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Pelicans, Hawks Held Exploratory Dwight Howard Trade Talks

Jan 18, 2017 9:59 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have found success playing Anthony Davis at center, but there are concerns about the physical toll it would take. Davis has frequently been hampered by minor injuries throughout his career that would likely get accentuated by playing against bigger and stronger opponents.

The Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks recently held exploratory talks about possible Dwight Howard trades. Atlanta ultimately decided to pull everyone off the market.

The level of interest from New Orleans is unclear and there was not unanimous support within the organization in trading for Howard.

Howard signed a three-year, $70 million deal in the offseason with the Hawks.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Considered Pursuing Harrison Barnes In Free Agency

Jan 18, 2017 9:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans internally discussed using all of their 2016 cap space on Harrison Barnes before deciding to split it up among E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and others.

Barnes confirmed this week he would have considered the Pelicans had they pursued him.

Barnes instead signed a four-year, $95 million max contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Pelicans thought they needed to move on the available market and not wait on Kevin Durant to make his decision, which was tying up Barnes from moving forward.

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Tags: Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Donatas Motiejunas: Rockets Lost An Asset, I Lost $37M

Jan 12, 2017 12:10 PM

After a long restricted free agency, Donatas Motiejunas eventually signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans when he became an unrestricted free agent.

Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets that was matched by the Houston Rockets, which ultimately fell apart.

“Honestly, you can say it was business stuff, but, from my side, I’m a basketball player, I just want to play,” Motiejunas said. “Being involved in that business situation, it was one of the worst experiences of my life that I’ve had. I would say, from any basketball player, we work every day, we put our sweat, we put our tears, we put our blood on the floor, try to help and make teams better, so when someone acts with you like this, it’s just wrong.”

Motiejunas was asked what he thought about losing a multi-year deal.

“The team lost an asset,” Motiejunas said. “I lost $37, 38 million, so both sides lost in this situation. No one won in this situation actually. I know, as soon as I step on the floor, the people are going to see that I’m the same guy that I was last year when I was playing. For me, I’m not going to lose anything. After this year, someone else is going to pick me up. I’m not worried about that. I know how to play basketball. I know how to make every and each team better. I adjust to the situation depending on what coach asks me to do, so I’m not worried about that. It was just a ridiculous situation, the resolution was taking too long, and it was affecting me as a player, and it was affecting me personally. Instead of being a business decision it was like more of a personal decision.”

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cheick Diallo Assigned By Pelicans To D-League

Jan 10, 2017 11:45 AM

Cheick Diallo has been assigned by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s NBA Development League affiliate, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule.

Diallo has appeared in seven games for the Pelicans this season, recording averages of 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game.

He has also appeared in nine games on assignment with the D-League’s Austin Spurs, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 23.3 minutes per contest.

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Quincy Pondexter Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

Jan 4, 2017 9:34 PM

Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic left knee surgery this morning. A timetable for his return will be released at a later date.

Pondexter hasn't played since the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Pondexter, 6-7, 220, has appeared in 279 career regular season games with Memphis and New Orleans, averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game, as well as 29 playoff games, averaging 6.8 points while shooting .414 from three-point range, and 2.6 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.

After playing his rookie season in New Orleans, Pondexter was re-acquired by the Pelicans on Jan. 12, 2015 in a three-team trade with Memphis and Boston. Over the final 45 games of the regular season, the University of Washington product averaged 9.0 points, shooting .449 from the field, including .433 from three-point range, to go with 3.1 rebounds, helping New Orleans make the 2015 postseason.

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Donatas Motiejunas Saw 'Best Opportunity' With Pelicans After 'Frustrating' Free Agency

Jan 4, 2017 4:38 PM

Donatas Motiejunas is looking forward to returning to game action with the New Orleans Pelicans for the first time in eight months after a lengthy free agency.

"It was really frustrating," Motiejunas said about the situation. "On the other [hand], I tried to keep my cool head. I was working out in Vancouver, so not a lot of people know me there. There was not a lot of pressure. I had a lot of good people there around me who helped me really go through this."

A lingering back injury forced Motiejunas out of all but 37 games last season and led to the voiding of a trade last February to the Detroit Pistons.

"I've been cleared by every single team that I visited, medically" Motiejunas said.

The Lakers and Wolves also had interest in Motiejunas.

"I visited a couple of teams and I saw the best opportunity here," he said, "so my decision was pretty easy."

 

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joel Embiid, Buddy Hield Named Rookies Of The Month For December

Jan 3, 2017 5:10 PM

Joel Embiid and Buddy Hield have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for December.

Embiid averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27.3 minutes per game in 10 December games. He scored in double-figures nine times and posted 20 or more points five times, closing out the month with three straight 20-point games to conclude the Sixers’ four-game road trip. All other rookies combined for four 20-point games throughout December.

Hield, 23, led West rookies in scoring (10.6 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.478) and topped all first-year players in three-pointers made (33).  The 6-4 guard scored in double figures nine times in 16 games, including 12 or more points in each of the final three games of December (a 3-0 stretch for New Orleans).  On Dec. 15, Hield set career-highs with 21 points and five three-pointers in a 102-95 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

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Donatas Motiejunas Officially Signs With Pelicans

Jan 3, 2017 12:21 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have officially signed free agent forward/center Donatas Motiejunas. 

Motiejunas, 7-0, 222, previously played for the Houston Rockets from 2012-16. In 214 career regular season games, the Lithuanian native holds averages of 7.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.0 minutes per game.

Motiejunas was a restricted free agent until mid-December.

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Anthony Davis Comfortable Playing Center

Jan 2, 2017 10:20 PM

Anthony Davis hasn't played beside a traditional center for four straight games with the New Orleans Pelicans winning three of them until they lost to the Cavaliers on Monday.

The Pelicans lack talent at the center position beside Davis and moving him to the 5 also allows them to play smaller.

"I try to do whatever I have to do," said Davis. "I don't mind playing the 5 with the small lineup, because I know it's been helping us. Just sacrifice for the team. At the 5 you probably won't get the ball as much, won't score as much, but we're winning so I really don't care."

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Donatas Motiejunas Agrees To Deal With Pelicans After Meeting With Lakers, Wolves

Jan 2, 2017 12:10 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed upon a one-year deal with Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas will sign for the veteran's minimum after his four-year deal with the Houston Rockets dissolved. Motiejunas had agreed to a four-year, $35 million deal with the Rockets after months of negotiations Motiejunas also visited with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Pelicans have stated a desire to add more spacing on the floor and Motiejunas will help in that regard.

Motiejunas was examined by Nets doctors earlier this season and Brooklyn was comfortable signing him to an offer sheet.

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Pelicans Waive Reggie Williams
In five games, Reggie Williams averaged 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per contest.

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Donatas Motiejunas In Serious Talks With Pelicans
Donatas Motiejunas is an unrestricted free agent after a lengthy restricted free agency with the Rockets.

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Anthony Davis Hopes To Start In ASG
Anthony Davis lost approximately $25 million by not starting in last year's All-Star Game or being named to an All-NBA team as he missed out on qualifying for the Rose rule.

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Anthony Davis Has Endured 'Learning Experience' As Pelicans' Franchise Player
Anthony Davis has had to endure some criticism and the burden of responsibility as a franchise player as the Pelicans have struggled to put a healthy team around him.

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Reggie Williams To Sign With Pelicans
Reggie Williams last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season with the Spurs.

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Pelicans Waive Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown appeared in nine games for the Pelicans, averaging 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

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David Stern: There Was Never A Chris Paul To Lakers Trade To 'Void'
David Stern was asked about the proposed trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers that was canceled by him when the NBA were assuming control of New Orleans.

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Anthony Davis: Pelicans Have To Work Hard Not Having Multiple Superstars
Anthony Davis has consistently defended his supporting cast with the Pelicans, which is comprised of journeymen and younger players.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
Cheick Diallo, 6-9, 220, has appeared in six games with Austin, averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

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Anthony Davis Sees Handle, Passing As Next Evolution Of His Game
Anthony Davis' assist rate is at 11.5 percent this season, up from 15-16 when he posted a mark of 9.9.

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Anthony Davis Defends Pelicans' Supporting Cast
Anthony Davis admitted he was worried about the Pelicans' early season struggles.

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Pelicans Recall Cheick Diallo From D-League
Cheick Diallo has appeared in six games with Austin, averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game

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Dante Cunningham Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Right Fibula
Dante Cunningham is averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15 games, including 10 starts, this season.

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Anthony Davis Suffers Knee Contusion Diving Into Stands
Anthony Davis ultimately returned in the fourth quarter, after X-rays taken on the knee were negative.

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Anthony Davis Remains Fully Committed To Pelicans
Anthony Davis is averaging 31.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks as he continues to perform as one of the NBA's best players.

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Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-1 week, with all victories coming on the road, by averaging 27.3 points (second in the East), 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

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Pelicans Close To Signing Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown has averaged 29.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over his first three games of the 16-17 D-League season.

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Archie Goodwin Waived By Pelicans
Archie Goodwin appeared in three games for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points in 10.0 minutes per contest.

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Jrue Holiday 'Excited' To Make Season Debut After Emotional Offseason
Jrue Holiday was on family leave until his wife's recovery was far enough along that both felt comfortable with his return to the Pelicans.

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Anthony Davis Injures Back As Pelicans Fall To 1-9
Anthony Davis immediately fell to the ground and grasped his back when driving to the basket early in the third quarter of the game.

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