Monday, April 15, 2024

Report: Pelicans sign Malcolm Hill to 10-day contract

Bulls sign Malcolm Hill to two-way contract |

Former Illinois star Malcolm Hill is getting another chance in the NBA. The two-time Second Team All-Big Ten guard has signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

  • Hill, 28, is averaging 24.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 11 games for the Birmingham Squadron, the Pelican’s G League affiliate. Hill is shooting 51.6% from the field and 45.2% from three.
  • Hill has played 24 career games in the NBA, last appearing with the Chicago Bulls during the 2022-23 season. He broke through during the NBA during a COVID-impacted 2021-22 season, playing three games for the Atlanta Hawks and 16 games for the Bulls.
  • Before focusing on the G League and NBA in 2021, Hill spent the first four years of his professional career overseas, making stops in the Philippines, Germany, Kazakhstan and Jerusalem.

Why it matters: A 10-day contract is only a cup of coffee in the NBA, but Hill will get another opportunity — a credit to his perseverance and continued improvement as a player. He has the chance to make another impression on the Pelicans or another team watching. However, playing time likely will be difficult to find with the Pelicans, who are 25-18 and currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and have Zion Williams (22.0 points), Brandon Ingram (21.5 points), Trey Murphy (13.2 points), Jordan Hawkins (11.0 points), Herb Jones (10.4 points) and Dyson Daniels (5.8 points) on the wing.

At Illinois: A Belleville (Ill.) native, Hill ended his career as one of the most productive players in Illinois history though he never played in an NCAA Tournament in his four years under John Groce. Hill is third on the Illini’s career scoring list (1,846 points), third in free throws made (521), 10th in field goals made (583), seventh in career minutes (3,864), seventh in games played (137) and 10th in career starts (113). He earned Second Team All-Big Ten as both a junior (18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds) and as a senior (17.2 points, 5.1 rebounds).

What’s next: The Pelicans host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

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