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Pelicans Close To Hiring Chris Finch As Assistant Coach

May 19, 2017 3:53 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are close to hiring Chris Finch as an assistant coach.

Finch had a large impact on the Denver Nuggets' improvement on offense. Finch previously worked for the Houston Rockets for five seasons.

The Pelicans hope Finch will help improve the way the team plays on offense with DeMarcus Cousins.

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Pelicans Retain Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps For 17-18

May 15, 2017 12:59 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans will retain Alvin Gentry as head coach and Dell Demps as general manager for the 17-18 season.

Both Gentry and Demps were already under contract for next season and have been given clarity on their job status.

Demps replaced Jeff Bower as general manager in July of 2010.

Demps' trade for DeMarcus Cousins in February played a significant role in him keeping his job. Cousins' arrival also helped Gentry retain his job. Gentry has developed a strong relationship with Cousins.

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Pelicans In No Rush To Make Decision On Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry

May 2, 2017 5:05 PM

There has not been a public announcement by the New Orleans Pelicans on the future of Dell Demps and Alvin Gentry about their positions next season.

Both Demps and Gentry are going about their normal business despite the lack of clarity about their futures.

Gentry, Demps and various league sources have all said it’s a “day-to-day” situation, indicating there’s no pressure from the calendar to choose when the team will make a firm decision.

Demps replaced Jeff Bower as general manager on July 20th, 2010.

The Pelicans’ decision rests in the hands of senior vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis and owner Tom Benson.

Demps successfully traded for DeMarcus Cousins in February.

"I walk in here every day excited about my job,” Demps said on April 14. “I don’t ever feel the pressure or anything like that.

“Right now, we’re in evaluation mode. We’re going to sit back and meet with Alvin. We’re going to sit back and go over the whole season. I think we’ve had a lot of challenges this year. But I do like the direction and path that we’re headed (on).”

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans

Apr 29, 2017 12:05 PM

Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Cunningham's player option for 17-18 was worth $3.1 million.

Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25.0 minutes over 66 games this season with the Pelicans.

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Pelicans To Sign Axel Toupane

Apr 8, 2017 12:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Axel Toupane from Raptors 905 of the D-League.

Toupane previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks this season and appeared in 21 games during the 15-16 season with the Denver Nuggets.

Toupane was averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season in the D-League.

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Pelicans To Sign Quinn Cook To Two-Year Deal

Apr 8, 2017 10:18 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Quinn Cook to a two-year deal.

Cook has been on two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans.

Cook has averaged 2.7 points in 6.1 minutes over six games with the Pelicans.

Cook also played for the Dallas Mavericks this season after going undrafted out of Duke.

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Pelicans Optimistic About Davis-Cousins Pairing After Late Season Surge

Apr 5, 2017 9:54 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are tied for fifth in the NBA in net rating since March 1st as they've worked in DeMarcus Cousins.

The question for the Pelicans is no longer getting Anthony Davis another star player.

“I look at AD and the way he’s played -- he’s played like a top-five player the whole season,” Alvin Gentry said. “And not only that, he’s done it for over 70 games. That’s a real positive in itself, right there.

“And you can see he and DeMarcus are going to be fine together. You put them in a training camp and you’re able to really hone in on what you want to do and how they can play together. They can be very, very effective. I think we have a chance to move forward.”

The Pelicans have been eliminated from the playoffs but they're ending the season with optimism. 

“This past two-and-a-half, three weeks, we’ve really been jelling well together, figuring out how we want to play,” Davis said. “We definitely got something out of it, and now we have four games left to continue to build on it.”

The Pelicans have a plus-2.8 net rating when Cousins and Davis share the court in their almost 400 minutes together, and that number jumps to plus-5.2 since March 1 and plus-12.8 over their past 10 games.

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Jrue Holiday Has Enjoyed Fit With Pelicans Since Trade For Cousins

Apr 4, 2017 10:39 PM

Jrue Holiday will be a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

"I haven't thought about it, not even a little bit," said Holiday about his free agent plans.

Holiday was asked if he's optimistic about the future of the New Orleans Pelicans and their future.

"Yeah, I think so. It's been fun to play," Holiday said when asked if he fits into the Pelicans' new offense. "Obviously, we've been winning more frequently, put some streaks together. It's been really good. Obviously, we added a big piece and we want to win more frequently, or whatever, but it's been fun."

The Pelicans can offer Holiday a five-year contract.


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DeMarcus Cousins Trying Not To Make First Game Against Kings Personal

Mar 30, 2017 8:42 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to reporters on the eve of his first game against the Sacramento Kings. Cousins spent the first 6.5 years of his career with the Kings.

"It's just another chance to come out, play hard and try to get a win," Cousins said.

Cousins was traded on the night of the All-Star Game.

"I enjoyed my time there," Cousins said. "I developed a lot of relationships. It'll be good to see the guys again. I haven't seen them since before the (All-Star) break. It'll be a good chance to see those guys and laugh a little bit.

"But seriously, it's another chance for us to come out and get better. That's how I'm approaching the game."

The Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 games.

"I'm not trying to make it personal or anything like that," Cousins said. "I was joking when I said it but I'm really serious, my only focus is to go in and get a win. This is just another opportunity for us to go in and get better...To come in and try to make it about me, that would be a selfish move on my end."

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Pelicans Rule Out Omer Asik, Quincy Pondexter For Remainder Of Season

Mar 30, 2017 4:11 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans announced that Omer Asik and forward Quincy Pondexter will miss the remainder of the season.

Asik, who was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal infection, is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-4 weeks.

Pondexter underwent left knee arthroscopic surgery on January 4, 2017. Further updates on his rehab progress will be announced appropriately.

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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Quinn Cook has appeared in three games with the Pelicans, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 assists in 2.7 minutes per game.

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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract
Quinn Cook has appeared in 39 games this D-League while averaging 26.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 38.6 minutes.

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Wolves To Sign Omri Casspi
Tom Thibodeau met with Omri Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans.

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Alvin Gentry Could Be Fired If Pelicans Don't Show Progresss
Both Dell Demps and Alvin Gentry will be evaluated when the season ends.

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Rockets Staying In Baton Rouge Due To High Hotel Prices In New Orleans
The Rockets will hold shootaround in Baton Rouge and then bus nearly two hours to New Orleans on the day of the game.

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Jordan Crawford Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans
Jordan Crawford will receive a guaranteed salary for the remainder of this season and a guarantee date for 17-18.

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Pelicans To Sign Jordan Crawford To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jordan Crawford averaged 14.2 points per game on 51 percent shooting over five games on his first 10-day contract.

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Pelicans Won't Sign Hollis Thompson For Remainder Of Season
Hollis Thompson averaged 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 21.3 minutes over nine games with the Pelicans.

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Omri Casspi Cleared To Return, Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Clippers
Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury.

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Pelicans Committed To New Orleans Despite Struggles
Despite losing seasons in four of the past five years, the Pelicans said they sold more than 11,000 season-ticket accounts for the 2016-17 season.

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Omri Casspi Receiving Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams
Omri Casspi is ahead of schedule in healing from his broken thumb.

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DeMarcus Cousins Fined $50,000 For Multiple Incidents With Fans
DeMarcus Cousins has received a $50,000 fine by the NBA for directing inappropriate language towards fans in separate incidents.

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Lakers Were Scrambling To Communicate Internally When Kings Traded Cousins
Kings' ownership had given approval for a DeMarcus Cousins' trade involving Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram.

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Pelicans To Sign Wayne Selden To 10-Day Contract
Wayne Selden has averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.1 minutes per game this season in the D-League with Iowa.

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Jordan Crawford To Sign 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
The Pelicans have had depth issues on the wing.

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Pelicans Sign Hollis Thompson To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Hollis Thompson is averaging 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

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Jarrett Jack Out 4-6 Weeks With Lateral Meniscus Tear
Jarrett Jack was signed to a 10-day contract by New Orleans on February 24, and has appeared in two games

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Jrue Holiday, Justin Holiday Interested In Playing For Same Team
The Knicks figure to have approximately $25 million in cap space.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
Cheick Diallo most recently appeared in seven contests for the Swarm, averaging 16.3 points on .500 shooting from the floor, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game.

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Terrence Jones Agrees To Sign With Bucks For Remainder Of Season
Terrence Jones was on a one-year, make good contract with the Pelicans.

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