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Pelicans Claim Tim Frazier, Waive Troy Williams

Oct 17, 2018 8:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have claimed guard Tim Frazier off waivers. Frazier, 6-1, 170, appeared in four preseason games for Milwaukee, averaging 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists before subsequently being waived on October 15.  

This will be Frazier’s second stint in New Orleans, after originally joining the club on March 16, 2016. In 81 career games with New Orleans, Frazier has averaged 8.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Undrafted out of Penn State in 2014, Frazier has appeared in 186 career regular season games with Philadelphia, Portland, New Orleans and Washington, holding averages of 5.2 points, 4.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds. 

In a subsequent move, the Pelicans have waived forward Troy Williams. Williams, 6-7, 218, appeared in four preseason contests for New Orleans, averaging 8.5 points and 1.0 rebounds.

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Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson To Pelicans For Alexis Ajinca

Oct 15, 2018 3:19 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Wesley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca.

Johnson and Ajinca are each in the expiring season of their current contracts.

The Clippers will waive Ajinca, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

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Pelicans Waive Garlon Green, Jarrett Jack

Oct 13, 2018 6:19 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Garlon Green and guard Jarrett Jack.

Green, who was originally signed on July 24 after playing on the Pelicans’ summer league team in Las Vegas, appeared in four preseason games, averaging 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. Jack, who signed with New Orleans on September 19, appeared in three preseason games, averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds.

New Orleans’s roster currently stands at 16, including one two-way player (Trevon Bluiett).

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Pelicans Waive Brandon McCoy, Darius Morris

Oct 12, 2018 5:58 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived center Brandon McCoy and guard Darius Morris.

McCoy, who signed with New Orleans on September 29, appeared in three preseason contests, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. Morris, who was originally signed on September 4, appeared in three preseason games with New Orleans, averaging 1.7 assists.

New Orleans’s roster currently stands at 18, including one two-way player (Trevon Bluiett).

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Jahlil Okafor Reveals Struggles With Depression, Anxiety

Oct 9, 2018 1:21 PM

Shortly after Jahlil Okafor was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets, he sat down with a staff member of his new team who helped him realize he might have been dealing with depression and anxiety.

“I didn’t know I was dealing with depression and anxiety myself,” Okafor told The Athletic. “When I was in Brooklyn after the Philly trade, I started to talk to somebody there. That was the first I heard about it. Then, during the season, I didn’t act on it.

“I was in a dark place, man. I didn’t act on what was told to me, and I ignored it and shut it down.”

Okafor appeared in only 26 games for the Nets and before the end of the season, he had an epiphany about his situation.

“A week before the season ended, I looked at myself in the mirror and knew I not only had to get my body right but my mind right,” Okafor said. “I went straight to Miami and changed my diet and worked out. But most importantly, I started talking to a therapist to help me get through the depression and anxiety that I was going through, and it’s something I’m still dealing with. But I’m coping with it a lot better, and I’m learning ways to continue to feel good.

“I thanked Kevin Love because when I was reading his piece, I realized that this is normal and some of the stuff he was talking about … damn, I deal with some of the same things. Kevin Love, we know how successful he’s been in the NBA, but to hear somebody of his stature come out and talk about this is super inspiring to me.

“I lost my mom when I was 9, and it goes way deeper than me playing the game of basketball. It’s my life. It’s my trials. I wouldn’t blame Philly, wouldn’t blame the media or anybody.”

Okafor worked to transform his body and lost 17 pounds over the offseason.

“There was no bullshit with Jah, and I have a no (expletive) approach,” trainer David Alexander said. “We clicked, and it was organic from the beginning. I knew that with Jah, it would be work both mentally and physically. It goes hand in hand. He’s had some unfortunate situations, some setbacks and organizations that weren’t a great fit. I understand the psychological side. With someone like Jah, I understood the space and where he’s coming from. From what I felt and saw, he wouldn’t have benefit from the drill sergeant approach, or the fuck you mentality. The more he believed in himself and his body, the more successful he would be.

“He was extremely inflamed, extremely bloated, when he arrived here to start the offseason program. He wasn’t a fat guy, but he doesn’t have the physique he has now. And when you’re not successful at something you’ve been successful at your whole life, it can eat at you. It can tear you apart. You can’t look at the glass half empty, and I told him he’s got to believe in himself, that he’s young enough to be one of the better big men in this league. He built himself back up.”

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Jahlil Okafor Out 1-2 Weeks With Right Ankle Sprain

Oct 2, 2018 5:07 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain.

The injury occurred during the closing moments of the Pelicans' preseason opener in Chicago on Sunday, September 30.

An MRI review and further examination by Pelicans Director of Medical Services Dr. Misty Suri confirmed the sprain. Okafor is expected to miss approximately 1-2 weeks from the time of injury.

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Pelicans Sign Brandon McCoy

Sep 30, 2018 12:30 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent center Brandon McCoy.

McCoy, 7-1, 250, went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Chicago native spent one season at UNLV, appearing in 33 games and averaging 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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Jalen Rose: Anthony Davis Will Be On Lakers By 19-20 Season

Sep 25, 2018 2:55 PM

Anthony Davis signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports and it has ramped up speculation over his future with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Davis will be eligible to sign a supermax contract in 2019 and his willingness to sign that deal or not will be an indicator of how he feels about his future with the Pelicans.

"I am predicting that Anthony Davis ends up in Los Angeles with LeBron James (next season) and they will be another dynamic duo trying to put together a squad to take down, potentially, the Golden State Warriors," said Jalen Rose.

Davis cannot become a free agent until 2020, which means the Lakers would have to trade for him.

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Anthony Davis Describes Agent Change As 'Trying To Be Most Dominant Player In NBA'

Sep 25, 2018 9:16 AM

Anthony Davis switched agents this offseason, replacing Thad Foucher with Rich Paul.

Davis told the media the move is about becoming the most dominant player in the league and not about money. Davis will be eligible for a five-year supermax worth $230 million during the 2019 offseason.

"It was for who I am right now in my career and what I'm trying to do," Davis said. "I thought the change was necessary. That's all it was. Just trying to be the most dominant player in the league. I think making that change to Klutch will help me do so."

The future of Davis with the Pelicans has been unclear as they try to build a winner around him.

"I'm here and I'm focused on winning with this squad right here and having a good squad," Davis said. "Just want to go out there and play my hardest."

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Anthony Davis Signs With Rich Paul Of Klutch Sports
Anthony Davis is Klutch Sports' second biggest client behind LeBron James.

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Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans.

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Jarrett Jack Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pelicans
Jarrett Jack has had two previous stints with the Pelicans.

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Sasha Vujacic Works Out For Pelicans, Thunder
Sasha Vujacic played in Italy last season.

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Anthony Davis Parts Ways With Agent Thad Foucher
Anthony Davis is eligible for a supermax contract worth $230 million beginning in 2019.

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Clippers Match Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
The Clippers now have 17 contracts on their roster, which will require them to make multiple roster moves before the season stars.

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Clippers Expected To Decline Matching Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
Tyrone Wallace was on a two-way contract with the Clippers last season.

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Pelicans Sign Darius Morris To Two-Year Deal
Darius Morris last played in the NBA in 14-15 with the Nets.

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Tyrone Wallace Agrees To Offer Sheet With Pelicans
The Clippers placed a two-way qualifying offer on Tyrone Wallace and can match his deal.

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Pelicans Waive DeAndre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins appeared in 27 games last season.

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RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks On The Northwest Division
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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Pelicans Hoping For Midseason Trade For Wing
The Pelicans had interest in acquiring a wing via trade in the offseason but found the cost was too high.

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Jahlil Okafor Agrees To Sign With Pelicans
The 76ers declined their option on Jahlil Okafor's contract for 18-19 before he was traded to the Nets.

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Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Kent Bazemore
The Hawks like Kent Bazemore but would be willing to move him for the right offer as they rebuild their roster.

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Pelicans Sign Troy Williams
Troy Williams played 17 games last season with the Knicks

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Garlon Green Signs Multi-Year Deal With Pelicans
Garlon Green played in Summer League for the Pelicans this year.

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Dante Cunningham Agrees To One-Year Deal With Spurs
Dante Cunningham had been with the Pelicans since 2014 until his 2018 trade to the Nets.

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Trevon Bluiett Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Pelicans
Trevon Blueitt has been one of the revelations of Summer League after going undrafted out of Xavier.

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Ian Clark Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pelicans
Ian Clark initially signed with the Pelicans last offseason.

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DeMarcus Cousins Rejected Two-Year, $40M Extension Offer From Pelicans Before End Of Season
When DeMarcus Cousins rejected the offer, the Pelicans took it off the table.

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