The New Orleans Pelicans have more backcourt help.
Free agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to sign with the Pelicans, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday afternoon.
Nelson, 35, and the Pelicans agreed to a one-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports. Nelson, a 35-year-old, 6-foot point guard, was only on the free agent market for a little more than 48 hours.
After three seasons with the Nuggets, Denver waived Nelson on Thursday to make room for forward Richard Jefferson on its 15-man roster, the Nuggets announced two days ago.
New Orleans will waive reserve guard Jordan Crawford to make room for Nelson and maintain a 15-man roster with a pair two-way contracts, according to ESPN. Crawford played in 21 games as a Pelican and averaged 22.6 minutes, 13.6 points, 3.0 assists, shot 41.0 percent from 3 and 48.3 percent from the field.
In 75 games and 39 starts, Nelson played 27.3 minutes and 9.2 points per game last season with the Denver Nuggets. Nelson has averaged nearly 12 points per game and six assists during a 13-year NBA career.
Nelson, who spent 10 seasons with the Orlando Magic from 2004-14, has also spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and three seasons with Nuggets from 2014 until last season.
In need of backcourt help with starting point guard Rajon Rondo sidelined until at least mid-November to recover from core muscle surgery on Oct. 10, the Pelicans starting backcourt combo of Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore have combined to average 14 points per game through two games — both losses.
Including Rondo, the Pelicans have five players who are expected to miss at least a month because of injuries: Rondo (core muscle), Forward Solomon Hill (hamstring), center Omer Asik (illness), guard Frank Jackson (foot) and center Alexis Ajinca (knee).
DeMarcus Cousins fined $25K
The NBA fined Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for "inappropriate language" directed at a fan in New Orleans' 103-91 season-opening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Saturday afternoon.
Cousins, who had 18 technical fouls last season, was handed his first technical of the season with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game at the FedEx Forum.
Cousins said the technical came after he responded to a fan shouting obscenities at him. The three-time All-Star center said he planned to contact the league office about fans hollering at players on Wednesday.
"She dropped a couple 'F' bombs and flipped me off and I don't think that was right," Cousins said after the game.
"That's pretty bogus. He (the referee) sat there and heard her speaking to me in a nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man and I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I feel like he (the referee) should have handled it, but he decided not to but he handled my end of it."