The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free-agent Tony Allen, with a reported $2.3 million, one year contract.

The veteran guard averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen will add back-court depth and also give some flexibility in being able to be used on the wing in a smaller lineup. He has the reputation for defence, which includes helping the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title in 2008 along with being named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.

Along with the addition of Allen the Pelicans have also picked up Martell Webster and Perry Jones, who have agreed to terms on non-guaranteed contracts which are expected to become official next week.

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Webster has not played in the NBA for two season after being left on the sidelines with injuries.

Jones last played in the league in the 2014-15 season with Oklahoma City, he spent last season in the developmental NBA G League.

Both Webster and Jones will have to prove themselves in the upcoming training camp if they are hoping to make the team without guaranteed deals.