- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Pelicans say they’ve signed forward Luke Babbitt.

Babbitt, who spent several NBA seasons with Portland, has spent this season in Russia with the club Nizhny Novgorod, averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18 games.

The 6-foot-9 Babbitt was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 16th overall, in the 2010 NBA Draft and was quickly traded to the Trail Blazers, with whom he appeared in 126 games.

He has averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in the NBA.

The club says Babbitt will be available for Wednesday night’s home game against Atlanta. The club did not release terms of Babbitt’s contract.

The addition brings New Orleans’ roster to 15.

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