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The Pelicans Have Signed A Former No. 3 Overall Pick

A picture of New Orleans Pelicans playoff t-shirts on seats.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 21: A detailed view of the playoff t-shirts prior to Game Four of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center on April 21, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Jahlil Okafor is getting another shot in the NBA. This time, he's heading to the Big Easy.

Okafor has signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news this morning.

According to Wojnarowski, Okafor's contract is partially guaranteed for this coming season, with a team option for 2019-20.

Okafor was the No. 3 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. He averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie but saw his playing time slashed over the next two seasons.

After spending most of his time glued to the bench in Philly at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Okafor was dealt to Brooklyn. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games for the Nets.

Okafor has shown scoring ability in the pros, and no one doubts his offensive talent. However, his lack of rebounding and poor defense has cost him dearly in the professional ranks.

The NBA is moving away from traditional centers in general, so Okafor might not get too many more chances to prove he can stick in the league.