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Pelicans Have No Interest In Trading Jrue Holiday

Apr 24, 2019 2:59 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have no interest in trading Jrue Holiday this offseason.

The Pelicans are expected to trade Anthony Davis, which has put the future of Holiday with the franchise in doubt as they're about to embark on a probable rebuild.

Holiday re-signed with the Pelicans in 2017 and won't be a free agent until after the 20-21 season.

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Tags: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans To Interview Clippers' Trent Redden For Senior Front-Office Role

Apr 18, 2019 10:11 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have received permission from the Los Angeles Clippers to interview assistant GM Trent Redden for a senior front-office role.

Redden and new Pelicans GM David Griffin previously worked together with the Cavs, winning a NBA title in 2016.

At his introductory press conference, Griffin said he wanted to hire talented executives over filling specific roles. 

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Jayson Tatum: Being Traded Is Part Of The Game, I'll Play For Whomever

Apr 17, 2019 6:03 PM

Jayson Tatum had a disappointing second regular season in the NBA in which shooting efficiency dropped. Tatum has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving Anthony Davis once the Boston Celtics can trade for him this offseason.

“Trade rumors don’t bother me,” Tatum said of trade rumors. “They’re talking about trading me for guys like Anthony Davis. So, I mean, I must be doing something pretty well.” When pressed on whether this bothered him, he didn’t budge: “I love the game of basketball. Being traded is part of the game. I’ll play for whomever. It’s something I can’t control.”

“Circumstances don’t affect him,” Brad Stevens said. “First game of the season, he’s unaffected by the jitters that everybody has. Seventh game of a playoff series? Unaffected. At least, he shows himself to be unaffected, and he can thrive in that environment.”

Tatum also revealed he has a poster of himself dunking on LeBron James in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I’ve got a big-ass picture of it in my house,” Tatum said.

The Celtics ultimately lost the game as the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to The Finals.

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Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Griffin Met With Rich Paul, Believes Anthony Davis Open To Remaining With Pelicans

Apr 17, 2019 3:19 PM

David Griffin publicly said he believes Anthony Davis is open to remaining with the New Orleans Pelicans.

"We have a long successful history with Klutch Sports," said Griffin. "Rich Paul and I have spoke about Anthony. We are both excited about what we could potentially build here."

Griffin is taking over the front office of the Pelicans following a trade request from Davis.

Griffin also said he would prefer to establish whether Davis is all-in or all-out on being with the Pelicans.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Likely To Hire Trent Redden As GM Under David Griffin

Apr 17, 2019 9:05 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will likely hire Trent Redden as general manager. Redden is currently assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Redden was David Griffin's chief aide with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pelicans hired Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

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Pelicans Bypassed Rob Pelinka To Deal With Magic Johnson During Anthony Davis Trade Talks

Apr 13, 2019 7:59 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans cut out Rob Pelinka and preferred to deal directly with Magic Johnson as they negotiated a deal for Anthony Davis around the trade deadline.

Alvin Gentry referred to the fallout from the Davis negotiations as the most toxic situation he's seen in 31 years, with Jeanie Buss describing rumors related to the trade as "fake news." 

With Johnson stepping down from the Lakers, Pelinka fired Luke Walton and is currently in charge of finding a new head coach.

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David Griffin Agrees To Become Pelicans' Executive VP Of Basketball Operations

Apr 12, 2019 4:43 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have hired David Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Griffin's first order of business will likely be a trade of Anthony Davis.

Griffin has been out of the NBA since he parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017. Griffin previously also worked for the Phoenix Suns.

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Anthony Davis Waiting For New Pelicans GM, Raises Possibility Of Returning To Team Next Season

Apr 10, 2019 8:54 PM

During a press conference to close out the season, Anthony Davis raised the possibility of returning to the New Orleans Pelicans next season.

"I'm under contract still. I have a year left. Obviously it's a possibility it could happen. I don't have ill will towards anybody. I know that it's a possibility that next year I could be here as well. So I can't be mad if I'm here next year," said Davis.

Davis added that he's waiting for the team to fill their vacant general manager position. 

"Seeing what happens. Seeing who the Pelicans make their GM and having a conversation with that person about the future. My time here has always been great. I love playing here. It's something that I will definitely hold in my heart forever, but the next step is waiting on the Pelicans [to fill] that GM job."

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Alvin Gentry: Anthony Davis Is Good Kid Who 'Got Some Bad Advice'

Apr 10, 2019 1:37 AM

Alvin Gentry reflected upon the turmoil surrounding the New Orleans Pelicans following their 112-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors in their season finale.

Gentry said he had never seen the level of toxicity that followed the Pelicans and Lakers after the non-trade for Anthony Davis.

"Not this toxic, no. Not that affected two teams. And two guys. One lost his job and the other one resigned from his job. So no, in 31 years I hadn't had anything that would equal this kind of fallout. No, I haven't," said Gentry.

Gentry added that Davis was a good person who received some bad advice, although he didn't specify from whom.

"I think he's a great kid. I think he's a very good kid. I think he's a solid guy. ... I think he got some bad advice. You know me to just tell the truth. I'll leave it at that. But there's nothing wrong with AD. He's a good solid guy with good character. That's the way I feel," added Gentry.

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Anthony Davis Wears 'That's All Folks' T-Shirts To Smoothie King Center

Apr 9, 2019 9:23 PM

Anthony Davis showed up to what will likely be his final game as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center wearing a "That's All Folks" t-shirt.

Davis' entrance wearing the Looney Tunes T-shirt was posted to the Pelicans' Instagram story and subsequently deleted.

Davis requested a trade from the Pelicans at the end of January.

"Interesting is not what I would use as a way of describing [the season]," Gentry said. "I'm not sure if there's an adjective out there that you could describe it with. It's been eventful, I'll say that. It's been a very eventful season and it's really unfortunate because the way we started the season, I thought we would play that way the entire season and then obviously injuries and other factors factored into it which changed the whole season but it's what it is. You have to just adjust and go on and I think that's what we did."

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Received Backchannel Information That Anthony Davis Likes Luke Walton
Some in Luke Walton's circles feared Rich Paul was trying to use the Anthony Davis situation to initiate a coaching change

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Anthony Davis Fined $15,000 For Flipping Off Fan
The incident occurred as Anthony Davis was exiting the court.

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David Griffin, Tommy Sheppard, Gersson Rosas Amongst Candidates For Pelicans' GM Job
David Griffin was among the candidates to interview on Thursday.

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Pelicans Receive Permission To Begin Interviewing GM Candidates
Danny Ferry is currently the interim GM of the Pelicans after the team fired Dell Demps.

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Lakers Never Made Offer To Julius Randle In Restricted Free Agecny
Julius Randle signed a two-year, $18 million contract with the Pelicans.

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Jrue Holiday Out For Season With Core Muscle Surgery
Jrue Holiday's expected timetable for return to basketball activities is approximately six weeks.

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Gayle Benson Says She Will Never Sell Pelicans, Ever
Gayle Benson says she values the Pelicans as much as the Saints.

Jeff Duncan/Times-Picayune

Pelicans Claim Christian Wood Off Waivers
Christian Wood was waived this week by the Bucks.

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Kobe Bryant Endorses Trading Young Lakers For Anthony Davis
The Lakers had included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in trade talks with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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Hawks 'Pretty Much Told' Chris Paul He'd Be Picked No. 2 At 2005 Draft
Chris Paul fell to No. 4 in the 2005 NBA Draft as the Hawks picked Marvin Williams Jr.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Alvin Gentry: Blazers 'Have More Weapons' Since Last Season's Playoffs
Lillard added that he worked on playing faster out of traps.

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Pelicans On Trading Anthony Davis To Lakers: 'They're Just Not Going To Do It'
Magic Johnson accused the Pelicans of not negotiating in good faith during their pursuit of Anthony Davis.

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Pelicans To Ramp Up GM Search Next Week With Interviews
The Pelicans have hired a search firm who is expected to provide a list of 5-10 recommended candidates next week.

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Lakers' Coaching Staff Wanted To Re-Sign Brook Lopez, Julius Randle
The Lakers pivoted to JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson on one-year deals.

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E'Twaun Moore Out 7-10 Days With Left Quad Contusion
E’Twaun Moore suffered a recurrent left quadriceps contusion on Wednesday.

RealGM Staff Report

Jrue Holiday Out 7-10 Days With Lower Abdominal Strain
An MRI on Jrue Holiday revealed the abdominal strain.

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Pelicans' Source Claims Media Leaks Came From Lakers
The Lakers have been sensitive to how reports of their pursuit of Anthony Davis hurt their team chemistry.

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Pelicans Had No Intention Of Trading Anthony Davis Before Trade Deadline
The Lakers made aggressive offers to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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Anthony Davis On Trade Request: 'As The CEO Of My Own Business, I've Got The Power'
Davis said he's at the stage in his career where he's going to do what he wants to do.

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Dairis Bertans Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Pelicans
Dairis Bertans is under contract with Olimpia Milano, but has an out-clause for the NBA.

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