Pelicans sign F Luke Babbitt

Pelicans sign F Luke Babbitt

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Luke Babbitt #8 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles on Jordan Hill #27 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 104-87. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans have signed forward Luke Babbitt, continuing the franchise’s roster makeover.

Babbitt, a former No. 16 overall pick by Minnesota and later traded to Portland, has recently spent time in Russia. There, he played in nine games and averaged 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

In four NBA seasons, Babbitt has played in 126 games, averaging 3.8 points and 2. 1 rebounds.

Babbitt is the latest move by general manager Dell Demps to find the right mix.

The move to sign Babbitt, 6-foot-9, comes after New Orleans had to end the season of forward/center Jason Smith, who had surgery to clean up loose cartilage in his right knee.

Since the calendar changed to August, the Pelicans have signed lance Thomas and Arinze Onuaku. Nearly two months later, the franchise waived those two and signed Josh Childress and Lou Amundson.

But a month after signing Childress, the team waived him. Two weeks later, it signed center Alexis Ajinca.

And then on Dec. 31, the team waived Amundson.

Babbitt will be available for the Pelicans to use Wednesday night against Atlanta.

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