Pelicans to sign Okafor for rest of season

Center/forward Emeka Okafor appeared in 26 games with the Pelicans last season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Emeka Okafor for the rest of the season, following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Okafor, 35, is averaging 3.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in six games.

Prior to joining the Pelicans, the 6-foot-10 center last played for the Washington Wizards in 2013. He suffered a herniated disk and underwent rehabilitation the following years., when he suffered a herniated disk injury and underwent multiple years of rehabilitation.

According to Yahoo Sports, Okafor “has worked out for teams over the past couple years, but signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in training camp and has played for their G League affiliate in Delaware this season.”

Okafor was named Rookie of the Year in 2005, after the then-Charlotte Bobcats selected him with the second overall draft pick behind Dwight Howard.

The Pelicans (33-26) currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference.