Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt and the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement on a two-year deal, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
Babbitt, 24, was playing for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League before he left the team recently with the intention of signing with New Orleans.
However, BC Nizhny Novgorod wasn’t facilitating that move having issued a statement saying that they will not sign his absentee letter, disallowing him to sign with any other team. The two sides reached a buyout yesterday and Babbitt is expected to report to New Orleans on Tuesday.
In 18 games for Novgorod this season, the stretch-four Babbitt was averaging 13.2 points, shooting 57 percent from three-point range and pulling down 3.7 rebounds per game.
Out of the University of Reno-Nevada, Babbitt was taken No. 16 by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 NBA Draft and was subsequently traded to Portland on draft day. He spent three seasons with the Trail Blazers prior to his mini stint overseas.
He has an NBA average of 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and shot 36 percent from three-point range. The 2011-12 season was his best year, shooting 43 percent from long distance.