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New Orleans Pelicans guard Charles Cooke (4) goes for a rebound against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans won 123-101.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD
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The New Orleans Pelicans recalled guard Charles Cooke and forward Jalen Jones from the Gatorade League's Greensboro Swarm, the team announced Saturday morning.

In three games with Greensboro, the Charlotte Hornets' G League affiliate, Cooke averaged 16.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Jones added 21.0 points per game on 51.2 percent shooting from the field and 7.0 rebounds in the short G League stint.

The Pelicans waived 12-year forward Josh Smith on Friday, opening another hole to New Orleans' injury-depleted roster before Saturday's 6 p.m. tipoff against the Clippers.

Rajon Rondo (core muscle), Solomon Hill (torn hamstring), Omer Asik (illness), Alexis Ajinca (right knee) and Frank Jackson (right foot) remain sidelined with respective injuries for the foreseeable future. Reserve forward Tony Allen will also miss Saturday's game because of left knee inflammation, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

With Smith's departure, New Orleans' roster returned to 17 players, including Cooke and Jones' two-way contracts. Six players are listed as "out" against Los Angeles because of injuries, leaving with Pelicans with 11 available bodies for Saturday's game.

Two-way players are expected to spend a majority of the year in the NBA's G League, formerly known as the D-League, but are eligible to be called up to the NBA team for a maximum of 45 days during the season.

This article originally ran on theadvocate.com.

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