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Anthony Davis: Pelicans Have The Tools Right Now To Be Successful

Jul 25, 2017 10:11 PM

Anthony Davis is "tired of losing" and believes the New Orleans Pelicans finally have a roster to turn things around.

"We can't wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West," Davis said.

"We're doing everything, whether it's signing players, trading players ... whatever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a winning organization," he added. "We have the tools right now to be successful. ... Right now, I think we look good on paper. So we've just got to figure it out."

The Pelicans made the playoffs in 2015 as the No. 8 seed and have missed it each of the past two seasons.

In the past six months, the Pelicans have traded for DeMarcus Cousins, re-signed Jrue Holiday and signed Rajon Rondo.

"When I first heard about Rondo, I thought it was a good situation for us," Davis said. "He knows when to get guys involved, when to make that pass."

Davis said he's supposed to meet with new assistant coach Chris Finch soon to start discussing the offensive scheme he envisions when New Orleans' top two frontcourt stars are playing together. Finch worked with Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic with the Nuggets.

Davis said the Pelicans want to emulate "how they ran their offensive package with those two bigs who are very skilled."

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Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Axel Toupane

Jul 25, 2017 12:32 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Quinn Cook and guard/forward Axel Toupane.

Cook, 6-2, 184, who was signed on March 19 after spending the 2016 training camp with the Pelicans, appeared in nine games last season with New Orleans, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 assists in 12.3 minutes per game.

Toupane, 6-7, 210, was originally signed by New Orleans on April 10, appearing in two games at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season for the Pelicans, averaging 5.5 points in 20.5 minutes.

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Darius Miller, Pelicans Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 24, 2017 2:47 PM

Darius Miller has agreed upon a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans will have a team option for the second-year of the deal with Miller.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Working Out Together

Jul 24, 2017 2:26 PM

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are working out together this offseason in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The New Orleans Pelicans traded for Cousins after the All-Star Game. Cousins will be a free agent in 2018.

“We’ve just tried to get in as much work as possible this summer,” Davis said from L.A. “We didn’t have that much time last season to work out with each other, because we didn’t have training camp or (many practices). So we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, where we had time in the summer in the same city and can get in some work together, because we’ll be playing with each other a lot.

“It’s about trying to get used to each other. Of course we knew what each other can do from when we matched up against each other when he was in Sacramento, but it’s different now, learning where he likes to be and where I can get my shots from, or where he can get his shots. We didn’t want to waste training camp trying to figure that out. We’re going to both use this to be ready and try to improve the team.”

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Pelicans Plan On Starting Rajon Rondo At PG, Jrue Holiday At SG

Jul 18, 2017 11:45 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans plan on starting Rajon Rondo at point guard with Jrue Holiday at shooting guard.

The Pelicans are thin on the wing, which necessitates starting two traditional point guards.

Holiday has enough size and shooting to adequately play shooting guard.

Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans spoke to Holiday at length about this decision.

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Rajon Rondo Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jul 15, 2017 12:24 PM

Rajon Rondo has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Rondo met with the Pelicans on Thursday and again Saturday in Atlanta before committing to a contract.

The Pelicans envision Rondo has a potential starting or reserve point guard beside Jrue Holiday. Rondo has a strong relationship with DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Erman. 

Rondo played for the Chicago Bulls last season and had an up and down season. 

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Rajon Rondo, Pelicans Discuss One-Year Deal

Jul 13, 2017 1:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans and Rajon Rondo are holding discussions on a one-year deal.

The Pelicans envision a scenario where Rondo and Jrue Holiday can play together in their backcourt.

Rondo previously was teammates with DeMarcus Cousins with the Sacramento Kings.

Rondo has previously held talks this offseason with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

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Pelicans, Pistons Discuss Reggie Jackson Trade

Jul 11, 2017 6:57 PM

The Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a trade of Reggie Jackson for E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.

The Pistons have shopped Jackson since the middle of last season.

Jackson signed a five-year, $80 million contract in 2015.

The Pelicans signed Moore to a four-year, $34 million contract in 2016 while Ajinca signed a four-year, $20.2 million deal in 2015.

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Pelicans Sign Frank Jackson

Jul 11, 2017 11:49 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed rookie guard Frank Jackson. 

Originally selected by Charlotte with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Duke University, Jackson was acquired by New Orleans in exchange for the draft rights to Dwayne Bacon (40th overall) and cash considerations. 

Jackson, 6-4, 202, spent one season at Duke where he finished tied for fourth on the Blue Devils in scoring (10.9 ppg) and second in three-point percentage (39.5). In 36 games, Jackson averaged 12.4 points over 16 starts during his freshman season.

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Frank Jackson To Sign Three-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jul 8, 2017 5:25 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Frank Jackson to a three-year deal.

Jackson was the 31rd overall pick in the draft.

Jackson will receive two guaranteed seasons and a three-year partial guarantee.

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Ty Lawson Receiving Interest From Wolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Kings
Ty Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per game over 69 games for the Kings.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Jrue Holiday Agrees Upon Five-Year, $126M Deal With Pelicans
Jrue Holiday also owns a player option in the fifth year.

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Jrue Holiday Expected To Sign Five-Year Deal With Pelicans
New Orleans lacks the cap space to replace Jrue Holiday as they enter a pivotal season with DeMarcus Cousins a year out from free agency.

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Jrue Holiday To Meet With Pelicans At Midnight On July 1st
The Pelicans would only have $13 million in cap space to replace Jrue Holiday if he chooses to sign elsewhere.

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Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent
Rajon Rondo will receive interest from the Pelicans and Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

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Wizards Acquire Tim Frazier From Pelicans For No. 52 Pick
The Pelicans have traded Tim Frazier to the Wizards for the No. 52 pick in the draft.

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Mavericks Interested In Signing Both Jrue Holiday, Justin Holiday
The Holiday brothers have strong interest in playing together.

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Pelicans Hire Chris Finch As Assistant Coach
Chris Finch served as an assistant coach with the Nuggets during the 16-17 season.

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Donatas Motiejunas Hires Octagon Sports As Agent
Donatas Motiejunas finished last season with the Pelicans.

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David Stern Thought Lakers Might Agree Upon New Chris Paul Trade After Veto
The Pelicans and Lakers agreed upon a three-way Chris Paul trade with the Rockets involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

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Pelicans Close To Hiring Chris Finch As Assistant Coach
Chris Finch had a large impact on the Nuggets' improvement on offense.

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Pelicans Retain Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps For 17-18
The Pelicans' trade for DeMarcus Cousins helped both Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps retain their jobs for next season.

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Pelicans In No Rush To Make Decision On Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry
The Pelicans' decision rests in the hands of senior vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis and owner Tom Benson.

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans
Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

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Pelicans To Sign Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane was with Raptors 905 of the D-League.

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Pelicans To Sign Quinn Cook To Two-Year Deal
Quinn Cook has averaged 2.7 points in 6.1 minutes over six games with the Pelicans.

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Pelicans Optimistic About Davis-Cousins Pairing After Late Season Surge
The Pelicans are plus-5.2 since March 1 and plus-12.8 over their past 10 games when Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins play together.

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Jrue Holiday Has Enjoyed Fit With Pelicans Since Trade For Cousins
Jrue Holiday will be a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

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DeMarcus Cousins Trying Not To Make First Game Against Kings Personal
DeMarcus Cousins was traded on the night of the All-Star Game.

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