NBA: Pelicans acquire free agent veteran John Salmons


The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract.

Apr 13, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Toronto Raptors forward John Salmons (25) goes to the basket in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Salmons, whose acquisition was announced by the club Tuesday, has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career.

The 6-foot-6 Salmons entered the NBA with Philadelphia after being selected 26th overall in the 2002 draft. He has played twice with Sacramento and also spent time with Milwaukee, Chicago and most recently Toronto.

The 34 year old has appeared in 874 games with 429 starts.

The Pelicans have been looking to add depth at small forward since Al-Farouq Aminu left for Dallas in free agency this offseason.