Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt and the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement on a two-year deal, a league source informed

Babbitt, 24, was playing for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League before he left the team recently with the intention of signing with New Orleans.

However, BC Nizhny Novgorod wasn’t facilitating that move having issued a statement saying that they will not sign his absentee letter, disallowing him to sign with any other team. The two sides reached a buyout yesterday and Babbitt is expected to report to New Orleans on Tuesday.

In 18 games for Novgorod this season, the stretch-four Babbitt was averaging 13.2 points, shooting 57 percent from three-point range and pulling down 3.7 rebounds per game.