Manu Ginobili, Emeka Okafor

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili shoots over New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor on Jan. 22, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Patrick Semansky

The New Orleans Pelicans signed longtime free agent center Emeka Okafor to a 10-day contract, the team announced Saturday.

Okafor, 35, last logged NBA minutes in 2012-13 before he suffered a herniated disc in his neck. He averaged 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in nine NBA seasons.

Okafor was signed by the Philadephia 76ers in September and was waived in October. Okafor played 26 games with the Delaware 87ers, Philadelphia's G-League affiliate. He averaged 19.9 minutes, 6.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

The 252-pound center spent three seasons with New Orleans from 2009-12.

Okafor adds needed frontcourt assistance to the Pelicans' short-handed roster. New Orleans had 10 available players in Friday's 114-100 win at Oklahoma City following Thursday's multi-player trade for Nikola Mirotic.

The Pelicans sent center Omer Asik and veteran guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen to the Bulls in exchange for Mirotic, who is planned to join the Pelicans on Saturday at Minnesota. DeMarcus Cousins, Solomon Hill, Frank Jackson and Alexis Ajinca all remain sidelined with injuries.

Okafor will wear No. 50 for New Orleans and was available for Saturday's game at Minnesota.

New Orleans' roster stands at 16 players, including two-way guards Mike James and Charles Cooke.