‣ The New Orleans Pelicans have claimed forward Matt Ryan for their final two-way spot.
‣ Ryan went undrafted in 2020 and appeared in one game with the Boston Celtics in the 2021-22 season.
‣ Ryan averaged 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 10.8 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
‣ Ryan also spent time with the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G League affiliate, in the 2022-23 season.
The New Orleans Pelicans are acquiring G/F Matt Ryan on a two-way contract off waivers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Ryan – 38.1 percent from 3-point range in 35 games last year – provides a wing shooter for Pelicans, who start season minus Trey Murphy and Naji Marshall.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
The New Orleans Pelicans have made a move to strengthen their roster by signing recently waived forward Matt Ryan on a two-way contract. Ryan, who was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves, will join the Pelicans’ two-way players, forward Kaiser Gates and guard Dereon Seabron. Standing at 6-foot-6, Ryan went undrafted in 2020 but appeared in one game with the Boston Celtics in the 2021-22 season.
According to NBA betting sites, the Pelicans are currently ranked 15th in terms of odds to win this season’s championship. However, other teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings are showing better odds. This signing of Matt Ryan will provide the Pelicans with a talented wing shooter, which will be valuable considering they will be without players like Trey Murphy and Naji Marshall at the start of the season.
In his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ryan averaged 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 10.8 minutes per game while shooting 30.6% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the arc. He was then signed by the Timberwolves on a two-way deal, where he averaged 3.4 points and 8.2 minutes in 22 appearances off the bench. Ryan also had a stint with the Iowa Wolves, the Timberwolves’ G League affiliate, where he put up impressive numbers.
The Pelicans’ decision to sign Matt Ryan indicates their focus on adding shooters to their roster. It will be interesting to see how Ryan contributes to the team and if he can help improve their chances of a successful season. The Pelicans’ first regular-season game is set to take place this Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.