Pelicans sign Nelson to one-year deal

Jameer Nelson spent the past three seasons with the Nuggets.

Free agent point guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pelicans, according to multiple reports.

In order to make room for Nelson, the team waived guard Jordan Crawford, both The Vertical and ESPN reported.

Nelson, 35, was waived by the Nuggets on Friday, a move made to enable the team to sign forward Richard Jefferson.

New Orleans needed to waive another player to make room for Nelson — who had also drawn interest from the Thunder and Rockets, among others.

Nelson averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 assists in 75 games with the Nuggets last season.

According to The Vertical, the Pelicans struggled to release Crawford, who has played well in training camp and early in the season.

Nelson is expected to help replace the loss of injured guard Rajon Rondo, expected to miss at least another two weeks following hernia surgery.