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Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson

Nov 16, 2017 8:39 AM

The Denver Nuggets had a deal to trade Jameer Nelson to a projected lottery team for a protected second round, but ultimately decided to release him. By waiving Nelson, they allowed him to choose his destination.

"You can't make decisions with your heart only," Connelly says, without confirming any Nelson deal. "But these are good guys. To view them as just assets -- that's not something we ascribe to. Guys we've had here will speak highly of how we've treated them."

Michael Malone wanted to keep Nelson, who gave him reliable minutes at point guard.

"It was tough to see Jameer go," Malone says. "The players trusted him. I find value in veteran mentors. In our meetings, of course I brought up all the reasons it made sense to keep him. But you have to think big picture. It wasn't like I was kicking and screaming. By the end, we were all on board."

Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans when he cleared waivers.

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Pelicans Waive Josh Smith

Nov 10, 2017 2:56 PM

Josh Smith has been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Smith was signed on Oct. 28th by the Pelicans using the hardship exception.

Smith played in China last season.

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Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Oct 30, 2017 3:21 PM

Victor Oladipo and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 2 (Oct. 23-Oct.29).

Oladipo averaged 28.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists over three games last week. He shot 60.4 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range, and 95 percent from the free throw line while leading the Pacers to a 2-1 record.

Cousins averaged 36.3 points on .544 shooting from the floor, 16.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks.

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DeMarcus Cousins Scores 41 In 'Super Nervous' Return To Sacramento

Oct 27, 2017 8:59 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 41 points and 23 rebounds in his first game back in Sacramento as the New Orleans Pelicans had a 114-106 comeback win over the Kings.

Cousins was traded to the Pelicans in February by the Kings. Cousins was drafted by Sacramento in 2010.

"It was pretty emotional," Cousins said. "I was super nervous coming in. The anticipation was like through the roof. I really couldn't wait for the ball to go up and we could just actually get to the basketball part."

A video and highlight tribute to Cousins played on the scoreboard during a first-quarter timeout as he was formally welcomed back.

"I loved it," Cousins said. "I've got nothing but love for this city. I came here as a kid and left as a man. As I stated many times, I've got people here I consider family. These fans have been great to me throughout the years."

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Alvin Gentry: We're Bucking The Trend Playing Two Bigs

Oct 26, 2017 7:47 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have a pair of dominant big men in a league that has moved towards multi-dimensional guards and wings.

The Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins last February to pair with Anthony Davis.

“It really has become a guard-oriented league,” Alvin Gentry said. “Look at Washington’s backcourt and Portland’s backcourt. We’re bucking the trend and seeing if we can start a fad of our own by playing big guys and trying to take advantage of mismatches.”

“There’s very few bigs in the league compared to 20 years ago,” Steve Kerr said, referring to the Pelicans as an anomaly. “Who else is going to get two bigs like these guys? They present a challenge because they make us play a different style of defense than what we’ve grown accustomed to.”

The Pelicans acquired Cousins because he was an available talent and not to purposely go against the trends of the NBA.

“It’s really hard to get elite players,” Dell Demps said. “We had the opportunity to get elite players. That’s where it started.”

Cousins and Davis each have a special set of skills.

“They’re not typical bigs,” Demps said. “They’re both really skilled. They can shoot, they can pass, they can handle the ball, they can make plays for other people. Now, the key is to make it all mesh.”

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Josh Smith To Sign With Pelicans

Oct 25, 2017 6:50 PM

Josh Smith has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans under an injury hardship exception.

Smith didn't play in the NBA last season after spending parts of 15-16 with the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. Smith averaged 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in China.

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DeMarcus Cousins Regrets Being Loyal To Kings, Not Leaving In 2015

Oct 25, 2017 2:43 PM

DeMarcus Cousins regrets not pushing for a trade from the Sacramento Kings in 2015 while feuding with George Karl.

Cousins wanted to remain with the Kings at that time, but he was traded less than two years later ahead of the 2017 trade deadline.

“There were plenty of situations where I’m like, ‘Man, why didn’t you just do it this way?’ ” Cousins recently told ESPN. “And there was plenty of times where I was a victim. But at the end of the day, it’s still on me. My biggest regret is not leaving when I had the chance.

“I had the chance, but I fought it. I had the chance to leave, but I didn’t.”

According to an NBA source, Cousins’ representatives told Kings general manager Vlade Divac after the 2014-15 season that their client wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers but was open to other possible deals.

Cousins ultimately told his representatives and the Kings that he wanted to stay.

“I wanted to give it a chance because my representatives told me I shouldn’t stay,” Cousins said. “I guess you could say I was stubborn and loyal. I wanted to make things work.”

Cousins regrets being loyal to the Kings.

“I kind of blame myself for even putting myself at that point,” Cousins said. “You knew coming in this was a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that ain’t even loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool.

“But at the same time, it doesn’t change who I am. … I still live by that code. You’ve just got to learn how to separate business and your personal life. And all that did was teach me a lesson.”

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Pelicans Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Zatarain's

Oct 25, 2017 10:56 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans and Zatarain’s announced a new integrated marketing partnership featuring the company’s iconic name, brand and logo on the team’s game jerseys beginning with the 2017-18 NBA season. 

In addition to the jersey patch, for every Pelicans slam dunk throughout the season, Zatarain’s will donate meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank charity. Second Harvest operates through food distribution programs, community kitchen meal services, nutritional education, and public benefits assistance.

“This is an opportunity for both the Pelicans and Zatarain’s to further expand our international reach. Gayle and I could not be more pleased to be able to partner with one of the most iconic brands in our community,” said Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “Being from New Orleans, Zatarain’s has always been a part of my life and I am thrilled about our new partnership.”

Zatarain’s is the premier New Orleans-based food brand and has been making authentic regionally inspired products for over a century. Beginning in the Uptown New Orleans neighborhood in 1889, Zatarain’s has grown to become a world leader in New Orleans-style cooking.

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Anthony Davis Suffers No Structural Damage In Left Knee

Oct 25, 2017 9:21 AM

Anthony Davis suffered no damage in his injured left knee after undergoing an MRI.

Davis felt pain in the knee during warmups and then tweaked it in the first quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans' loss at Portland.

Davis is listed as day-to-day.

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Pelicans Sign Jameer Nelson, Waive Jordan Crawford

Oct 22, 2017 11:20 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans announced have signed Jameer Nelson. 

Nelson, 6-0, 190, most recently played for the Denver Nuggets. In 148 games (59 starts) from 2014-17, Nelson averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Last season, Nelson averaged 9.2 points, 5.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over 75 games for Denver. 

In a subsequent move, the Pelicans announced the team has waived guard Jordan Crawford. In two games for New Orleans this season, Crawford, 6-4, 195, has averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.

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DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25,000 For Foul Language Towards Fan
The technical foul DeMarcus Cousins was assessed has been rescinded.

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Jameer Nelson Agrees To Sign With Pelicans
Jameer Nelson gives the Pelicans more depth at point guard.

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Alexis Ajinca Out 4-6 Weeks With Knee Patellar Tendonitis
Alexis Ajinca underwent successful bilateral knee injections.

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Pelicans Waive Cliff Alexander, Perry Jones
Perry Jones appeared in three preseason games for New Orleans and averaged 3.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in just over 15 minutes per contest.

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Grizzlies To Retire Tony Allen's No. 9 Jersey
Tony Allen was signed by the Grizzlies in 2010.

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Rajon Rondo Out 4-6 Weeks Following Sports Hernia Surgery
Rajon Rondo was expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans with Jrue Holiday at shooting guard.

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Rajon Rondo May Need Sports Hernia Surgery
Rajon Rondo will travel to Philadelphia this week to determine whether he needs surgery.

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Martell Webster Announces NBA Retirement
Martell Webster was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Dante Cunningham, Pelicans Agree Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal
Dante Cunningham also considered signing with the Wolves.

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Pelicans Renounce Draft Rights To Ater Majok
Ater Majok played in Lebanon last season.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney
Host Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

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Perry Jones Agree Upon Camp Deal With Pelicans
Perry Jones will have an opportunity to make the regular season roster.

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Tony Allen Finalizing Deal With Pelicans
Tony Allen has spent the past seven seasons with the Grizzlies.

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Chris Paul Told Celtics, Warriors He Wouldn't Re-Sign During 2011 Trade Talks
The Celtics attempted to acquire Chris Paul by trading Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans.

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Shabazz Muhammad Receiving Interest From Lakers, Wolves, Pelicans
Shabazz Muhammad was previously represented by Lakers' general manager Rob Pelinka.

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Frank Jackson To Undergo Surgery On Broken Right Foot
Frank Jackson also underwent a procedure on the same foot in May.

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Bulls Acquire Quincy Pondexter, 2nd Round Pick From Pelicans
With Solomon Hill likely out for the season, the Pelicans need to find healthy wings.

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Pelicans Working Out Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, Martell Webster
The Pelicans are thin on the wing with Solomon Hill out six to eight months.

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Pelicans, Wolves Attempting To Sign Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham joined the Pelicans in 2014.

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