After overcoming many obstacles and being traded to multiple franchises, former Cat DeAndre Liggins finally found a home.
Having two 10-day contracts expire and being days away from the trade deadlines, Liggins’ fate was unknown. Players are only allowed two 10-day contracts in a season. Liggins would not be able to stay with the Pelicans unless they signed him officially.
Then something amazing happened, DeAndre Liggins was signed too a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans just days later. Then it seemed as if life couldn’t look any better for the former Wildcat until now.
February 7th, 2018 was suppose to be the night Liggins would start in place of Rajon Rondo. This was done to give the second group off the bench the spark that Rondo brings. Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry also praised Liggins’ defense as the main reason for starting.
Due to a break in the roof and moisture on the court, the Pelicans would not play their game against the Pacers and it would be postponed.
Fast forward 48 hours and Liggins still started for the Pelicans against the Philadelphia 76ers. In what was a really bad loss for the Pelicans and an off night all around it seemed, Liggins’ defense still showed up.
Liggins played 19 mins, had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and took a huge charge against a twice his size Joel Embid, early on.
Here’s a quote from current teammate Jrue Holiday on Liggins’ play:
“He’s a dog,” Holiday said of Liggins. “He gets after them and he’s going to fight them and he’s going to tire these guys out. I love that, I love how he plays defense. I try to do that every single game. To have him in the starting lineup is going to be fun.”
The Pelicans would go on to fall 100-82 to the Philadelphia 76ers.