Haynes & Jaynes: Putting a Bow on Offseason
Portland Trail Blazers free agent forward Luke Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Europe club BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the fact that no announcement has been made, added that the deal does not contain an NBA out clause.
Babbitt's agent Bill Duffy confirmed the deal saying, “My take is Luke needs to play 30 minutes a game and play a more expanded role. We've had recent success with both Danny Green (of the San Antonio Spurs) and Patrick Beverley (of the Houston Rockets) getting an opportunity to develop their games in Europe and returning to the NBA. The NBA is a league of opportunity. We feel strongly this is the best move for Luke at this time.”
Portland opted not to exercise the fourth year of his rookie contract before the 2012-13 season began, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Babbitt, 24, was taken 16th in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Trail Blazers. He has appeared in 124 career games in his three seasons with Portland.
The 6-9 stretch-four has a career average of 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes a game. He is known for his deadly three-point shooting though his percentage dipped from knocking down 43 percent a year ago to 34 percent last season.