After not being selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, Anthony Barber has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Pelicans according to a source close to the situation. The details are undisclosed at this time, but the belief is Barber has a one-year deal contingent on making the team after participating with the Pelicans' summer league squad.
Barber, who declared for the draft after three seasons at NC State, went undrafted despite leading the ACC in scoring in the 2015-16 campaign.
The 6-2 guard spent three seasons at NC State. Initially he struggled, as Barber averaged 8.8 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest in his first 59 college games. It all changed midway through his sophomore season. After receiving a pep talk from NC State head coach Mark Gottfried where he was told to relax, Barber exploded in a January contest at Georgia Tech. He finished with 23 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, in a last second win over the Yellow Jackets. He then followed with a 28-point effort at Wake Forest three days later.
In his final 45 college games, Barber averaged 22 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
The Pelicans missed the playoffs last season after finishing 30-52. New Orleans, which had reached the postseason in 2015 before being swept in the first round by eventual-champion Golden State, is led by second-year head coach Alvin Gentry.
New Orleans features former top-pick Anthony Davis but has five unrestricted free agents entering the summer along with one player, Alonzo Gee, who has a player option. Gee played at Alabama under Gottfried. The Pelicans also have two players, Tim Frazier and James Ennis, who are restricted free agents.
At point guard for New Orleans, Jrue Holiday averaged 16.8 points and six assists per game last season while Frazier tallied 13.1 points and 7.5 assists per contest in 16 games.
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