Pelicans, forward Naji Marshall agree to three-year contract

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Naji Marshall, Jaxson Hayes
Apr 12, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall (8) and center Jaxson Hayes (10) during the second half at Smoothie King Center (Photo: Stephen Lew).

The New Orleans Pelicans and rookie Naji Marshall have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $5.3 million contract. The deal is reportedly fully guaranteed through the 2022-23 season.

The Pelicans confirmed that Marshall has signed a multi-year deal Friday but terms were not disclosed (see below).

The 6-foot-7 Marshall, who signed a two-way contract after going undrafted last year, has averaged 8.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists on 37.5% shooting from 3-point range in 16 games.

The former Xavier (Ohio) standout has become a regular in the New Orleans rotation during the past month, standing out for his defensive contributions.

PELICANS SIGN NAJI MARSHALL

May 7, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward Naji Marshall to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marshall, 6-7, 220, has appeared in 26 games for the Pelicans this season, averaging 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals. The Atlantic City, NJ native appeared in 12 regular season games for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League earlier this year, posting averages of 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals.

Over his three-year career at Xavier (OH) University, Marshall appeared in 99 career games and averaged 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals. He earned All-Big East First Team honors in 2020 after averaging a career-high 16.8 points and 4.0 assists, to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

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