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Demps: Key To Pelicans' Philosophy Is To Build Core Around Anthony Davis

Feb 24, 2015 10:43 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans' odds of reaching the playoffs continue to fade.

General manager Dell Demps sees reaching the playoffs as an important step in the maturation process of a young team.

“We’ve got a group we’re growing together to get better,” Demps said. “The key to our philosophy is to have a core built around Anthony Davis.

“That builds continuity.”

Demps has been reluctant to deal away any core players and has instead worked on shuffling the end of the roster.

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Anthony Davis Sidelined 1-2 Weeks, Ryan Anderson Out 2-4 Weeks For Pelicans

Feb 22, 2015 3:21 PM

Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Sunday.

An MRI conducted by the team’s medical staff this morning confirmed the right shoulder sprain. The injury occurred in last night’s game against the Miami HEAT.

Additionally, Ryan Anderson underwent an MRI this morning and has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee. He is out 2-4 weeks.

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Shawne Williams Waived By Pelicans

Feb 22, 2015 2:19 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Shawne Williams.

Williams was acquired Feb. 19 from the Miami Heat along with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton as part of a three-team trade.

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Pelicans Trade For Ish Smith From Thunder

Feb 19, 2015 8:56 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring Ish Smith, the rights to Latavious Williams, cash considerations and draft considerations. In exchange, Oklahoma City has acquired draft considerations from New Orleans. 

Smith, 6-0, 175, appeared in 30 games this season with Oklahoma City, averaging 1.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists. Undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010, Smith has appeared in 221 career games, also suiting up for Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Milwaukee and Memphis, averaging 2.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

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Norris Cole Traded To Pelicans

Feb 19, 2015 3:21 PM

Norris Cole has been traded by the Miami Heat to the New Orleans Pelicans for John Salmons.

The Pelicans need depth at point guard with Jrue Holiday out.

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Jrue Holiday Aggravates Leg Injury

Feb 18, 2015 1:47 PM

Jrue Holiday aggravated the stress reaction in his lower right leg Monday. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks by the team’s medical staff. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date as more information is available.

 

Holiday has missed the previous 16 games with the injury.

In 37 games this season, Holiday averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33.7 minutes per game. 

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Toney Douglas Agrees To 2nd 10-Day Contract With Pelicans

Feb 13, 2015 1:39 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to re-sign Toney Douglas on a second 10-day contract after the All-Star break, a league source tells RealGM.

Douglas has averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 22.0 minutes per game in three appearances this season with the Pelicans.

Douglas was previously playing in China.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Anthony Davis Replaced By Dirk Nowitzki On West All-Star Team

Feb 12, 2015 12:42 AM

Anthony Davis has been replaced by Dirk Nowitzki for the NBA's Western Conference All-Star reserve team, the league announced on Wednesday.

Davis is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Nowitzki will make his 13th appearance in the NBA All-Star Game.

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Anthony Davis Day-To-Day With Shoulder Sprain

Feb 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain, the New Orleans Pelicans announced.

Davis sustained the injury at the 5:28 mark of the second quarter in New Orleans’ game Saturday night against Chicago at the Smoothie King Center.

Davis is questionable for Monday's home game against Utah and is listed as day-to-day.

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Toney Douglas Signs 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
Toney Douglas most recently played for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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Pelicans Won't Re-Sign Nate Wolters
The Pelicans are parting with Nate Wolters after his 10-day contract expires, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Jrue Holiday Likely Out 2-4 Weeks With Stress Reaction In Lower Leg
In 37 games this season, Jrue Holiday averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33.7 minutes per game.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Nate Wolters Signs 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
Nate Wolters holds career averages of 6.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds.

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Pelicans Expected To Sign Nate Wolters To 10-Day Contract
The Pelicans were previously considering Mike James and Gal Mekel before Nate Wolters became available.

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Monty Williams Takes Himself To Task As Pelicans Drop Below .500
The Pelicans have been inconsistent this season, without a winning streak of more than two games.

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Jeff Green To Grizzlies Trade Finalized
A three-team trade involving the Celtics, Grizzlies and Pelicans involving Jeff Green has finally been fully agreed upon.

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Details Of Celtics, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Clippers Deal Involving Jeff Green
The long awaited Jeff Green trade is close to being finalized with Austin Rivers likely being routed to the Clippers.

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Austin Rivers Could Be Flipped To Clippers In Jeff Green Trade
The Pelicans will send Austin Rivers to the Celtics as part of the Jeff Green trade, according to sources.

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Grizzlies Agree To Trade With Celtics For Jeff Green
The Celtics would acquire TayShaun Prince and a first round pick from the Grizzlies for Jeff Green.

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Eric Gordon To Return For First Game Since Tearing Labrum
The Pelicans were without Eric Gordon for 21 games.

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Davis, Griffin, Marc Gasol Lead West Frontcourt ASG Voting
Anthony Davis has a comfortable lead among Western Conference frontcourt players in All-Star voting.

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Pelicans Interested In Re-Signing Gal Mekel Later In Season
Gal Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

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Gal Mekel Waived By Pelicans
Gal Mekel was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent.

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Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans
The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Tyreke Evans this season.

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Anthony Davis Sits Out With Chest Contusion
Anthony Davis suffered the injury this week in the Pelicans' win over the Heat.

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Pelicans To Sign Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel will sign with the Pelicans on a two-year deal.

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Pelicans Assign Russ Smith To D-League
The Pelicans have assigned Russ Smith to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

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