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Pelicans sign former Ignite guard Dyson Daniels to rookie contract

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Dyson Daniels, formerly of the NBA G League Ignite, on Saturday signed his rookie-scale contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced.

Daniels, the eighth pick last month, averaged 12 points, seven rebounds, 5.1 assists and two steals with the Ignite last season. He emerged as perhaps the top prospect on the team and is viewed as one of the best perimeter defenders in the rookie class.

The 19-year-old joined the Ignite out of the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia. He established himself as one of the top international prospects and became the third player to be drafted from the program (Josh Giddey, Bennedict Mathurin).

Daniels will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League as the Pelicans begin their stint on Saturday versus the Portland Trail Blazers. He will join several Pelicans roster players on the court, such as Jose Alvarado, Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy III among others.

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