. This season, he has played in 23 games and has averaged 3.9 points on 34.1 percent shooting and 1.6 assists.

Taylor became available when Brooklyn obtained Marquis Teague from the Chicago Bulls to help ailing starter Deron Williams.

Taylor played collegiately at Kansas, where he was a teammate of Pelicans rookie center Jeff Withey. The two were on the Jayhawks' 2012 team that lost to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.

“He's a really crafty point guard; he knows how to change speeds really well,” Withey said. “He likes to get to the basket and look for other people when he's down there.
“He is a guy who gives his all every game. Great defender. He's about Jrue's height, so he's a big point guard.”

New Orleans had obtained the rights to Bavcic in a trade in 2012 in which Jarrett Jackson was sent to the Golden State Warriors and Darryl Watkins to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bavcic, 29, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds playing in the Greek League. He was a second-round pick of the Toronto Raptors in 2006 but has played his entire career in Europe.