Portland Trail Blazers free agent forward Luke Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Europe club BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia a league source informed CSNNW.com.

The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity added that the deal does not contain an NBA-out clause.

Babbitt's agent Bill Duffy confirmed the deal saying “My take is Luke needs to play 30 minutes a game and play a more expanded role. We've had recent success with both Danny Green and Patrick Beverley getting an opportunity to develop their games in Europe and return to the NBA. The NBA is a league of opportunity. We feel strongly this is the best move for Luke at this time.”

Babbitt 24 appeared in 124 career games in his three seasons with the Trail Blazers. He has a career average of 3.8 points 2.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes a game.