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Dunc'd On: NOP, WAS, DEN, MEM, SAC, ORL Offseason Previews

Jun 28, 2016 4:05 AM

A detailed look at the offseasons for the New Orleans Pelicans ($24 million in projected cap space), Washington Wizards ($30 million projected, 14:15), Denver Nuggets ($31 million projected, 29:00), Memphis Grizzlies ($26 million projected, 44:30), Sacramento Kings ($30 million projected, 1:00:00) and Orlando Magic ($44 million projected, 1:16:00).

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM, The Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans

Jun 24, 2016 1:03 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available. 

“I’m a scorer,” Hield said in his opening remarks to the media. “I can shoot the ball a lot. Love to shoot. I feel like when I go there I can open up the floor for Anthony Davis and other guys to be able to penetrate. And for a guy like Anthony Davis, they have a guy like me who can shoot the ball really well, can keep the floor spaced.” 

Alvin Gentry traveled to the Bahamas to watch Hield play and the two discussed playing fast together if New Orleans was in position to take the Oklahoma senior. Hield is just the third player from the Bahamas to be drafted. 

“I’m so happy, man, not only for me but for all the kids back in the Bahamas,” Hield said. “The norm is that we never make it out of there. So being one of the few that makes it out there helps me give to the kids and inspire them, like OK, there will be more that will make it out. 

“I’m just happy for the Bahamas, really. Put them back on the map, and for all my friends and family."

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Danny Ferry Hired By Pelicans As Special Advisor

Jun 8, 2016 11:29 AM

Danny Ferry has been hired by the New Orleans Pelicans in a special advisor role.

Ferry and Dell Demps worked together with the San Antonio Spurs. Ferry began his front office career with the Spurs.

Ferry has previously been a general manager with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Ferry was forced out of his role with the Hawks due to a racist scouting report about Luol Deng.

Demps has been general manager of the Pelicans since 2010.

“I am excited to announce Danny Ferry has accepted our offer to join the New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations staff as a special advisor,” said Demps. “Danny’s experience, insight and achievements will be a welcomed addition to the Pelicans as we continue our quest to improve the team.”

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Bryce Dejean-Jones Killed By Gunshot Wound

May 28, 2016 4:44 PM

Bryce Dejean-Jones suffered gunshot wound to the abdomen late Friday and bled to death.

The New Orleans Pelicans released the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

According to a report obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas police officers responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The resident of the apartment said an individual had kicked open his front door and entered his apartment. The resident retrieved a handgun when he heard the individual and he fired his gun at the individual after calling out at him.

Dejean-Jones reportedly broke into the wrong apartment trying to get to "an estranged acquaintance."

Dejean-Jones, 23, signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February after joining the team on consecutive 10-day contracts.

"Bryce overcame a lot of obstacles to get to this point in his career," his agent, Scott Nichols, said. "He was a joy to be around, a talent just turning the corner in his career."

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Anthony Davis Loses $24M Not Qualifying For Rose Rule

May 26, 2016 3:33 PM

Anthony Davis was not voted onto one of the three All-NBA teams and therefore did not qualify for the Rose Rule.

The Rose Rule allows players coming off their rookie contract to take up to 30 percent of his team's salary cap if he's voted a starter in the All-Star Game twice or twice named to an All-NBA team.

Davis was an All-NBA First Team selection last year and also started in the All-Star Game, but neither happened this season.

Davis will lose up to $24 million as his five-year deal will be worth $120 million instead of $144 million.

Brett Dawson/The Advocate

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Alvin Gentry Joining Dell Demps At NBA Draft Combine

May 11, 2016 11:21 PM

Alvin Gentry will join Dell Demps to help him scout players during the NBA Draft combine in Chicago for the New Orleans Pelicans.

''I don't think it ever shuts off whatsoever,'' Gentry said about his offseason duties. ''I'm leaving here in the morning at 5 on a flight to Chicago to go to pre-draft camp. Obviously we're very disappointed with the season that we had last year.''

Demps is continuing to conduct his business as usual even though the Pelicans haven't confirmed his return for next season.

''We're going to look at all kind of angles in the draft,'' Gentry said. ''It's always that thing about we're going to take the best player and in this case we'll probably look at situations whoever we feel is the best player that's who we will take.'' 

John Reid/Times Picayune

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Dell Demps To Meet With Pelicans' Ownership, Expected To Keep Job

Apr 22, 2016 7:34 PM

Dell Demps will meet with officials from the New Orleans Pelicans' ownership on Monday.

The expectation is Demps will be retained as general manager.

There has been speculation of Joe Dumars eventually taking on a big role within the Pelicans.

Demps was hired as GM of the Pelicans in July of 2010.

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John Hammond Could Move From Bucks To Pelicans In Offseason

Apr 11, 2016 9:00 PM

John Hammond could soon be fired or step down as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hammond received a one-year extension from the Bucks a year ago.

Hammond is expected to end up in a similar position with the New Orleans Pelicans to reunite with Joe Dumars.

The future of Jason Kidd is also in doubt as he hasn't endeared himself to the ownership of the Bucks beyond Marc Lasry.

The Bucks somewhat surprisingly reached the playoffs in 2015 but regressed in 2016.

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Pelicans Sign James Ennis For Remainder Of Season

Apr 9, 2016 7:14 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed James Ennis for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. 

Ennis, 6-7, 201, was originally signed by New Orleans on March 30. In six games (two starts), Ennis has averaged 11.3 points, while shooting .440 from three-point range, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Ennis most recently played for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, appearing in 24 games this season, averaging 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest.

Selected 50th overall by Atlanta out of Long Beach State in the 2013 NBA Draft, Ennis has appeared in 81 career regular season games with Miami, Memphis and New Orleans, holding averages of 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds.

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Ryan Anderson Advised To Undergo Sports Hernia Surgery
Ryan Anderson will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Pelicans To Sign Jordan Hamilton, James Ennis For Remainder Of Season
The Pelicans have several players out for the season with injury.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Pelicans Sign James Ennis To 10-Day Contract
James Ennis is the 18th player on the Pelicans' payroll, three more than the maximum allowed on a healthy NBA roster.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Jrue Holiday Out For Season With Orbital Wall Fracture
Jrue Holiday has appeared in 65 games (23 starts) while averaging 16.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals.

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Tim Frazier Signs With Pelicans For Remainder Of Season
Tim Frazier is averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 26.0 minutes over his first five games with the Pelicans.

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Dell Demps Second-Guessing Decision To Replace Monty Williams With Alvin Gentry
Dell Demps reportedly second-guessed his own decision of firing Monty Williams and hiring Alvin Gentry in public ways.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Anthony Davis Undergoes Knee Surgery, Won't Need Repair Of Torn Labrum
Anthony Davis will be able to return to basketball activities in three to four months.

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Pelicans To Sign Jordan Hamilton To 10-Day Contract
Jordan Hamilton is averaging 14.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game over 14 appearances in the D-League this season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jazz Had Exploratory Talks At Deadline For Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague
The Jazz remain confident in Dante Exum, who has missed the entire 15-16 season with a torn ACL.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Anthony Davis Has Played Through Torn Labrum For Three Years
Anthony Davis has been shut down for the remainder of the 15-16 season.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

Anthony Davis Done For Season, Likely To Lose $24M
Anthony Davis' exit after 61 games played this season puts his chances of being voted onto one of three end-of-season All-NBA teams in danger.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

Pelicans Considering Shutting Down Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is dealing with both a knee and shoulder injury.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Tim Frazier To Sign 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
The Pelicans have been granted an injured player exception and plan on signing Tim Frazier to a 10-day deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Unlikely To Push To Re-Sign Eric Gordon
The Pelicans matched the Suns' four-year, $58 million offer sheet to retain Eric Gordon.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Eric Gordon Out For Season With Surgery On Fractured Ring Finger
Eric Gordon has appeared in 45 games this season for New Orleans, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest.

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Pelicans To Sign Orlando Johnson To 10-Day Contract
The Pelicans will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract with their injury exception.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pelicans Receive Another Injury Hardship Exception
The Pelicans recently lost Eric Gordon to injury.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Alvin Gentry Apologizes For Saying Pelicans Out Of Playoff Picture
The Pelicans are six games back of the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

Bryce Dejean-Jones Out For Season With Wrist Surgery
Bryce Dejean-Jones underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a right wrist fracture.

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Bryce Dejean-Jones Finalizing Three-Year Deal With Pelicans
The second year of Bryce Dejean-Jones' deal will be a partial guarantee.

Shams Charania/The Vertical