New Orleans Pelicans WiretapMarch 2012 New Orleans Pelicans Wiretap

Gordon Likely To Return This Week

Mar 28, 2012 2:11 PM

Eric Gordon should return to game action at some point during the Hornets' current road trip.

Gordon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 14 to remove cartilage and other debris.

Gordon has increased the intensity of his workouts in recent weeks.

“I’ve been working out hard, like I wasn’t injured,” Gordon said. “At this point, it’s almost to the point where I should be getting back to play very soon.”

Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

Tags: Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

Griffin Finds Retribution Against Hornets With Hard Foul On Ariza

Mar 27, 2012 10:12 AM

Blake Griffin delivered a hard foul on Trevor Ariza in Monday's game between the Clippers and Hornets, which was called a flagrant 1 foul.

Griffin was knocked to the ground last week by Jason Smith and he appeared to seek retribution in this return matchup. Smith did not play due to suspension.

"Man, I get fouled 10 times harder than that and they call a regular foul," said Griffin. "That wasn't a flagrant foul. I'm going to appeal that one."

Griffin glared at the Hornets' bench following the foul.

"Yeah, I walked back because they stood up like it was going to be something," Griffin said. "There was nothing, man, and you can publish that."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Henry Learned Importance Of Being Aggressive From D-League Stint

Mar 24, 2012 1:42 PM

The Hornets were hoping Xavier Henry's D-League stint would make him more aggressive offensively, seeking to attack the defense off the dribble.

“Playing with those guys made me realize that, OK, I’ve just got to be aggressive,’’ Henry said. “When I came back, I wanted to be confident so I could really show my game instead of sitting back and letting the game come to me. I just had to go out there and push the issue.’’

Henry has scored more than 10 points in his past two games, the first time accomplishing the feat this season.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Tags: Xavier Henry, New Orleans Pelicans, Iowa Wolves, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, NBA B-Ball IQ, D-League B-Ball IQ

Jason Smith Suspended Two Games For Foul On Griffin

Mar 24, 2012 1:39 PM

Jason Smith received a two-game suspension for his flagrant foul 2 against Blake Griffin in Thursday's game.

Smith will miss Saturday's game against the Spurs and Monday's game against the Clippers.

“We have to play them a couple of more times, so I apologized to him,’’ said Smith on Thursday. “Obviously, the Clippers are a very high-octane offense playing at the rim. Blake and DeAndre Jordan are incredible athletes, but we just wanted to come out there and play aggressive and not back down.

“But it’s just one of those things that we had to be mentally tough when they got an ESPN highlight. You’ve got to move on from that play and go to next one.’’

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Tags: Jason Smith, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Suspension

Kaman Preferred Heavy Minutes, Usage Than Playing For Contender

Mar 24, 2012 12:11 PM

Chris Kaman didn't seek a buyout following the deadline because sources say he was more interested in keeping his minutes and usage high with the Hornets as he enters free agency.

If Kaman had reached a buyout with the Hornets, Miami would have been at the top of his list.

Kaman is in the final season of his current contract.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Chris Kaman, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Claim Chris Johnson Off Waivers

Mar 20, 2012 12:03 PM

The New Orleans Hornets have claimed Chris Johnson off waivers.

Johnson was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers on Mar. 15.

Johnson played collegiately at LSU.

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Tags: Chris Johnson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Armor Reacquire Jeff Foote

Mar 19, 2012 4:02 PM

The Springfield Armor have reacquired center Jeff Foote. 

Foote (7-0, 265, Cornell) returns to the Armor after earning his first-career Call-Up with the New Orleans Hornets. He made his NBA debut on March 9 against the Denver Nuggets, scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the Hornets’ bench. In four games with New Orleans, Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.

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Tags: Jeff Foote, New Orleans Pelicans, Springfield Armor, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Signing Rumor, D-League Official Signing

Hornets Assign Xavier Henry To Iowa Energy Of D-League

Mar 18, 2012 8:09 PM

The New Orleans Hornets have assigned Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Henry is in his second NBA season after being selected 12th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas. He has appeared in 24 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds.

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Tags: Xavier Henry, New Orleans Pelicans, Iowa Wolves, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Warriors Could Have Dealt Rush, Kwame For Kaman

Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM

The Warriors could have traded Brandon Rush, Kwame Brown and a second round pick to the Hornets for Chris Kaman, according to Ric Bucher while on KNBR Radio.

Golden State could have then had a chance to evaluate how Kaman played with a core of Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee.

The Warriors instead traded Monta Ellis in a deal for Andrew Bogut.

Ric Bucher/ESPN

Tags: Chris Kaman, Kwame Brown, Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Reach Agreement With Louisiana On Lease Through 2024

Mar 16, 2012 1:13 PM

Governor Bobby Jindal will announce that the State of Louisiana has reached an agreement in principle to keep the Hornets in New Orleans through at least 2024 with no escape clause, multiple sources confirmed.

There is also an NBA guarantee that another All-Star Game will be hosted.

The new lease will eliminate attendance benchmarks that could have triggered an escape clause in previous deals.

Terms of the lease will be accepted by a new owner when the NBA sells the team.

Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Were Interested In Brandon Jennings
The Hornets intend to re-sign Eric Gordon and like the idea of pairing him with Brandon Jennings.

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Lacob Backs Warriors Off Ellis To Magic Trade Talks
Orlando attempted to piece together a three-team deal for Monta Ellis, including efforts with the Bucks and Hornets.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Three-Team Ellis To Magic Trade Being Discussed
Two sources confirm the Magic are discussing a three-team trade involving the Warriors and Hornets that would send Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Dorell Wright to Orlando.

Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

Hornets Considering Extension For Kaman
The Hornets are still making Chris Kaman available in trade talks with the Rockets, Warriors, Heat, Pacers and Celtics among those interested.

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Jeff Foote Signs With Hornets
Jeff Foote has played in 29 games (28 starts) for the Armor this season, averaging 14.8 points (55.1 FG%), 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

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Hornets Expected To Sign Jeff Foote
Jeff Foote, a 7-foot center out of Cornell, has been playing for the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Hornets Likely To Sign Solomon Jones For Remainder Of Season
With Emeka Okafor out indefinitely and Chris Kaman on the block, the Hornets have minutes available for Solomon Jones.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Nets, Hornets Most Injured Teams; Suns, Jazz, Kings Amongst Least
The Nets, Hornets and Timberwolves have had the most players miss games due to injury this season, followed by the Bobcats, Knicks, Grizzlies and Raptors.

Sacramento Bee

Kaman Has No Preference On Trade
Chris Kaman is playing solid basketball over the past few weeks, but sources say the Hornets remain open to trading him.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Jason Smith Still Suffering From Concussion Symptoms
Jason Smith said on Friday that he is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms.

Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

Hornets Like Jack's Experience With Second Unit
The Hornets have been using Jarrett Jack off the bench to bring stability to an inexperienced second unit.

Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune