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Pelicans View Pierre Jackson As Asset, Remain Unsure On Signing Him For 14-15

Dell Demps discussed the New Orleans Pelicans' future with Pierre Jackson, a leading scorer in the NBA D-League whom New Orleans never signed to a rookie scare contract.

''He’s an interesting one," Demps said. "He played really good in the D-League. I think he was the leading scorer. We’ve followed him and been in contact with him. When we made the trade last year, we knew we were giving up our draft pick and we kind of looked at him as our draft pick for this year. So we have his draft rights and he’s going to be experienced, a little bit older.

"Can I promise Pierre Jackson is going to be on our team next year? I can’t say that right now. But he’s definitely an asset. I want to make sure I say that. He’s done everything and exceeded expectations.''

Jackson was drafted with the 42nd selection in the 2013 Draft.

Via John Reid/New Orleans Times-Picayune

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Sign Melvin Ely, Waive Greg Stiemsma

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.

Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.

Stiemsma appeared in 55 games (20 starts) this season for the Pelicans and averaged 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 18.3 minutes per game. The three-year veteran holds career averages of 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Eric Gordon To Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon will miss the remainder of the season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday.

Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

Gordon averaged 15.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting in 64 games this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

James Southerland To Sign With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans will use an injury exemption to create roster space to sign James Southerland out of the NBA Development League, a league source told RealGM.

Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15. The Pelicans had received an exemption that allows the team to exceed 15 players on the roster, which has sustained significant injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.

The Pelicans announced Thursday that Anthony Davis (back) and Eric Gordon (knee) are out for the rest of the season.

Southerland made the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster out of training camp in October and appeared in one game before his release. The 6-foot-8 sharpshooter has averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.

ESPN first reported Southerland’s call up to New Orleans.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Eric Gordon To Visit Doctor For Exam On Left Knee

Eric Gordon will receive an examination on his left knee from his doctor in Los Angeles.

Gordon did not accompany the New Orleans Pelicans for their game against the Utah Jazz on Friday.

Gordon has missed eight consecutive games because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Monty Williams said the Pelicans had no plans to shut down Gordon for the remainder of the season. Gordon has averaged 15.4 points in 64 games this season.

Via John Reid/New Orleans Times-Picayune

Anthony Davis Day-To-Day With Back Spasms

Anthony Davis is day-to-day with back spasms.

Davis was forced out of the New Orleans Pelicans' game on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets after playing just 10 minutes.

Via John Reid/Times Picayune

Anthony Davis Has 'Some Dirk, KG, Hakeem' In His Game

Anthony Davis has had such a strong second and unique season in the NBA that comparisons to former players have almost entirely stopped.

“He’s his own player,” says Kevin Hanson, the Pelicans’ player development coach, who works closely with Davis. “He’s got some Dirk, some KG, and some Hakeem. I don’t think we’re even going to see what he really is for at least a couple of years.”

Davis ranks fourth in PER behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love. Davis also has more defensive potential than any player to enter the NBA since Dwight Howard.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Ryan Anderson Will Miss Remainder Of Season To Undergo Surgery

Ryan Anderson will miss the remainder of the season due to a herniated cervical disc.

Anderson consulted with a team of physicians and determined surgery was the best option.

Anderson will undergo surgery on April 8.

In 22 games this season, Anderson averaged 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 36.1 minutes per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Eric Gordon Dealing With Tendinitis In Good Knee

Eric Gordon has missed two straight games, but he is confident there is nothing serious or structurally wrong with his left knee.

"It's feeling better," he said. "I just had a little episode during the game. I had a little knee tendinitis but nothing very serious. It's getting a little bit better and I'll start ramping things up."

Gordon had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2013, but he hasn't any issues with his left knee before the Hawks game.

"I never have (had problems with the left knee)," Gordon said. "But I'll be fine. It's just a little flare up."

Via Nakia Hogan/Times Picayune

New Orleans Pelicans Archives

Tyreke Evans Has Surged Since Becoming Starter

Tyreke Evans is averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 11 starts.

Anthony Davis Focused On Improving, Not Considering Where He Ranks

Anthony Davis ranks fourth in the NBA in PER.

Pierre Jackson Likely To Play For Pelicans' Summer League Team

Pierre Jackson's draft rights are owned by the Pelicans, but he left the D-League to play in Turkey after the trade deadline.

Pelicans Unsure On Signing Pierre Jackson For Next Season

Dell Demps said Monday there are no guarantees that the Pelicans will sign Pierre Jackson to a contract for next season.

Jrue Holiday Out For Season After Undergoing Surgery On Tibia

Jrue Holiday appeared in 34 games this season with the Pelicans.

Pierre Jackson To Sign With Fenerbahçe Ülker If No NBA Deal Emerges

Pierre Jackson's draft rights are owned by the Pelicans and he has emerged this season in the D-League.

Lakers Seek 2nd Round Pick For Jordan Hill

The Lakers are seeking a second round pick in their trade talks involving Jordan Hill.

Cavaliers Express Interest In Pierre Jackson, Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson

The Cavaliers have expressed interest in acquiring the draft rights of Pierre Jackson.

Pelicans Shopping Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers could be involved in a deal with the rights of Pierre Jackson.

Nuggets, Cavaliers Interested In Trading With Pelicans For Pierre Jackson's Draft Rights

The Pelicans are already using 15 player slots, but they haven't ruled out bringing Pierre Jackson up to their team if a spot becomes available.

Pierre Jackson Stuck In Limbo In D-League With Rights Owned By Pelicans

Pierre Jackson is averaging 29.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game for Idaho.

Paul, West Began Talking About Leaving New Orleans After Chandler Trade

Chris Paul embraced New Orleans, but the franchise was in turmoil for much of his tenure.

Bucks Interested In Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon is in the second season of a $58 million, four-year contract.

Pelicans Sought Deep Roster With Players Difficult To Guard

There's a popular sentiment around the NBA that Dell Demps has assembled a glorified AAU team for the Pelicans.

Pelicans One Of NBA's Most Active Teams In Trade Talks Ahead Of Deadline

The Pelicans are motivated to trade Eric Gordon, who is owed a combined $29 million over the next two seasons.

Anthony Davis Replaces Kobe Bryant On Western Conference All-Star Team

Anthony Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game this season.

Pelicans Agree To 10-Year, $40M Deal To Name Arena 'Smoothie King Center'

The Pelicans will name their arena Smoothie King Center after agreeing to 10-year rights worth an estimated $40 million.

Luke Babbitt Signs With Pelicans

Luke Babbit spent part of this season with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia.

Anthony Davis Dislocates Finger, Not Expected To Miss Any Games

Anthony Davis said he dislocated his left index finger late in the fourth quarter, but Pelicans head trainer Jon Ishop was able to pop it back in place.

Pelicans Waive Tyshawn Taylor

Tyshawn Taylor was acquired this week in a trade with the Nets.
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