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Pelicans Have Internally Discussed Offering DeMarcus Cousins Short-Term Deal

Apr 24, 2018 9:55 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have internally discussed offering DeMarcus Cousins a shorter team deal for less than the full max, according to sources.

The Pelicans could offer a two- or three-year deal as Cousins recovers from a torn Achilles.

There will only be a small handful of teams with max cap space this offseason and most won't want to pursue Cousins at a max level.

The Pelicans have leverage over Cousins due to this fact, as well as how well they've played without him.

New Orleans could work out a sign-and-trade with Cousins, though it is difficult to find a logical partner.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Pick Up 18-19 Option On Alvin Gentry

Apr 23, 2018 6:25 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have picked up their team option on the contract of Alvin Gentry for the 18-19 season.

The Pelicans are in their first playoffs since hiring Gentry in 2015.

New Orleans sweeped the Blazers in their first round series.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers

Apr 18, 2018 10:04 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, April 17.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Infographic

NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month

Apr 12, 2018 4:35 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in March and April.

James averaged an NBA-high 29.6 points to go with 9.5 assists (second in the East) and 9.4 rebounds (fifth in the East) in 22 games, earning Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for the fourth time this season.  He previously won the award for October/November, December and February.

The 15-year veteran forward recorded six triple-doubles during the extended month, raising his season total to a career-high 18.  He also shot 53.6 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range.  Behind James, the Cavaliers went 14-8 in March/April to reach 50 wins for the fourth consecutive season.  As the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2018 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland (50-32) will play host to the Indiana Pacers (48-34) in Game 1 of a first-round series on Sunday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Davis won the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month award for the second straight month.  He averaged 28.2 points (third in the NBA), 11.1 rebounds (seventh in the NBA), a league-leading 3.65 blocked shots and 1.85 steals (fourth in the West) in 20 games for the Pelicans, who went 13-7 when Davis played and 13-8 overall.

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Pelicans Sign Jordan Crawford

Apr 5, 2018 3:54 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to sign Jordan Crawford for the remainder of the season.

Crawford previously appeared in two games with the Pelicans, averaging 9.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

Crawford gives the Pelicans depth at point guard with Ian Clark out with an ankle injury.

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Alexis Ajinca Out 4-6 Months With Left Patellar Tendon Surgery

Mar 27, 2018 2:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Alexis Ajinca has undergone successful surgery on his left patellar tendon.

The typical timetable to return to play for this type of injury is 4-6 months.

Ajinca will be a free agent in 2019.

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Pelicans Sign Larry Drew II To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 27, 2018 11:14 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract. 

Drew, 6-2, 180, who was originally signed by the Pelicans to a 10-day contract on March 14, has appeared in five games with New Orleans, averaging 3.0 points and 1.2 assists per game.

New Orleans’ roster currently stands at 16, including one two-way player (Charles Cooke).

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Gayle Benson Would 'Never' Sell Pelicans, Saints

Mar 26, 2018 6:06 PM

Gayle Benson said she would "never" sell either the New Orleans Pelicans or New Orleans Saints.

Benson has taken over as the owner of both franchises following the death of Tom Benson on March 15th.

"I don't think there's any other choice," Benson said at the league's owners meetings. "I think that's the only thing that you could do is to keep his legacy alive. Where else would you go? I'm from New Orleans. My husband was from New Orleans. We're just like one big family over there."

Benson was asked if it's upsetting to read or hear reports of her possibly selling and/or moving the teams.

"It's disappointing to think that somebody would think I would mess up his legacy. But I guess everyone has their opinion.

"I would never sell it. No."

Larry Holder/Times Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Frank Jackson Out For Season After Foot Procedure

Mar 19, 2018 6:24 PM

Frank Jackson underwent successful scar tissue removal, debridement and injection to his right foot.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York following consultation with Pelicans Director of Medical Services/Head Team Physician Dr. Misty Suri.

Jackson will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season and a timetable for his return will be determined at a later date.

Jackson was the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Alvin Gentry Fined $15,000 By NBA For Comments Of Officiating
Alvin Gentry's comments came after Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

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Tom Benson Passes Away At Age 90
Tom Benson was one of only three owners of both an NFL and NBA franchise at the time of his death.

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Pelicans To Sign Larry Drew II To 10-Day Contract
Larry Drew II has most recently been playing for Sioux Falls of the G League.

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Anthony Davis Injures Ankle, Leaving 2nd Straight Game Early
Anthony Davis will undergo an MRI on his ankle.


Anthony Davis Confident DeMarcus Cousin Will Re-Sign With Pelicans
Anthony Davis plans on taking an active role in the Pelicans' pitch to DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein/New York Times

DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged a team-high 20.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds during four games last week.

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Pelicans Sign Walter Lemon Jr. To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Walter Lemon Jr. has played in three games with the Pelicans.

William Guillory/Times-Picayune

LeBron James, Anthony Davis Named Players Of The Month
Anthony Davis averaged 35.0 points (first in the NBA), 13.0 rebounds (third), 2.45 steals (second) and 2.18 blocked shots (second) in 11 games.

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Emeka Okafor Signs With Pelicans For Remainder Of Season
Emeka Okafor is averaging 3.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 16.1 minutes per game.

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Anthony Davis Reiterates Commitment To Pelicans
Anthony Davis said he believes the Pelicans are moving in the right direction.

Oleh Kosel/The Bird Writes

Anthony Davis Wonders If He's On Same Path As Other Stars Who Were Traded
Anthony Davis and the Pelicans were on track to easily be a playoff team before DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season.

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Pelicans Sign Walter Lemon Jr. To 10-Day Contract
Walter Lemon Jr. is averaging 22.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 37.0 minutes per game in the G League.

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Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas Ejected As Video Tribute Controversy Lingers
Rajon Rondo aggressively hounded Isaiah Thomas' every move.

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Pelicans Sign Emeka Okafor To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Emeka Okafor is averaging 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 14.3 minutes over three games with the Pelicans.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Pelicans Waive Mike James, Rashad Vaughn
Mike James was originally signed to a two-way contract by the Pelicans on January 14.

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Pelicans Trade Dante Cunningham To Nets For Rashad Vaughn
The Nets recently acquired Rashad Vaughn in a deal with the Bucks.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


DeAndre Liggins Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans
DeAndre Liggins will have a partial guarantee for 18-19.

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Emeka Okafor To Sign 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
Emeka Okafor hasn't played in the NBA since the 12-13 season due to injury.

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Bulls To Release Quincy Pondexter
Quincy Pondexter was acquired from the Pelicans earlier in the season.

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