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Report: Pelicans finalizing contract with Jeff Adrien

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Jeff Adrien signed a guaranteed contract with the Rockets last summer, but they still waived him before the regular season.

Joining a team with just 13 players, including Bryce Dejean-Jones, whose contract is just $50,000 guaranteed, Adrien should have a better shot of sticking this year.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal to pay the veteran’s minimum to veteran forward-center Jeff Adrien, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Adrien latched on with the Timberwolves last year when they ran into injury trouble, but they cut him before having to guarantee his contract.

I can’t understand why Adrien has such a tough time getting NBA jobs.

He’s an excellent rebounder and good shot-blocker. To be fair, he’s also just 6-foot-7 and devoid of offensive skill. He is what he is: an undersized big man.

But he has played reasonably well the last couple seasons when given opportunities.

The Pelicans shouldn’t expect much more than intangible contributions from Kendrick Perkins. Adrien will serve as the actually productive backup limited big man.