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Dante Cunningham Agrees To Three-Year, $9M Deal With Pelicans

Jul 4, 2015 3:14 PM

Free agent forward Dante Cunningham has agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, a league source told RealGM.

Cunningham, 28, will hold a player option on the third season.

After signing two months into the NBA season, Cunningham averaged 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 66 games for the Pelicans.

Cunningham has scored six points per game while averaging 3.8 rebounds in six NBA seasons. The active 6-foot-8 product has played for Portland, Charlotte, Memphis, Minnesota and New Orleans.

ESPN first reported that the Pelicans and Cunningham had come to terms.

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Tags: Dante Cunningham, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Omer Asik, Pelicans Agree Upon Five-Year, $60M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:50 PM

Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a new contract worth $60 million over five years.

Asik was acquired from the Houston Rockets last offseason in exchange for their 2015 first round pick.

The Pelicans have also expressed interest this offseason in Robin Lopez.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the final year is not guaranteed and that only $45 million of the total contract is guaranteed.

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Tags: Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Alexis Ajinca, Pelicans Agree Upon Four-Year, $20.2M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 1:59 PM

Alexis Ajinca has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans on a four-year, $20.2 million deal.

Ajinca gives the Pelicans depth at center.

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Rockets, Pelicans, Knicks Interested In Kendrick Perkins

Jul 1, 2015 12:17 PM

The Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks have interest in Kendrick Perkins.

Perkins finished last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but only played sparingly.

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Tags: Kendrick Perkins, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis Agrees To Five-Year, $145M Extension With Pelicans

Jul 1, 2015 12:02 AM

Anthony Davis has agreed upon a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Davis was a First-Team All-NBA selection in just his third season. Davis will presumably be eligible for the Derrick Rose rule that allows for him to take 30 percent of the Pelicans' cap. Davis will need to be an All-NBA selection or voted onto the All-Star team as a start in 15-16.

Davis could have waited until 2016 to become a restricted free agent and then take the qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, but he instead gets complete financial security in 2015.

Davis and his agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, met with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry for a dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday night and reached an agreement after midnight ET.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Davis has a clause after Year 4 that allows him to become a free agent in 2020.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return

Jun 30, 2015 9:53 PM

Demetris Nichols — the Euroleague’s reigning leader in three-point shooting percentage — has had discussions with teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, about a potential NBA return, a league source told RealGM.

Nichols, who played two seasons in the NBA between 2007 and 2009, shot 57.5 percent from three-point range this past season with CSKA Moscow. For Nichols, there is an interest to attempt an NBA comeback from the Euroleague, and some dialogue on the other end. In CSKA's platoon rotations, Nichols scored 4.6 points in 13 minutes per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans have also inquired on Nichols, a source said.

Out of Syracuse, Nichols was the No. 53 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-6 guard has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA D-League and several overseas clubs.

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Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez

Jun 30, 2015 4:54 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are so far among the interested suitors for Portland Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

Beyond Portland, Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center’s first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

The Pelicans also are likely to have an interest in Golden State Warriors free agent Leandro Barbosa, whom Gentry’s long coached as an assistant, sources said.

The Blazers will assuredly pursue re-signing Lopez, too. The 27-year-old big man stabilized Portland’s center position over the past two seasons alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2014-15, and there is believed to be an interest for Lopez to play with Aldridge again next season.

Lopez has spent seven years in the NBA with Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland. He has averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career — including 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his lone season with the Pelicans.

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Blazers, Raptors, Pelicans

Jun 29, 2015 12:14 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu is scheduled to meet with several teams as he hits the open market.

Aminu is scheduled to visit the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Dallas Mavericks are also in the mix to re-sign Aminu.

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Report: 76ers Ordered To Send $3M To Pelicans For Not Disclosing Holiday's Injuries

Jun 28, 2015 10:26 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers were ordered to send the New Orleans Pelicans $3 million in compensation for not fully disclosing the injury history of Jrue Holiday, according to sources.

The 76ers traded Holiday on draft night of 2013 to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel.

The sources said Holiday played with stress fractures in his lower right leg during his final season with the Sixers. However, the sources said, those injuries weren't fully disclosed to the Pelicans.

Sam Hinkie declined to comment, but a Sixers team source disputed the allegation.

"That's not true," the Sixers source said.

According to the other two sources, the Sixers are now trying to receive a payment from the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly misinforming them about Andrew Bynum.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA CBA

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Mavericks Hire Melvin Hunt As Assistant Coach

Jun 20, 2015 6:18 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have hired Melvin Hunt as an assistant coach.

Hunt was also pursued by the New Orleans Pelicans after the Denver Nuggets decided to hire Mike Malone as head coach.

Hunt took over as the Nuggets' interim coach in early March after Brian Shaw's dismissal and coached Denver to a 10-13 record over its final 23 games, which prompted the likes of Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried to publicly campaign for him to keep the job full time.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Eric Gordon Exercises $15.5M Player Option With Pelicans
Eric Gordon was unlikely to match that annual amount on the open market.

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Eric Gordon Scours Market For Possible Deals Despite Expectation To Opt In
Eric Gordon has explored the NBA market for a potential long-term deal out of New Orleans, a league source told RealGM.

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Eric Gordon Leaning Toward Opting In For $15.5M In 15-16
Eric Gordon is looking to emerge in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo, high-scoring offense.

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Monty Williams Agrees To Join Thunder As Assistant Coach
The securement of Monty Williams stands as the first significant coup of Billy Donovan's regime.

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Pelicans Hoping To Hire Robert Pack
Robert Pack is unlikely to be retained with the Thunder under Scott Brooks.

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Raptors Recently Pursued Darren Erman
The Raptors wanted Darren Erman to become defensive coordinator under Dwane Casey.

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Pelicans Hire Darren Erman As Associate Head Coach
Darren Erman informed Celtics officials on Tuesday that he has accepted the job with the Pelicans.

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Gentry Showed Pelicans How Anthony Davis Was Being Underutilized
Alvin Gentry came into his initial interview with charts and graphs to express his point.

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Alvin Gentry Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Pelicans
Alvin Gentry replaces Monty Williams as head coach of the Pelicans.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Moving Closer To Deal With Scott Skiles
The Magic have entered into contract talks with Scott Skiles and expect to soon complete his hiring as head coach.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Discuss Head Coaching Job With Vinny Del Negro
Vinny Del Negro has reached the playoffs four times in his five seasons as a head coach.

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Scott Skiles Interviews With Pelicans
Scott Skiles remains the frontrunner for the Magic job, but he has also been interviewed by the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Bulls, Pelicans Emerge With Interest In Royce White
Royce White has worked out in Minneapolis this season, and recently had a workout with the Clippers, a source told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Jeff Van Gundy Formally Interviews With Pelicans
Jeff Van Gundy and Pelicans' officials met in the Bay Area to discuss the opening.

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Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Pelicans' Job
The Pelicans are considering Jeff Van Gundy for the position.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Alvin Gentry Wants Pelicans' Head Coaching Job
Alvin Gentry interviewed with Mickey Loomis and Dell Demps and he believes the opportunity to coach Anthony Davis would be career defining.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans
Scott Brooks wants to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.

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John Calipari Interested In Pelicans' Job
John Calipari has denied having interest in leaving Kentucky for the Pelicans.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Jeff Van Gundy, Scott Brooks Receive Interest For Pelicans' Coaching Job
The Pelicans have been making calls on Jeff Van Gundy and have interest in Scott Brooks for their open head coaching position.

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Pelicans Granted Permission By Warriors To Interview Alvin Gentry
Alvin Gentry has been credited as playing a big role in the emergence of the Warriors' offense, described as blend of principles developed by Gregg Popovich and his own previously with the Phoenix Suns.

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