Pelicans bringing back forward Luke Babbitt
METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed free agent forward Luke Babbitt, who has become one of the club’s most accurate long-range shooters.
The 6-foot-9 Babbitt played in 63 games with 19 starts last season, averaging 4.1 points in 13.2 minutes per game. He shot 51.3 percent from 3-point range.
Babbitt, who spent his college career at Nevada, was selected 16th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by Minnesota, which then dealt him and Ryan Gomes to Portland for Martell Webster.
After three seasons with the Trail Blazers, Babbitt was playing in Russia when the Pelicans signed him in the middle of the 2013-14 season.
Babbitt has played in 216 NBA games with Portland and New Orleans, posting career averages of 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.