Apr 14, 2014 12:13 PM EDT
The New Orleans Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.
Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
Stiemsma appeared in 55 games (20 starts) this season for the Pelicans and averaged 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 18.3 minutes per game. The three-year veteran holds career averages of 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game.
Apr 10, 2014 4:42 PM EDT
Eric Gordon will miss the remainder of the season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday.
Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.
Gordon averaged 15.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting in 64 games this season.
Apr 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
The New Orleans Pelicans will use an injury exemption to create roster space to sign James Southerland out of the NBA Development League, a league source told RealGM.
Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15. The Pelicans had received an exemption that allows the team to exceed 15 players on the roster, which has sustained significant injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.
The Pelicans announced Thursday that Anthony Davis (back) and Eric Gordon (knee) are out for the rest of the season.
Southerland made the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster out of training camp in October and appeared in one game before his release. The 6-foot-8 sharpshooter has averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.
ESPN first reported Southerland’s call up to New Orleans.
Apr 04, 2014 10:48 PM EDT
Eric Gordon will receive an examination on his left knee from his doctor in Los Angeles.
Gordon did not accompany the New Orleans Pelicans for their game against the Utah Jazz on Friday.
Gordon has missed eight consecutive games because of tendinitis in his left knee.
Monty Williams said the Pelicans had no plans to shut down Gordon for the remainder of the season. Gordon has averaged 15.4 points in 64 games this season.
Apr 03, 2014 9:36 PM EDT
Anthony Davis is day-to-day with back spasms.
Davis was forced out of the New Orleans Pelicans' game on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets after playing just 10 minutes.
Apr 01, 2014 2:01 PM EDT
Anthony Davis has had such a strong second and unique season in the NBA that comparisons to former players have almost entirely stopped.
“He’s his own player,” says Kevin Hanson, the Pelicans’ player development coach, who works closely with Davis. “He’s got some Dirk, some KG, and some Hakeem. I don’t think we’re even going to see what he really is for at least a couple of years.”
Davis ranks fourth in PER behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love. Davis also has more defensive potential than any player to enter the NBA since Dwight Howard.
Mar 25, 2014 2:41 PM EDT
Ryan Anderson will miss the remainder of the season due to a herniated cervical disc.
Anderson consulted with a team of physicians and determined surgery was the best option.
Anderson will undergo surgery on April 8.
In 22 games this season, Anderson averaged 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 36.1 minutes per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mar 25, 2014 2:17 PM EDT
Eric Gordon has missed two straight games, but he is confident there is nothing serious or structurally wrong with his left knee.
"It's feeling better," he said. "I just had a little episode during the game. I had a little knee tendinitis but nothing very serious. It's getting a little bit better and I'll start ramping things up."
Gordon had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2013, but he hasn't any issues with his left knee before the Hawks game.
"I never have (had problems with the left knee)," Gordon said. "But I'll be fine. It's just a little flare up."
Mar 25, 2014 2:15 PM EDT
Tyreke Evans has become the second best player on the New Orleans Pelicans since being inserted into the starting lineup on Feb. 28.
Evans scored a season-high 33 points on Monday, just two off his career high, and had 10 rebounds and seven assists, helping the Pelicans win for the fourth time in their last five games.
"Tyreke has the ability to play at a high level every single night and that's my biggest thing for him," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Every possession counts. I am going to continue to demand that from him because I think he has abilities that not a lot of people have."
Evans is averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 11 starts.
Evans also seems to be meshing well with Anthony Davis.
"We just communicate on the floor," Evans said. "We have a good relationship. We just push each other to try and be the best we can be on the court. We've been doing good with that so far."
Mar 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT
Anthony Davis has had such an outstanding second season in the NBA that some people believe he is already the third-best player in the NBA behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Davis was asked if he's given any thought to that possibility.
"Nah, you can’t think about that," said Davis. "Maybe down the road, but right now I just have to get better. It’s about winning, doing the job, helping my team get better."
Davis ranks fourth in the NBA in PER.
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