‣ The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent forward Kaiser Gates to a two-way contract
‣ Gates had previous stints with the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics but did not make any NBA appearances
‣ Gates has played in the NBA G League and overseas in Israel
‣ Gates is joining guard Dereon Seabron as the Pelicans’ two-way players under the new collective bargaining agreement
The New Orleans Pelicans have made a recent addition to their roster by signing forward Kaiser Gates to a two-way contract. Despite going undrafted in 2018 after playing for Xavier University, Gates has played for various G League and NBA teams over the years.
In his time with the Windy City Bulls, the Chicago Bulls’ G League affiliate, Gates showcased his skills by averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He also had an impressive shooting percentage of 41%. However, he was ultimately waived by the Bulls without ever appearing in an NBA game.
Gates then signed with the Boston Celtics in 2019 but was waived shortly after. He found success with the Maine Red Claws during the 2019-20 season, averaging 12.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Gates also demonstrated his long-range shooting ability, ranking fourth in the G League for 3-pointers made and fifth for 3-point attempts.
After a few more stops in the G League, Gates signed with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. of the Israeli Basketball Premier League for the 2021-22 season. However, he has now returned to the NBA and will join guard Dereon Seabron as a two-way player for the Pelicans.
The Pelicans’ decision to sign Gates speaks to their confidence in his abilities, and they hope he can contribute to the team’s success. With his shooting prowess and versatility, Gates has the potential to make an impact and prove himself on the NBA stage.