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New Orleans Pelicans sign G Jarrett Jack to 10-day deal to bulk up depleted backcourt

By The Sports Xchange
New Orleans Pelicans sign G Jarrett Jack to 10-day deal to bulk up depleted backcourt
Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford (15) steals the ball from former Brooklyn Nets' guard Jarrett Jack (0) during the first half of an NBA game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, January 28, 2015. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

The New Orleans Pelicans signed free agent guard Jarrett Jack to a 10-day contract on Friday to help shore up a depleted backcourt.

The 11-year veteran hasn't played for an NBA team since tearing the ACL in his right knee shortly before the midway point of the 2015-16 season with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Jack impressed the Pelicans during a workout on Thursday and the team feels the veteran can be a positive in the locker room with mercurial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins recently added to the mix.

"I think, No. 1, he's just a natural leader," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. "He plays with toughness, he always has in the league. He finds a way to get things done. We just felt like that he'd be a good addition to the team."

Jack has career averages of 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in 803 career games with seven teams. He previously played two seasons with New Orleans from 2010-12.

"It was my first time in the playoffs and getting to team up with (former Hornets guard Chris Paul)," Jack said of his previous stint. "A friend I've had since I was young. My family tree, the majority of it, is from down here in Louisiana, so getting an opportunity to come back to a place I'm familiar with is pretty cool."

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The Pelicans had a need in the backcourt after guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway were traded to Sacramento in the deal for Cousins.

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