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RealGM Radio: Mason Ginsberg On Anthony Davis, Pelicans

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks about the New Orleans Pelicans with Mason Ginsberg of BourbonStreetShots.com (@MasonGinsberg).

The two discuss how Anthony Davis' rise to prominence puts the Pelicans in a unique negotiating position with high-level free agents, defining success for this season and the exciting possibility of Monty Williams playing Davis, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson together for stretches.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Waive Dionte Christmas

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Dionte Christmas.

Christmas, 6-5, 205, appeared in 31 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

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Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Hire, Promote Seven In Basketball Ops

The New Orleans Pelicans announced the hiring and promotion of several members of the team’s basketball operations staff.

Duane Brooks, who brings over two decades of experience in his field, enters his first season as head athletic trainer with the New Orleans after spending the previous 13 seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant athletic trainer. Brooks is responsible for the health care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, daily training room operations and maintenance of the team’s medical records.

Jason Sumerlin joins the Pelicans as assistant strength and conditioning coach, where he will assist with the athletic development and training of players. 

Jamelle McMillan has been elevated to player development coach after serving as a coaching intern for the Pelicans the past two seasons. 

Terrance “Doc” Martin adds the role of player development coach to his director of player programs title, which he’s held the past two seasons. Martin served as a scout for the Pelicans from 2010-12 after spending the three previous years in Portland as a collegiate scout for the Trail Blazers.  

Michael Ruffin enters his first season with the Pelicans as player development coach.

Matt Whinrey has been promoted to head video coordinator after serving as the team’s assistant video coordinator last season. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Whinrey was an NBA regional scout and basketball operations assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Bryson Graham has been promoted to scouting coordinator after spending the last two seasons as the Pelicans video coordinator. Graham previously served as the team’s player development director/basketball operations associate in 2011-12 and was a front office intern in 2010-11.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron, Durant, Davis Named As GMs Top Picks To Build Franchise Around

The USA Today conducted an anonymous poll of 27 NBA executives on who would be their first pick if they were starting a team from scratch.

Sixteen of the respondents replied with LeBron James as their pick, while seven said Kevin Durant and three said Anthony Davis.

Tim Duncan, who is 38, also received a vote.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Pelicans Waive Vernon Macklin

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Vernon Macklin.

Macklin, 6-10, 227, was the 52nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

In 23 games with Detroit, Macklin averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. Most recently, Macklin played for Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

D.J. Stephens To Sign Camp Contract With Pelicans

Free agent swingman D.J. Stephens has reached an agreement on a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, leagues sources told RealGM.

A freak athlete who recorded a 46-inch vertical as an NBA draft prospect in 2013, Stephens signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. In three NBA games, Stephens scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds.

Stephens played four seasons at the University of Memphis.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Tyreke Evans To Miss 3-5 Weeks With Strained Hamstring

Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Saturday.

"Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Dell Demps said in a statement. “He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff. Hopefully, he will be cleared to play before the season-opener.”

Evans appeared in 72 games for the Pelicans last season and averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 28.2 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dionte Christmas Reaches One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Free agent guard Dionte Christmas has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Christmas has played five professional seasons since going unselected in the 2009 draft, and he hadn’t spent a regular season in the NBA until playing a full year with the Phoenix Suns.

Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Suns a season ago, using his participation on Phoenix’s summer league roster to gain a guaranteed deal.

Christmas played four years at Temple University.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Pelicans To Sign Vernon Macklin, Kevin Jones To Camp Contracts

The New Orleans Pelicans have reached agreements to sign free agent forwards Vernon Macklin and Kevin Jones to non-guaranteed deals for training camp, league sources told RealGM.

Macklin rejected several overseas deals to attend the Pelicans’ camp. He averaged two points and almost two rebounds in 23 games with the Detroit Pistons in 2011-12. Macklin was a second round pick of the Pistons in 2011.

Jones has spent parts of the past two seasons in the NBA Development League with Canton, receiving a multi-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 before being released the next offseason.

Jones had significant interest on a potential deal with the Indiana Pacers before the season-ending injury to Paul George, sources said.

Both Macklin and Jones played in the NBA Summer League in July with the Orlando Magic and Pacers, respectively.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

New Orleans Pelicans Archives

Pelicans Still View Austin Rivers As An Asset

At one point it looked like Austin Rivers would need to be included in the Pelicans' deal for Omer Asik due to salary cap restraints.

RealGM Radio: On The Southwest Division With Maisonet, Tjarks

They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5.

Darius Miller Re-Signs With Pelicans

Darius Miller re-signed with the Pelicans on Friday.

Omri Casspi Interested In Returning To Kings

Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the Pelicans.

Patric Young Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Patric Young will sign a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.

Jimmer Fredette Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette finished this past season with the Kings.

Alonzo Gee Traded By Cavs To Pelicans

The Cavaliers previously had a trade agreed upon with the Bobcats involving Alonzo Gee.

Troy Daniels Receives Interest From Rockets, Mavs, Spurs, Grizzlies, Pelicans

The Rockets hope to re-sign Troy Daniels.

Rockets Trade Omer Asik To Pelicans For 1st Rounder

Omer Asik has been on the trade block since the Rockets signed Dwight Howard last July.

Anthony Davis Continues To Add Muscle, Believes He Could Be Getting Taller

Anthony Davis has spent the offseason adding strength.

Greg Monroe Expects Multiple Suitors In Free Agency, Not Ruling Out Pistons

Greg Monroe has been in contact with the Pistons' front office.

Pelicans Aggressively Discussing Trades For First Round Pick

The Pelicans are aggressively pursuing a first rounder to select either a small forward or center.

Cavaliers Win NBA Lottery; Bucks Pick 2nd, 76ers 3rd

The Cavaliers have won the NBA Lottery for the third time in four seasons.

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

New Orleans never signed Pierre Jackson to a rookie scare contract.

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

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

Pelicans Sign Melvin Ely, Waive Greg Stiemsma

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

Eric Gordon To Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

James Southerland To Sign With Pelicans

James Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15.

Eric Gordon To Visit Doctor For Exam On Left Knee

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

Anthony Davis Day-To-Day With Back Spasms

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