“He’s at home in Oregon,” summer league coach Brian Gates said when asked about Babbitt’s whereabouts.
Asked whether Babbitt would join the team, Gates said, “I don’t know.”
Babbitt’s absence fuels speculation that he will not be brought back to the Pelicans. The team has the option on his $981,084 contract, with General Manager Dell Demps possibly shaving it to clear salary-cap space. Babbitt, a former first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers, played in Russia last season before coming to the Pelicans.