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Pelicans Receive $2.75M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 17, 2018 6:12 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been awarded a $2.75 million disabled player exception for Alexis Ajinca.

Ajinca underwent surgery in December on his right knee and is likely out for the season.

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Rajon Rondo: What Has Isaiah Thomas Done?

Jan 17, 2018 10:56 AM

Rajon Rondo was asked to give his opinion on Boston rescheduling the video tribute to Isaiah Thomas that was initially planned for the same night as Paul Pierce's jersey retirement.

"What has he done?” Rondo asked reporters about Thomas.

Reporters than told Rondo about Thomas leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

Rondo then continued.

"This is the Boston Celtics. This isn’t the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don’t hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals? What do we hang here?” Rondo continued.

A reporter then replied with the obvious answer to his question, Rondo decided to shut down any further analysis with a simple, "OK, cool."



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Pelicans Main Competition For DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Be Mavs, Lakers

Jan 16, 2018 2:26 PM

The free agency of DeMarcus Cousins is one of the NBA's most intriguing storylines of 2018 as the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to do whatever they can to re-sign him.

"I think most teams around the league believe that the Pelicans will re-sign Cousins unless he doesn't want to stay there," said Marc Stein on the Dunc'd On Podcast. "I think the Pelicans are the clear favorites. Now, I would say there's an expectation and maybe even speculation on the part of rival teams, but I've heard Dallas and the Lakers mentioned most frequently that those are teams that expected, whatever expected means, to make a run at him.

"Now for the Lakers, they have other targets. I would think Cousins is lower on their list than certainly LeBron or Paul George, but Dallas going after Cousins would be a very Mark Cuban move. I obviously live in Dallas. There's been talk about Cousins here for awhile, certainly around town people expect the Mavs to go after him. Can they convince him to leave New Orleans if the Pels put that max deal on the table?"

Cousins is likely to have a limited market of teams that can offer a max contract.

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Mike James Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Pelicans

Jan 13, 2018 5:59 PM

Mike James has agreed to sign a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

James signed with the Phoenix Suns on a two-way contract and then his deal was converted into a standard NBA deal but then he was released.

James fell out of the Suns' rotation.

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Mavericks Claim Jalen Jones, Waive Kyle Collingsworth

Jan 10, 2018 5:17 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have claimed Jalen Jones off waivers and will waive Kyle Collinsworth.

Jones was recently waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Both players have been on two-way contracts.

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Warriors Believed To Have Anthony Davis As Long-Term Target

Jan 10, 2018 2:10 PM

Tim Kawakami suggests the Golden State Warriors have likely begun to target Anthony Davis in their long-term decision-making.

The Warriors targeted Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason for at least two years and when it looked like an absolute longshot.

Davis can become a free agent in 2020 and the New Orleans Pelicans could consider trading him before that offseason though they have yet to given any indication he will be available in the near or distant future.

The Warriors would almost certainly need to include either Klay Thompson or Draymond Green or potentially both to trade for Davis. Thompson will become a free agent in 2019 while Green will be a free agent in 2020.

When Kawakami interviewed Joe Lacob for his podcast a few weeks ago, the word he used was “differentiate” when he talked about moves the Warriors might make in the future.

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Pelicans Sign DeAndre Liggins To 10-Day Contract

Jan 10, 2018 9:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to sign DeAndre Liggins to a 10-day contract.

The Pelicans will use an injury exception to sign Liggins. Liggins will sign his contract and be available for the Pelicans' game against Memphis on Wednesday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks waived Liggins on Sunday.

Liggins is known for his defensive ability on the wing.

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Pelicans Focused On Re-Signing DeMarcus Cousins, Not Interested In Trade

Jan 9, 2018 10:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans remain determined to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins and haven't been open to receiving trade offers.

Cousins will be a free agent this summer.

The Pelicans traded Buddy Hield and their 2017 first round choice as part of a package for Cousins last February.

Cousins is averaging nearly 26 points per game to go with 12.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

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Pelicans Waive Jalen Jones

Jan 8, 2018 4:41 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Jalen Jones.

Jones, 6-7, 220, who was originally signed to a two-way contract by the Pelicans on August 2, appeared in four games with New Orleans, totaling five points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. Jones has appeared in 17 G League games this season with the Greensboro Swarm and Texas Legends, averaging 19.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

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

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Anthony Davis: I'm Not Frustrated

Dec 31, 2017 10:53 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are back down to .500 after losing consecutive games to the Mavericks and Knicks.

“I’m not frustrated,” Anthony Davis said. “We’re fine. We just have to take care of business on the road. We have to get back to playing how we were playing before, which is with a lot of energy. But, I’m not frustrated. I’m disappointed we dropped these two.”

Davis had 31 points and nine rebounds in the game.

The Pelicans are now 9-9 at home.

Scott Kushner/The New Orleans Advocate

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Pelicans Have No Intention Of Trading Anthony Davis, Regardless Of Return
Anthony Davis is under contract with the Pelicans through 2021.

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Anthony Davis Approached Pelicans About Boston Rumors Last Season
Anthony Davis was told he wouldn't be traded, but he realizes that was what DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas were told as well.

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Anthony Davis: Everything Is About Winning In NBA
Anthony Davis is in the second season of a five-year, $127 million contract that expires in 2021.

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DeMarcus Cousins Expects To Remain With Pelicans Past Trade Deadline
Anthony Davis has been working to convince DeMarcus Cousins to re-sign with the Pelicans.

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Tony Allen Out 3-4 Weeks With Fibula Fracture
Tony Allen has appeared in 22 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.

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Alexis Ajinca Undergoes Surgery On Right Patellar Tendon
Alexis Ajinca is likely out 4-6 months.

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Anthony Davis Day-To-Day, MRI On Groin Negative
Anthony Davis is day-to-day after MRI results on his injured groin came back negative.

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Anthony Davis Will Undergo Further Evaluation On Injured Groin
Anthony Davis left the locker room on crutches.

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Anthony Davis Fined $25,000 By NBA
Anthony Davis has been fined $25,000 for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.

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Goran Dragic, Anthony Davis Named Players Of The Week
Goran Dragic and Anthony Davis have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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DeMarcus Cousins Ejected With Flagrant Foul 2 On Russell Westbrook
DeMarcus Cousins secured a rebound and raised his elbows near Russell Westbrook's face.


Anthony Davis Cleared Of Concussion Diagnosis
Anthony Davis has a bruise of the orbital bone above his right eye.


Anthony Davis Suffers Third Concussion Of Career
Anthony Davis previously suffered concussions in November 2012 and January 2016.


Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson
By waiving Jameer Nelson, the Nuggets allowed him to choose his destination.

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

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Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Victor Oladipo and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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DeMarcus Cousins Scores 41 In 'Super Nervous' Return To Sacramento
DeMarcus Cousins scored 41 points and 23 rebounds in his first game back in Sacramento.

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Alvin Gentry: We're Bucking The Trend Playing Two Bigs
The Pelicans have a pair of dominant big men in a league that has moved towards multi-dimensional guards and wings.

Malika Andrews/New York Times

Josh Smith To Sign With Pelicans
Josh Smith didn't play in the NBA last season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Regrets Being Loyal To Kings, Not Leaving In 2015
DeMarcus Cousins' agent told the Kings in 2015 that he wanted to be traded to the Lakers.

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