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Anthony Davis Would Rather Win Gold Than MVP In 2016

Aug 25, 2015 6:52 PM

Anthony Davis would prefer to win a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics over the NBA's regular season Most Valuable Player award for the 15-16 season.

Davis won a gold medal in 2012 before he played in a single NBA game.

I"’d say gold medal only because it comes every four years and you don’t know if you’ll play again," said Davis when asked his preference by Chris Palmer. "You can get a chance to win an MVP every year. I experience the gold the first time and there was nothing like it."

Davis finished fifth in voting last season behind Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

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Jeff Adrien Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Aug 24, 2015 10:36 PM

Jeff Adrien and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal to play for the veteran's minimum.

Adrien averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 17 games last season.

The Pelicans have been courting him throughout free agency, but the Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers also showed interest.

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Jason Terry Agrees To Re-Sign With Rockets On $1.5M Deal

Aug 18, 2015 10:06 PM

Jason Terry has agreed to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, league sources tell RealGM.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz also had strong dialogue to sign Terry with his agent, Byron Irvin. Ultimately, the opportunity to win and cohesive recruitment from Rockets players and coaches pushed Terry to return. Terry has played an immense role in the Rockets' locker room, becoming an integral role player in the 2015 postseason alongside James Harden in the backcourt.

Terry averaged 21.3 minutes per game in 77 appearances last season with the Rockets and started all 17 playoff games. The Rockets acquired Terry during the 2014 offseason from the Sacramento Kings.

Terry turns 38 in September and is entering his 17th NBA season.

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Bryce Dejean-Jones Signing Multi-Year Deal With Pelicans

Aug 14, 2015 4:02 PM

Undrafted free-agent guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has reached agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on a multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Dejean-Jones went unselected in June’s NBA draft out of Iowa State, where he averaged 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games as a senior. The 22-year-old had standout runs at Iowa State and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned a degree from UNLV.

In six summer league games for the Pelicans in Las Vegas, Dejean-Jones had averages of 12.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He scored 26 and 25 points in separate performances for New Orleans. An active and scoring wing at 6-foot-6, Dejean-Jones was one of the most efficient players across summer league — shooting 61.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent at the free throw line.

Despite off-court transgressions at Iowa State and UNLV, Dejean-Jones cultivated his energies to prove his change and lessons learned in past issues.

“Life is a learning experience full of ups and downs that we can learn and grow from and get better,” Dejean-Jones said in April. "Or we can let them defeat us. I played for great coaches, some very talented teams and top notch universities.  Along the way, there were challenges and I made some mistakes. I own up to them. They’re stepping stones to help me grow and mature.”

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Toney Douglas Waived By Pelicans

Jul 31, 2015 7:41 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Toney Douglas.

Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in 12 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Originally signed by the Pelicans on February 4, Douglas was waived on February 19 before subsequently re-signing with the team for the remainder of the season on March 24.

Drafted 29th overall out of Florida State in 2009 by the Los Angeles Lakers, Douglas has appeared in 309 career NBA games with New York, Houston, Sacramento, Golden State, Miami and New Orleans, averaging 7.6 points and 2.2 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

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Kendrick Perkins, Pelicans Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jul 21, 2015 7:47 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans and Kendrick Perkins are finalizing a contract likely for one season at the veteran's minimum.

Perkins spent the final months of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after he was waived by the Utah Jazz.

Anthony Davis typically prefers to play power forward, which could create minutes at center for Perkins.

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Alonzo Gee Agrees To Two-Year, $2.75M Deal With Pelicans

Jul 10, 2015 11:15 AM

Alonzo Gee has agreed upon a two-year, $2.75 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Gee spent last season with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.

Gee has a career PER of 11.3 across over 7,000 career NBA minutes.

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Luke Babbitt Agrees To $2.5M Deal With Pelicans

Jul 10, 2015 12:32 AM

Luke Babbitt has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans on a $2.5 million deal.

Babbitt had an 11.1 PER in 13.2 minutes per game last season with the Pelicans.

Babbitt joined New Orleans in 2013.

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Anthony Davis Signs NBA's Richest Contract In NBA History

Jul 9, 2015 1:05 AM

Anthony Davis officially signed his new contract with the New Orleans Pelicans as soon as the moratorium was lifted.

Davis signed the deal in Hong Kong.

"Words cannot describe the excitement of the New Orleans Pelicans to have Anthony Davis as the cornerstone of our organization," said Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. "Anthony is a great person, a phenomenal player and the ideal representative of his family, the Pelicans and the New Orleans community.

"We are thrilled to have Anthony commit to the Pelicans as we continue to build our team to have sustained success."

The exact figures of the deal will be determined once Davis is either voted onto the All-Star team as a starter or is an All-NBA selection, as well as when the official cap number for 16-17 is set. Either way, it will be the richest contract in NBA history.

"I am very excited to continue to play for the Pelicans and remain a proud resident of the City of New Orleans," stated Davis. "I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dell Demps, Coach Gentry, the entire Pelicans' organization, my agent Thad Foucher, my family and, of course, all of the incredible fans for their unwavering support. I look forward to many great years together."

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Pelicans Want Anthony Davis To Make 300 Corner 3's Per Day

Jul 8, 2015 10:13 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans want Anthony Davis to work steadily on his three-point shooting this offseason.

"That's got to become a consistent shot for him," Gentry said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I don't think he's going to have any problem doing it. If you go back and look at his high school days, he was a very good 3-point shooter, but all of a sudden, he decided to grow 6 or 8 inches. He still has that range, but I don't think it has been incorporated in the offense in college or the pros that he's been in."

Davis attempted only 12 three-pointers this past season.

"We want him to shoot that shot," Gentry said. "So I think you'll probably see him make more 3s than he's made his entire career."

The Pelicans plan on running their offense through Davis as much as possible.

Gentry wants Davis to make 150 three-pointers from each corner everyday.

 

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Dante Cunningham Agrees To Three-Year, $9M Deal With Pelicans
Dante Cunningham has agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal to re-sign with the Pelicans, a league source told RealGM.

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Omer Asik, Pelicans Agree Upon Five-Year, $60M Deal
Omer Asik was acquired from the Rockets last offseason in exchange for their 2015 first round pick.

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Alexis Ajinca, Pelicans Agree Upon Four-Year, $20.2M Deal
Alexis Ajinca gives the Pelicans depth at center.

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Rockets, Pelicans, Knicks Interested In Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins finished last season with the Cavaliers, but only played sparingly.

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Anthony Davis Agrees To Five-Year, $145M Extension With Pelicans
Anthony Davis will not hit the open market in 2016 or 2017 as he's pledged his future to the Pelicans.

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Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return
The Timberwolves and Pelicans have also inquired on Demetris Nichols, a source said.

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Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez
The Pelicans, Bucks and Knicks are so far among the strongest suitors for Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Blazers, Raptors, Pelicans
The Mavericks are also in the mix to re-sign Al-Farouq Aminu.

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Report: 76ers Ordered To Send $3M To Pelicans For Not Disclosing Holiday's Injuries
The sources said Jrue Holiday played with stress fractures in his lower right leg during his final season with the Sixers.

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Mavericks Hire Melvin Hunt As Assistant Coach
Melvin Hunt was also pursued by the Pelicans after the Nuggets decided to hire Mike Malone as head coach.

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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.

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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.

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