Pelicans Complete Three-Team Trade with Miami, Phoenix

February 19, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has completed a three-team trade with the Miami HEAT and the Phoenix Suns, acquiring guard Norris Cole, forward Shawne Williams and center Justin Hamilton, as well as cash considerations, from the Miami HEAT. In exchange, forward John Salmons has been acquired by Phoenix, and guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic have been acquired by Miami from Phoenix.

Cole, 6-2, 175, has spent his entire career in Miami, appearing in 227 regular season games, averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 assists while helping the HEAT appear in three of the team’s four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning NBA championships in both 2012 and 2013. Cole had appeared in 47 games (23 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 24.4 minutes per game. The 28th overall selection out of Cleveland State in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, Cole’s rights were traded to Minnesota before eventually being acquired by Miami.

Williams, 6-9, 230, has appeared in 44 games (22 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game. Originally the 17th overall selection out of Memphis in the 2006 NBA Draft by Indiana, Williams has appeared in 295 career NBA games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.

Hamilton, 7-0, 260, has appeared in 24 games this season with Miami, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Drafted 45th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Louisiana State University by Philadelphia, Hamilton has appeared in 32 career games with both Miami and Charlotte, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. Hamilton has also spent time overseas, playing for KK Cibona (Croatia) and VEF Riga (Latvia). In 2013-14, Hamilton appeared in 39 games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds on his way to being named an NBA D-League All-Star. All NBA D-League First Team and NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team.

Salmons, 6-6, 207, joined the Pelicans on August 24, 2014 as an unrestricted free agent. Appearing in 21 games this season for New Orleans, the University of Miami product averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. A 12-year veteran, Salmons has appeared in 895 career games with New Orleans, Toronto, Sacramento, Milwaukee, Chicago and Philadelphia, averaging 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists.