Pelicans to play Houston Rockets in China for exhibition games _lowres

New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) battles for a rebound with New Orleans Pelicans guard Jordan Hamilton (25) and center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 99-91. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The Pelicans are set to rack up some major miles next preseason.

New Orleans will play the Houston Rockets in a pair of exhibition games in China in October, the NBA announced on Tuesday, as part of NBA Global Games.

The teams will play on Oct. 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Oct. 12 at The LeSports Center in Beijing.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to play in front of the Chinese fans for the first time in our franchise's history," Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said in a release. "During my past visits to China, I was amazed to see the fans' love and excitement for the game of basketball. Visiting Beijing and Shanghai and interacting with the Chinese fans is going to be an incredible experience to share with my coaches and teammates."

The league's 10th Global Games China will be the Pelicans' first visit to the country. The Rockets played in China in 2010 and 2013 and are returning to Shanghai for the first time since their inaugural game there in 2004.

The event will feature a variety of off-court activities, including the fifth Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan on Oct. 7 in Shanghai, which will provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to participate in oncourt games and watch the Pelicans and Rockets showcase their skills.

The league will also conduct NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community events and league partners will host interactive fan activities.