Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
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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Jul 25, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
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.
Jul 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT
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.”
Jul 20, 2014 3:31 PM EDT
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.
Jul 18, 2014 3:35 AM EDT
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.
Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans have agreed upon a trade involving Alonzo Gee.
The Cavaliers previously had a trade agreed upon with the Charlotte Bobcats involving Gee.
Gee's $3 million non-guaranteed contract will be waived to allow the Pelicans to compete their Omer Asik trade with the Houston Rockets.
Brendan Haywood will still eventually come to the Cavaliers from the Hornets.
Jul 01, 2014 7:53 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets would like to re-sign Troy Daniels, but he's also receiving interest from the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources that spoke with RealGM.
Daniels became a playoff hero for the Rockets after his Call-Up from the D-League.
Jun 25, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have traded Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans for a future first round pick.
The Rockets will also send $1.5 million cash to the Pelicans as part of the deal, which won't become official until after July 1.
Asik has been on the trade block since the Rockets signed Dwight Howard last July.
The Rockets are attempting to clear cap space to sign either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Houston could also create additional cap space by trading Jeremy Lin.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reports the pick to the Rockets will be conveyed in 2015 only if it is outside of the top 2/3 of the lottery or better than a top-20 selection.
Jun 22, 2014 4:05 PM EDT
Anthony Davis has spent the offseason adding strength, saying he is already up to 238 pounds after starting the past season at 230 pounds.
Davis has also focused on improving his outside shot.
“I’m up to 238 right now. It’s all muscle, and that’s what I need,” Davis said. “I want to get stronger, so that when I post up, it’s a lot easier for me. I think it’s going to translate to the season, just my mentality, knowing that I’m a lot stronger and a lot better. It’s going to make me more aggressive.
“I’m definitely working on the corner three-pointer. (Also) more post moves, a consistent mid-range jump shot, ball-handling. Those are the things I’m working on right now to get better. But at the same time, touching up on the things I’m pretty good at.”
Davis was selected to the NBA All-Star team in 2013-14, when he averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 67 total games.
Davis is listed at 6-foot-10 but believes he could also be getting taller, half-jokingly saying he hopes to stay in the 6-foot-something range.
“I hope not,” Davis said on whether he’s still growing. “I don’t want to be 7 feet. It just (sounds) weird, to be a 7-footer. I’d like to be 6-10, but if I grow, you can’t really do anything about it. You can’t help it.”
Jun 15, 2014 1:42 PM EDT
Greg Monroe expects a bevy of suitors as a restricted free agent next month, including possible interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks.
"From what I have been told, it'll be like that (college recruiting) a little bit," Monroe said. "But the NBA has really strict rules and you can't talk about it until July 1. Different things come out about teams who are interested, but I won't know for sure until July 1 when I can actually talk to them.
"I'm hoping and praying that I will have some options. As it looks right now I will have some. But I am just preparing myself and doing the normal things that I would around this time, working out. And on July 1, I'll be with my agent and we'll go through the process together."
The New Orleans Pelicans have made inquiries to the Pistons about a potential sign-and-trade scenario, according to a source.
Monroe has been in contact with the Detroit Pistons' front office and is not ruling out a return to the team. The trio of Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith did not prove successful this season.
"I've been in communication with [Stan] Van Gundy," Monroe said. "I met with him and he understands the position I am in right now and I am going to go through the process. I haven't met (new general manager Jeff) Bower yet. But I have met with Van Gundy and have kept in constant contact with him through text messages."
New Orleans Pelicans Archives
The Pelicans are aggressively pursuing a first rounder to select either a small forward or center.
The Cavaliers have won the NBA Lottery for the third time in four seasons.
New Orleans never signed Pierre Jackson to a rookie scare contract.
The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.
Eric Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.
James Southerlands deal for the remainder of the season wont carry into 2014-15.
Eric Gordon has missed eight consecutive games because of tendinitis in his left knee.
Anthony Davis is day-to-day with back spasms.
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 undergo surgery on April 8.
Eric Gordon has missed two straight games, but he is confident there is nothing serious or structurally wrong with his left knee.
Tyreke Evans is averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 11 starts.
Anthony Davis ranks fourth in the NBA in PER.
Pierre Jackson's draft rights are owned by the Pelicans, but he left the D-League to play in Turkey after the trade deadline.
Dell Demps said Monday there are no guarantees that the Pelicans will sign Pierre Jackson to a contract for next season.
Jrue Holiday appeared in 34 games this season with the Pelicans.
Pierre Jackson's draft rights are owned by the Pelicans and he has emerged this season in the D-League.
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