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Will Guillory: Didi Louzada is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Pelicans some time next week, per sources. Louzada, a 2019 2nd round pick, recently left the Sydney Kings in Australia to join the Pelicans in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multiyear deal with Brazilian guard Didi Louzada, league sources told ESPN on Sunday. … Louzada has since been stashed with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s NBL as part of the league’s Next Stars program.
The Pelicans acquired Louzada with the No. 35 pick in the 2019 NBA draft in the same draft-night deal that netted New Orleans center Jaxson Hayes and guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Since Louzada is a draft pick of the Pelicans, his tax hit for this year would count as zero years of service, which is important for a team trying to stay under the luxury tax this season. … Louzada played two seasons with the Kings, averaging 8.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game over the course of his 2021 NBL campaign, shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from the 3-point line. In one of Louzada’s recent games, he scored 28 points against the South East Melbourne Phoenix, shooting 6-of-7 from downtown. Over his two years in Sydney, Louzada added nearly 40 pounds to his frame and was widely regarded as one of the NBL’s most reliable perimeter defenders.
The move from the Warriors isn’t completely unprecedented for an NBA team. The New Orleans Pelicans have an Australian-based scout who liaises with Didi Louzada, whom the franchise drafted in 2019 with the 35th overall pick.
Brazilian Next Star Didi Louzada is returning to Sydney, boarding a flight bound for Australia where he’ll suit up for the Kings once again in NBL21. The Kings confirmed Louzada was en route to Sydney while the small forward also shared an update on his social media.
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