Quincy Pondexter is officially a Chicago Bull.
After a trade between the Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans was reported Thursday, the deal was announced Friday. Pondexter comes to Chicago along with New Orleans' second-round pick in next year's draft, while the Bulls sent away the draft rights to Ater Majok.
Pondexter was a first-round pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder back in 2010. The former Washington Husky spent his first five NBA seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Pelicans, averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over 279 games.
Pondexter missed the entirety of the past two seasons recovering from knee surgery. He last played in a game on April 25, 2015, a playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.
The Bulls are finalizing a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Quincy Pondexter and a 2018 second round pick, sources told CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill.
Pondexter hasn't logged NBA minutes since 2014-2015 because of a number of injuries. In January, he had his third arthroscopic knee surgery.
In the five seasons before being sidelined, Pondexter averaged 5.3 points and two rebounds per game. His last season in 2014-2015, he connected on a career high 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Despite his injury history and long layoff, Pondexter intends to play in the upcoming NBA season:
The highlight of this deal is the pick, though, which gives the Bulls another asset.
The Bulls' rebuild begins this fall, and they could have a rude awakening when they begin their preseason schedule.
Fred Hoiberg's group will prepare for the regular season with a slate that includes games against LeBron James, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
All six of the Bulls' preseason games will be aired on CSN Chicago and can be live-streamed on CSNChicago.com using the NBC Sports app.
Here's the schedule:
Tues., Oct. 3: at New Orleans Pelicans, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 4: at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 6: vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 8: vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 10: at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 13: vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m.