Report | Pelicans to sign Perry Jones

November 22, 2015: New Orleans Pelicans logo during the game between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Pelicans defeat Phoenix Suns 122-116. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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The New Orleans Pelicans will sign free agent center Perry Jones to a deal for the team’s upcoming training camp ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Jones has not appeared in a regular-season NBA game since the 2014-15 season when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He spent last season as a member of the Iowa Energy in the D-League (now G League), having flirted with the idea of playing as a member of Khimki Moscow in Russia. He spent just a single game overseas before returning stateside.

His NBA odyssey began when he was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Thunder out of the University of Baylor. He appeared in 38 games as a rookie, but played sparingly, getting just 7.4 minutes of run per night.

His role incrementally developed during his next two years, capping out at averaging 4.3 points and starting 13 games during his final season with the Thunder.

Oklahoma City swapped Jones to the Boston Celtics in July 2015, where he was promptly released during the preseason.

New Orleans has arguably the league’s most dominant frontcourt in forwards/centers Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Behind the two engines that will make the Pelicans go are veterans Alexis Ajinca and Omir Asik, along with youngster Cheick Diallo, who is attempting to stick in the rotation as well.

The Pelicans will begin the preseason on Oct. 3 against the Chicago Bulls, with the regular season set to open on Oct. 18 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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