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Pelicans Interested In Re-Signing Gal Mekel Later In Season

Dec 20, 2014 1:51 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans waived Gal Mekel but remain interested in potentially re-signing him later in the season.

"We just felt like it was a move that we wanted to take a look at him," Monty Williams said. "We thought he did a good job, (but) there are some particulars financially that I am not going to discuss, that's for Dell and his staff (to discuss). They do a good job of keeping the organization in a good place. We like (Mekel) a lot. That doesn't mean we won't bring him back. But at this point we felt like we were going to go in a different direction."

Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. 

"I thought he brought some really good stuff to our team and it kind of stirred the pot a little bit even though we didn't do that on purpose," Williams said. "I thought our guys had a great understanding that we are going to continually tweak the roster to make our team better. For the time that he was here, he helped us."

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Gal Mekel Waived By Pelicans

Dec 19, 2014 12:45 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Gal Mekel.

Mekel, 6-3, 191, was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent. Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 14.

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Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans

Dec 15, 2014 10:35 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have received trade interest in Tyreke Evans, but a source indicates they're committed to keeping him.

Evans was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal in the 2013 offseason.

The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Evans this season.

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Anthony Davis Sits Out With Chest Contusion

Dec 14, 2014 5:28 PM

Anthony Davis will miss the New Orleans Pelicans' game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday due to a chest contusion, the team announced.

Davis suffered the injury this week in the Pelicans' win over the Miami Heat.

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Pelicans To Sign Gal Mekel

Dec 5, 2014 4:49 PM

Gal Mekel will sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Roey Gladstone of Israeli Channel 5.

According to Gladstone, the deal will be for two seasons with the first for the remainder of this season, and then a team option for the second year.

Mekel was released by the Dallas Mavericks on the eve of the season to create a roster spot for J.J. Barea.

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Pelicans Assign Russ Smith To D-League

Dec 5, 2014 12:44 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have assigned Russ Smith to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Smith, 6-0, 185, has appeared in three games for New Orleans, averaging 0.3 rebounds per game. Smith appeared in six preseason contests for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points, 1.2 assists and 0.8 rebounds.

Drafted out of the University of Louisville by Philadelphia with the 47th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Smith was acquired by New Orleans in a draft night trade.

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Pelicans Sign Dante Cunningham

Dec 4, 2014 1:19 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham was most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has had previous stops with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies.

Cunningham was arrested in April on domestic abuse charges, but those were dropped in August due to evidence that accusations had been fabricated.

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Pelicans Consider Signing Dante Cunningham

Nov 30, 2014 8:33 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are strongly considering signing Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham worked out for the Pelicans over the weekend.

The NBA recently suspended Charlotte's Jeffrey Taylor 24 games after he plead guilty in a misdemeanor domestic assault case. Despite charges being dropped against Cunningham, it was immediately unclear if he faced any league discipline.

Cunningham has been working to clear his name with NBA executives since a domestic assault arrest in April in Minneapolis. As a member of the Timberwolves, Cunningham was charged with an assault on his then- girlfriend, but charges were eventually dropped and police found that his accuser’s story included falsehoods.

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Darius Miller, Patric Young Waived By Pelicans

Nov 30, 2014 5:28 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Darius Miller and Patric Young.

Miller appeared in five games (one start) this season for the Pelicans, averaging 0.4 points and 0.2 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.

Young, who signed with the Pelicans as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2014-15 season, played in seven preseason games for New Orleans and averaged 1.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game.

New Orleans’ roster stands at 13.

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Anthony Davis 'Loves' Situation With Pelicans

Nov 27, 2014 3:05 PM

Anthony Davis believes that the New Orleans Pelicans are on the "right path" and is confident they will make the postseason this year.

"We know what we got in this locker room," Davis said. "We know what direction we want to go in and our identity to be."

The Pelicans are 7-6 this season.

Davis is pleased with his current situation with the Pelicans. Davis will make $7 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but is eligible for a maximum contract extension next summer that could be worth about $90 million over five years. If he is not signed to an extension prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, he will be a restricted free agent in July 2016.

"I love it here in New Orleans," Davis said. "Great city. Great atmosphere. …We're getting the fans back and New Orleans back buzzing for the Pelicans, a great organization. I love my team here.

"We're definitely moving in the right direction. I don't know what the future holds, but right now I'm definitely loving the team and the organization."

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