Veteran big man Okafor waived by Pelicans

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

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived veteran big man Emeka Okafor, the team announced in a news release Wednesday.

Okafor, 35, signed the second of two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans in February, keeping him on the team for the season.

He was named Rookie of the Year in 2005, after the then-Charlotte Bobcats selected him with the second overall draft pick behindĀ Dwight Howard. But Okafor suffered a variety of injuries, derailing his career.

He averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 26 games last season.

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.

He will become an unrestricted free agent upon clearing waivers.