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Raptors Sought Trade For Nikola Mirotic Before Pivoting To Marc Gasol

Feb 15, 2019 5:44 PM

The Toronto Raptors were interested in trading for Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline.

The Raptors and Pelicans worked together on a three-way trade that would have sent Delon Wright to the Orlando Magic.

The Pelicans instead traded Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, which led the Raptors to pivot to their acquisition of Marc Gasol instead.

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Tags: Marc Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Delon Wright, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis, Pelicans Will Reevaluate His Post-ASG Playing Time

Feb 15, 2019 5:41 PM

There is no plan in place for how the New Orleans Pelicans will handle the Anthony Davis situation after the All-Star break. both sides are reevaluating the best way to handle his playing time.

Davis requested a trade on January 28, but the Pelicans elected not to trade him at the deadline.

Davis then stated he wanted to return to the Pelicans' lineup and the NBA forced the team's hand in letting him play.

The Pelicans could try to sit Davis for the remainder of the season, which could get the National Basketball Players Association involved.

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

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Danny Ferry Named Interim General Manager Of Pelicans

Feb 15, 2019 4:03 PM

Danny Ferry has been named interim general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans parted ways with Dell Demps on Friday.

Ferry had been working with the Pelicans' organization as a consultant.

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Fire Dell Demps, Will Aggressively Pursue High-Level Basketball Executive As GM

Feb 15, 2019 1:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired Dell Demps.

They are looking to fill the interim GM role with internal candidates including Danny Ferry and David Booth.

Ownership plans to be aggressive in hiring a high-level executive as GM, with David Griffin a rumored candidate.

They plan to continue to push back on any Anthony Davis trades. Gayle Benson believes that "outside forces" are trying to pressure the front office into making decisions that don't make sense for the franchise.

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

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Anthony Davis Suffers Left Shoulder Muscle Contusion

Feb 15, 2019 8:42 AM

Anthony Davis' left shoulder Thursday night revealed a muscle contusion but "nothing too bad."

Davis was injured at the end of the first half of the Pelicans' win over the Thunder. Davis did not return to the bench after halftime and left Smoothie King Center with agent Rich Paul during the game to get an MRI.

Davis will head to Charlotte for the All-Star Game and receive treatment there before deciding whether to play on Sunday.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Sources: Pelicans Wanted To Sit Anthony Davis For Remainder Of Season

Feb 13, 2019 11:07 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans attempted to block Anthony Davis from playing in another game with the franchise, according to "a litany of sources" that spoke with Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

The NBA and NBPA, however, pressured the Pelicans to continue playing Davis despite his trade request.

Davis made a trade request shortly before the deadline, but the Pelicans opted not to execute a deal and will instead wait until the offseason to resolve the situation.

Alvin Gentry has reached the point where he doesn't want to speak about the Davis situation anymore.

“We have to get to a point where we are not bringing this up every time I step in front of the camera,” Gentry said. “To be honest with you, most of the answers, if you want them, you have to go to him and ask them. Whatever our new normal is, we want to get back to that. We want to put this stuff behind us.”

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

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

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NBA Denies Report Of Threatening Pelicans With $100k Per Game Fine For Sitting Anthony Davis

Feb 12, 2019 1:36 PM

The NBA has denied a report from ESPN that indicated the New Orleans Pelicans were threatened with a $100,000 per game fine if they sat Anthony Davis.

The Pelicans decided to play Davis for the remainder of the season despite his trade request on Jan. 28.

Davis' agent, Rich Paul, lobbied officials from the league to clear him to play.

“Anthony Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the New Orleans Pelicans,” New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps said in a statement last week. “A number of factors contributed to this decision. Ultimately Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with N.B.A. policies. We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the N.B.A. and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform soon.”

Marc Stein/New York Times

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

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Magic Johnson Believes Pelicans Didn't Negotiate Anthony Davis Trade In Good Faith

Feb 11, 2019 10:43 AM

Magic Johnson believes the New Orleans Pelicans acted in bad faith in their trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers on Anthony Davis.

Johnson replied "No" when posted the question by reporters.

"We knew that basically at the end of the day, what happened, happened," Johnson said. "And we knew that when we first started, in terms of what happened. But hey, it is what it is."

Johnson also disagreed with the notion that the public nature of trade talks were unfair to the Lakers' young core.

"Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like," Johnson said. "They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it -- that's how it goes.

"So we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You've got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there's deals like this."

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

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Magic Johnson On Free Agency Plans For Summer: 'We Just Want To Get One Of Them'

Feb 10, 2019 7:38 PM

Magic Johnson said that he doesn't think the New Orleans Pelicans front office acted in good faith during their trade negotiations for Anthony Davis.

"No," replied Johnson when asked the question.

Johnson added that Lakers players understand that trade rumors are part of the business.

"Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like. They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it, that's how it goes. So we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston, give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You've got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players and there's deals like this," added Johnson.

Johnson said he was undeterred by how the Davis situation played out as the Lakers attempt to add another marquee free agent.

"That's not going to change our plans this summer. It's a great [free-agency] class, and we just want to get one of them."

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Pelicans Could Have Received $100K Fine Per Game For Sitting Anthony Davis

Feb 9, 2019 12:53 PM

The NBA informed the New Orleans Pelicans that they could be fined $100K per game for resting Anthony Davis, citing a 2017 rule that prevents teams from sitting healthy players.

There were rumors that Pelicans would hold Davis out for their remaining 27 games after he requested a trade in order to prevent injury and preserve his value.

Davis returned last night, scoring 32 points in 25 minutes.

"That was definitely awkward. Boo? OK. It doesn't matter to me. I'm going to go out there and play basketball. I was [surprised]. But hey, that's life, man. Some people are not gonna like me. I'm just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love," said Davis after the game. 

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

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Marc Lasry: We Want Players Like Anthony Davis To Want To Join Bucks
The Bucks were on the preferred list of teams Anthony Davis.

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76ers, Pelicans Reportedly Had Conversation On Ben Simmons For Anthony Davis
Both Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons are represented by Rich Paul.

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Jrue Holiday Wants To Continue Playing For Playoff Contender
Jrue Holiday signed a five-year, $126 million deal with the Pelicans in the 2017 offseason.

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Windhorst: Agents, Other Teams, NBA Officials Mocked Anthony Davis, Rich Paul For Failed Strategy
Anthony Davis and Klutch Sports were unsuccessful in trying to force a trade to the Lakers by the 2019 trade deadline.

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76ers, Pelicans Discussed Markelle Fultz For Nikola Mirotic Trade
The 76ers discussed a Nikola Mirotic trade before executing the Tobias Harris deal.

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Pelicans To Keep Anthony Davis In Lineup For Remainder Of Season
Anthony Davis has said that he wants to return to the lineup and finish the season on the court.

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Woj: Pelicans Likely Always Intended To Wait Until Offseason For Anthony Davis Trade
The Pelicans and Lakers never were close to an Anthony Davis trade.

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Rich Paul Confirms Anthony Davis Won't Be Dealt At Trade Deadline
The Lakers made a strong push for Anthony Davis.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Anthony Davis Plans On Playing Every Game To Finish Out Season If He's Not Dealt
Anthony Davis has been held out of the past two games by the Pelicans despite being healthy.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Celtics Expected To Offer Tatum, Horford, Smart, Williams, 3 FRP For Anthony Davis
The Celtics cannot trade for Anthony Davis until the offseason.

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Bucks Agree To Acquire Nikola Mirotic From Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic gives the Bucks another floor spacing big.

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Anthony Davis Has Knicks On Same Level As Lakers On Wish List
The Knicks' ability to pursue two superstar free agents has resonated with Anthony Davis.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jazz, Blazers, Spurs, Nets Interested In Acquiring Nikola Mirotic
The Pelicans are looking for a 1st-round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Wizards Trade Markieff Morris To Pelicans, No Plans To Move Bradley Beal
Trading Morris and Otto Porter puts the Wizards under the luxury tax threshold.

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Windhorst: Pelicans Had 'Method To Madness' Negotiating With Lakers
The trade reports involving virtually every member of the Lakers' young core has destabilized the team.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers 'Running Low On Hope' On Anthony Davis Trade By Deadline
Dell Demps had no communication with Magic Johnson on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pelicans Have Sought Guarantees From Celtics On Anthony Davis Trade
The Celtics have made it clear that no specific player will be off limits in negotiations.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Clippers Didn't Acquire FRPs From 76ers Specifically For Anthony Davis Trade
The Pelicans could have interest in receiving the two new picks as part of an Anthony Davis trade with the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jayson Tatum To Be 'Major Part' Of Trade Talks Between Pelicans, Celtics This Summer
The Pelicans and Celtics have reportedly already had discussions involving Tatum in a potential deal for Anthony Davis.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Lakers Pull Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks With Pelicans
The Lakers had agreed to send their entire young core to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times