Okafor, Pelicans agree to two-year contract

Jahlil Okafor signed a two-year deal with New Orleans.

Free-agent big man Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from ESPN.

Per Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the first year of the contract is guaranteed, with the second year an option.

Okafor is 6-foot-11 and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. He averaged 17.5 points during his rookie season, but began to fall out of favor with the organization and slid out of the rotation.

He finished last season with the Brooklyn Nets, appearing in 26 games and compiling averages of 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Okafor and Julius Randle are two free-agent signings and power forward/center types that the Pelicans hope can help replace the loss of DeMarcus Cousins, who took less money to join the Warriors.

The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat had also reportedly expressed an interest in Okafor.

Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate first reported the talks between Okafor and the Pelicans.