The New Orleans Pelicans’ trade for point guard Tyshawn Taylor from the Brooklyn Nets has become official, the team said Tuesday morning.
However, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he didn’t have much information for now on Taylor, who was not with the team for Tuesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings at the New Orleans Arena.
“It’s hard to say right now” what role Taylor will play, Williams said before the game. “The next couple of days I’ll have more to talk about as far as that trade is concerned, once I get more information. We’ll get more information, if there is a role to be played.”
The Pelicans sent to the Nets the rights to Edin Bavcic, a 6-foot-11 center from Bosnia. Originally, it was thought that the Pelicans were trading a protected second-round pick to the Nets.
It appeared 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. Backup point guard Brian Roberts moved into the starter’s role after Holiday was injured, and combo guard Austin Rivers backs up Roberts.
Taylor played collegiately at Kansas, where he was a teammate of Pelicans rookie center Jeff Withey. They were on the Jayhawks’ 2012 team that played in the NCAA championship game against Kentucky. Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis and small forward Darius Miller played on that Wildcats team.
“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.”
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 with 36.8 percent 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 with 1.6 assists.
Taylor became available when Brooklyn obtained point guard Marquis Teague from the Chicago Bulls to help ailing starter Deron Williams.
New Orleans 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 in the Greek League. He was a second-round pick of the Toronto Raptors in 2006 but has played his entire career in Europe.