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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract

Mar 20, 2017 1:34 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Quinn Cook to a 10-day contract.

Cook (6-2, 179, Duke) has appeared in 39 games this season (38 starts) while averaging 26.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 38.6 minutes per contest and was named the MVP of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in February. Cook also appeared in five games this season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 5.4 points and 2.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

He is the second-leading scorer in the D-League, third in minutes per game and seventh in assists per game. Quinn scored a franchise record 49 points with 11 assists and three steals in a win over Texas on December 7th. Cook was a member of New Orleans’ 2016 training camp roster, appearing in three preseason games for the Pelicans, averaging 8.3 points and 2.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.

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Wolves To Sign Omri Casspi

Mar 20, 2017 1:31 AM

Omri Casspi has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

Casspi was acquired by New Orleans from Sacramento as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade and had been earmarked for a significant role by the Pelicans, only to suffer a broken right thumb in his first game with his new team.

But Casspi returned from the injury ahead of schedule.

Tom Thibodeau met with Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans in advance of the Wolves' road game Sunday night against the Pelicans.

The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers also had interest in Casspi.

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Alvin Gentry Could Be Fired If Pelicans Don't Show Progresss

Mar 17, 2017 11:35 AM

The future of Alvin Gentry as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans is in danger. Gentry has been told by management they expect the Pelicans to show signs of progress over the final few weeks of the season.

The Sporting News also reports the Pelicans haven't made a definite decision on Dell Demps' job despite his trade for DeMarcus Cousins.

Both Demps and Gentry will be evaluated when the season ends.

Since acquiring Cousins, the Pelicans have fared 4-7.

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Rockets Staying In Baton Rouge Due To High Hotel Prices In New Orleans

Mar 16, 2017 4:06 PM

The Houston Rockets are staying in Baton Rouge ahead of their game on Friday at the New Orleans Pelicans due to the exorbitant prices of hotels in the Big Easy.

The Rockets played at home on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers and then traveled to New Orleans.

The Rockets will hold shootaround in Baton Rouge and then bus to New Orleans on the day of the game. The 82 mile trip will take approximately one hour and 40 minutes.

NBA teams typically stay at five-star hotels while traveling on the road.

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Jordan Crawford Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Mar 16, 2017 4:01 PM

Jordan Crawford has agreed upon a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Crawford's first 10-day contract with the Pelicans expired on Thursday.

Crawford will receive a guaranteed salary for the remainder of this season and a guarantee date for 17-18.

Crawford has averaged 14.2 points and 3.2 assists in five games with New Orleans.

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Pelicans To Sign Jordan Crawford To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 16, 2017 11:37 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Jordan Crawford to a second 10-day contract.

Crawford averaged 14.2 points per game on 51 percent shooting over five games on his first 10-day contract.

Crawford averaged 23.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 29.8 minutes per game this season with the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

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Pelicans Won't Sign Hollis Thompson For Remainder Of Season

Mar 15, 2017 12:41 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will not sign Hollis Thompson to a deal for the remainder of the season.

Thompson's second 10-day contract with the Pelicans is expiring. Thompson averaged 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 21.3 minutes over nine games with the Pelicans.

Thompson was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season.

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Omri Casspi Cleared To Return, Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Clippers

Mar 14, 2017 11:33 AM

Omri Casspi is drawing interest from multiple playoff teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers.

Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury.

Casspi fractured in his thumb in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans following his trade from the Sacramento Kings.

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Pelicans Committed To New Orleans Despite Struggles

Mar 12, 2017 5:48 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are in the midst of an arena lease agreement with the state until 2024 and have shown no desire to break the contract.

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. 

“You will never hear us say, ‘If we don’t get to 10,000 season tickets, the team is moving,’ ” Pelicans team president Dennis Lauscha said. “You’ll never hear that from us.”

Tom Benson has owned the New Orleans Saints since 1985 and bought the Pelicans in 2012 from the NBA. There is a perception that Benson favors the Saints and part of that thought stems from the fact that Mickey Loomis is involved in basketball operations.

“Mickey has an extremely important role in our building, being that we own an NBA and NFL team; it is very unique,” Pelicans senior vice president of communications Greg Bensel said. “He is our primary football executive. All decisions made on the football side day to day run through him. He leaves the day-to-day operations of the basketball team to Dell; however, Mickey ensures that both teams have all the resources they need to be successful. He is the conduit to Mr. Benson to make that happen on both teams, someone that Mr. Benson trusts implicitly to make those decisions.”

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Omri Casspi Receiving Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams

Mar 10, 2017 5:17 PM

Omri Casspi is approximately one week away from receiving his clearance to return from his broken thumb. Casspi is ahead of schedule in healing from the injury.

Casspi suffered the injury in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Casspi is receiving interest from multiple playoff teams.

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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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Knicks Interested In Jrue Holiday In Free Agency
Phil Jackson has targeted Jrue Holiday in the past via trade.

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Vlade Divac: We Were Stuck With Boogie Situation, It Was Time To Start Over
Vlade Divac elaborated on the Kings' decision to trade away DeMarcus Cousins last week to the Pelicans.

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Pelicans Waive Omri Casspi, Sign Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams was previously with the Pelicans this season, appearing in five games.

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Ranadive Texted Cousins For Input On Kings Trading For Player Before ASG Weekend
DeMarcus Cousins was told a week before he was traded by the Kings to the Pelicans that he wouldn't be dealt.

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Jarrett Jack Signs 10-Day Deal With Pelicans
Jarrett Jack has agreed upon a 10-day contract with the Pelicans.

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Pelicans To Waive Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones is on a veteran's minimum contract after he had a tepid free agent market last offseason.

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Pelicans To Sign Hollis Thompson To 10-Day Contract
Hollis Thompson was one of a number of free agents to work out for the Pelicans this week, including Mario Chalmers and Quinn Cook.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Tried To Recruit Each Other
DeMarcus Cousins is looking forward to partnering with Anthony Davis, calling the combo 'fire & ice'.

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Kings Left Some Teams Wishing They Had Chance To Bid For DeMarcus Cousins
The Kings perhaps prematurely found a deal for DeMarcus Cousins with the Pelicans before they could allow his market to materialize.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sacramento: Thanks For Dealing With This Knucklehead
DeMarcus Cousins never wanted to leave the Kings and figures to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sacramento.

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Pelicans Removed Extra First In Offer For DeMarcus Cousins, Fearful Of Him Leaving
Dell Demps only needed to trade one first round pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

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