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Anthony Davis Remains Focused On Winning With Pelicans

Dec 11, 2018 2:27 PM

Anthony Davis remains convinced that the New Orleans Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

"For sure," said Davis. "We had everybody healthy the first four games, and we went 4-0. Then Elfrid [Payton] goes down, I've been out a couple games, Niko [Mirotic] ... a lot of guys have been out.

"Every time we've had a full roster, we've been a tough team to beat. But we still have to find a way to win. Injuries are part of the game, you can't control them. That's why we have 12 guys on the roster.

"You just need five guys to play. As long as you have that, you have a chance to win."

Davis will become eligible for a supermax extension this summer and that will be a barometer for his future.

The Boston Celtics will be one of the teams interested in trading for Davis if he becomes available. Davis was asked if he heard the local fans cheering for him during Monday's game.

"I heard it tonight," Davis said. "But I'm just focused on this team. I'm trying to do whatever I can to help this team get wins with the roster we have. It's been a rocky season, so it's on me to try to figure it out.

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Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Trading For J.R. Smith

Dec 8, 2018 4:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have received interest from the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans in J.R. Smith.

Both teams need depth on the wing.

With Smith's salary for 19-20 guaranteed for only $3.9 million next season, it has some level of value as a trade chip.

Smith last played on Nov. 14th.

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Andrew Harrison To Sign Two-Way Deal With Pelicans

Dec 4, 2018 8:42 PM

Andrew Harrison will sign a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harrison was recently waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 19, 2018 5:17 PM

Anthony Davis and Nikola Vucevic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games ending Nov. 18.

Davis led the Pelicans to a 3-1 week behind averages of 34.3 points (ranked 2nd in the NBA), 14.0 rebounds (4th in the NBA) and 2.0 blocks (T-5th in the NBA). Davis helped lead the Pelicans to a win at Toronto – handing the Raptors just their second loss of the season, and their first loss at home, behind 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds – a 19-point comeback victory against New York on Nov. 16, registering a season-high 43 points to go with 17 rebounds and five assists, and capped off the week with 40 points, eight rebounds and a career-high-tying eight assists, while shooting 20-of-21 at the free throw line, Nov. 17 vs. Denver. Davis finished the week as one of just five players (at least 50 field goal attempts) to shoot at least .500 from the floor, .400 from three-point range and .850 from the free throw line.

During four games last week, Vucevic averaged 27.8 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 1.25 stlpg., while shooting .581 (43-74) from the floor and .471 (8-17) from three-point range. He led Orlando to a 3-1 record with wins over Philadelphia, the L.A. Lakers and New York. Vučević tallied three double-doubles and scored 28-or-more points in three consecutive games, becoming the first Magic player since Dwight Howard accomplished the feat Mar. 1-5, 2012.

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony

Nov 14, 2018 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Houston Rockets and a number of teams have emerged as potential destinations should he either be traded, waived and claimed, or signed as a free agent.

“I heard three teams I think it can be for Melo, and this could change—I mean, he’s still with Houston—New Orleans, Portland and the L.A. Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard,” said Kevin O'Connor.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated previously reported that the Lakers "are done" making any free agent signings in the short-term. Spears reported that the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could also be interested in Anthony.

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Pelicans Held Extensive Trade Talks With Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Nov 12, 2018 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves held extensive trade discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans centered on Jimmy Butler over the past week.

The Pelicans are desperate to add another star to their core with Anthony Davis.

But the Pelicans refused to include Jrue Holiday or any draft picks in their offer.

The Wolves ultimately traded Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

Nov 7, 2018 11:51 AM

Before Nikola Mirotic was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, he wasn't a particularly popular member of the organization.

The front office reportedly couldn't wait to trade Mirotic and some of his teammates weren't particularly bothered when he was punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

“I’ll say this about Niko: He was unbelievable throughout everything,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I loved the opportunity to coach Niko. What he did when he got back from the injury last year and helped us in that seven-game win streak, you know he was playing great basketball. I give him all the credit in the world and everyone involved with what happened last year. A lot of credit for not letting that affect the team.

“Niko was great. Fun guy to coach, and he was obviously skilled in a lot of different ways. I’m happy he’s having a lot of success in New Orleans.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Anthony Davis Interested In Playing With DeMarcus Cousins Again

Nov 1, 2018 6:23 PM

Anthony Davis has interest in playing with DeMarcus Cousins again in the future.

The New Orleans Pelicans chose not to aggressively attempt to re-sign Cousins in the offseason following his Achilles injury.

"He will be a free agent next year. Hopefully, down the line we can reconnect," Davis said.

Cousins is aware of Davis' interest in him re-signing with New Orleans, a source said.

"Of course, it was a s----- situation," Davis said. "But I felt like we had something going. I think if he would have played in the playoff series against the Warriors it would be different."

The Pelicans would essentially have to part with Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic to create cap space to sign Cousins in 2019.

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Anthony Davis Focused On Pelicans, Not 2021 Free Agency

Nov 1, 2018 6:18 PM

Anthony Davis was asked about his future with the Pelicans a few months away from potentially signing a supermax contract. Davis can become a free agent in 2021 if he doesn't sign an extension.

"I got two years to '20-'21. I'm here and whatever happens after that happens," Davis told ESPN's The Undefeated. "For me, right now it is about being the most dominant player in the league and helping this team win.

"You hear all the rumors. You hear all the talk. But it's not coming from me. I'm here to be a Pelican, help this team move forward and help this team win a championship."


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David Stern Critical Of Dell Demps While Reflecting On Vetoed Trade

Oct 25, 2018 4:43 PM

David Stern was critical of the general manager job Dell Demps has done with the New Orleans Pelicans while also defending his decision to veto a Chris Paul trade in 2011.

"There was a trade that Dell Demps wanted us to approve, and I said heck no, but he had told Daryl Morey and Mitch Kupchak he had authority to do it, and he didn't," Stern said. "I said no. We just settled a lockout, and you want me to approve a basketball trade?"

Stern did not waver in his decision despite intense criticism.

"[Demps] had agreed to [trade Paul to the Lakers for] Kevin Martin and Luis Scola or something, and I said we can do better than that," Stern said. "... And the next trade was [to the LA Clippers for] Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu and what we thought was a really great draft pick, the 10th pick, which turned out to be Austin Rivers. At least those three and someone else [center Chris Kaman].

"But Dell Demps is a lousy general manager, and none of those players are currently with the team anymore, and he may lose Anthony Davis," Stern said.

"I did it because I was protecting the then-Hornets," Stern said of the 2011 veto. "... To this day, everyone always asks me, 'Well why did you keep Chris Paul from going to the Lakers?' I didn't keep him. I didn't approve the trade. No team sells or trades a future Hall of Famer without the owner signing off, and I was the owner's rep.

"But I wasn't going to hand up Dell Demps."

The Pelicans released a statement supporting Demps and criticized Stern's comments.

"We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA Commissioner regarding the New Orleans Pelicans," the club said in a statement. "Our organization has the utmost confidence in our General Manager, Dell Demps. He is a part of our family, the NBA family. We are excited about the direction of our team, the 3-0 start to the season, building on the success of the 2017/18 playoffs. Finally, our organization is excited and proud to be part of the NBA with the progressive and innovative leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver."

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