New Orleans, La. - The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday that they have signed rookie second-round pick Jeff Withey. The contract's terms were not released, per club policy.
The 7ft 235lb center, who was drafted 39th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, was acquired by New Orleans in a three-team trade that sent Greivis Vasquez to the Sacramento Kings and Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers. The Pelicans also received former Rookie of the Year guard/forward Tyreke Evans from Sacramento as part of the trade. Withey was a member of the Pelicans Summer League team and led the squad with 1.50 blocks per game.