EuroLeague forward/center Nicolo Melli is finalizing a two-year free-agent deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, sources told .

Melli, 28, was the EuroLeague Finals’ top scorer for Fenerbahce in Turkey last season. He has turned down offers in the past, but he decided to make the leap from after two seasons in the Turkish League.

Melli, 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, joins a Pelicans roster that offers the opportunity for frontcourt minutes.

After turning professional in 2007, the Italian big man has played in Italy, and Turkey.


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