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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

Pelicans Still View Austin Rivers As An Asset

With Austin Rivers showing improvement in his second NBA season, the New Orleans Pelicans still consider him a valuable asset, according to sources.

It apparently turned out to be a deciding factor on why they didn't trade him, despite listening to offers.

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

''You have to admit that he has really improved his game," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said at the end of last season. "He's improved his shot. He finishes at the basket better than he did last year. His free-throw percentage came up. It's not where we want it, but it came up."

''I was constantly working the entire summer,'' Rivers said. ''I gained 10 pounds and I've got stronger in my upper body. This is my year.

''But I think at the end of the day, I think we all now understand we can only control what we can control. At the end of the day, we let all of the guys in the front office do their jobs. We just stick to what we do. We play.''

Via John Reid/Times-Picayune

RealGM Radio: On The Southwest Division With Maisonet, Tjarks

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) works through the Southwest Division with Ed Maisonet of The Sports Fan Journal and SBNation (@edthesportsfan) and Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks).  

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 and predicting how many teams will make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Darius Miller Re-Signs With Pelicans

Darius Miller re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Originally drafted by New Orleans with the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the University of Kentucky product averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season.

Miller has appeared in 97 career games (nine starts) for the Pelicans over the last two seasons, averaging 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Omri Casspi Interested In Returning To Kings

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

Casspi played for the Houston Rockets this past season.

“My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams, and the Kings are one of them," said Casspi. "Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.”

Via Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Patric Young Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Patric Young signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, as he announced on his Twitter page.

Young went undrafted in June after his collegiate career at Florida and landed with the Pelicans in Summer League.

Young signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jimmer Fredette Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Fredette finished this past season with the Chicago Bulls.

Fredette was a first round pick in 2011 by the Sacramento Kings.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

New Orleans Pelicans Archives

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.

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.

Ryan Anderson Will Miss Remainder Of Season To Undergo Surgery

Ryan Anderson will undergo surgery on April 8.

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.

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.
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