NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans and former New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway have agreed to terms on a two-year contract, three people familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday night.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, although Galloway, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, effectively confirmed his decision on his verified Twitter account, writing: ''I'm coming home (hash)neworleanspelicans.''
The 24-year-old Galloway averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in about 25 minutes per game for the Knicks last season.
Undrafted out of St. Joseph's, the 6-foot-2 Galloway joined New York as a rookie during the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 45 games.
A restricted free agent to start this offseason, he became available when the Knicks rescinded their initial qualifying offer, reportedly to free up money to sign guard Brandon Jennings.
The Knicks were still attempting to re-sign Galloway when he chose instead to play for New Orleans, which offered a player option in the second year of the contract, said one of the people who spoke to AP. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
The addition of Galloway gives New Orleans another combo guard who has demonstrated scoring potential and built a reputation as a solid defender. Galloway also provides depth that could be needed if guard Tyreke Evans struggles to come back from surgery to replace cartilage in his right knee.
The Pelicans lost shooting guard Eric Gordon in free agency, but only after drafting Buddy Hield - a high-scoring guard in college - sixth overall out of Oklahoma.
Last week, New Orleans also signed former Chicago combo guard E'Twaun Moore to a four-year, $34 million contract. Moore and Galloway will enter a guard rotation topped by starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who also plays stints off the ball.
New Orleans also expects to retain restricted free agent point guard Tim Frazier, who was acquired last season after the Pelicans were beset by a slew of injuries to backcourt regulars. For now, however, Frazier can sign offer sheets from other teams, forcing the Pelicans to match in order to keep him.