Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Wade's finish, Butler's return propel Bulls over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- When Dwyane Wade missed 11 of his first 13 shots from the floor on Saturday, he knew it was more a matter of good shots simply not falling than anything else. But that didn't stop Wade's teammates from getting him the ball. Wade scored 17 of his 22 points in the fourth..." January 14

  • Anthony Davis says it is ‘high probability’ he will play Saturday at Chicago "Anthony Davis was sidelined due to injury in his first two career NBA trips to his home city of Chicago, but he’s been in uniform each of the past two regular seasons. Davis’ chances of making it three straight seemed to improve Friday, when he practiced with his New Orleans teammates at local..." January 13

  • Evans helps Pelicans win without Davis

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New Orleans Pelicans figured out a way to compensate for missing the 29 points that Anthony Davis averages. Just get the ball to Tyreke Evans, let him drive through the lane and score. It took awhile for the Pelicans to figure out how to do it, but eventually they did..." January 12

  • Donatas Motiejunas on Comeback and Free Agency Nightmare

    Basketball Insiders "Donatas Motiejunas’ career has endured more detours than Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway during construction. Similar to the Belt Parkway, Motiejunas’ physical condition has been questioned over the years. Motiejunas was a key member of the Houston Rockets team that finished with a 56-26 record to win..." January 12

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • Davis's 40 points lead Pelicans over Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The World's Most Famous Arena played host to a historic performance from Anthony Davis on Monday. Davis poured in 40 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans 110-96 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He became the first player since David..." January 09

  • Celtics continue 3-point barrage, beat Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- One of these days, and probably soon, the Boston Celtics won't make at least 17 3-pointers in a game. Safe to say they'd rather not see it happen Tuesday night. The Celtics, who fired home 18 treys in Saturday's 117-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, have made 71..." January 07

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Pelicans talking Paul Millsap trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "With the Hawks trading Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, the vultures are circling Atlanta to try nabbing Paul Millsap. Reportedly interested: Raptors Nuggets Kings 76ers Add the Pelicans to the list. This is the danger of having a general manager who feels the heat of..." January 06

  • Korver trade to Cavs overshadows Hawks' win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA is a cold business because so often yesterday's glory is yesterday's news. The Atlanta Hawks, who won 60 games in 2014-15 before ultimately losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, parted ways with sharpshooting guard Kyle Korver on Thursday..." January 05

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • Jrue Holiday touched by LeBron James’ gesture as his wife recovers from brain surgery

    Fox Sports "LeBron James is one of the fiercest competitors in the NBA, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star knows when it’s time to keep things in perspective. Before Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the perennial All-Star walked over to Jrue Holiday to lend some words of encouragement to..." January 04

  • Alvin Gentry says Pelicans still working to finalize deal to sign Donatas Motiejunas

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Speaking to reporters before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the franchise remains in negotiations to finalize a deal to sign 7-foot center Donatas Motiejunas. ESPN reported on Sunday and sources confirmed on Monday that the deal..." January 03

  • Donatas Motiejunas signs 1-year deal with Pelicans

    ESPN "After five months in limbo, Donatas Motiejunas is officially back on an NBA roster. The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday that they had officially signed the free-agent big man. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that the agreement is for one year..." January 03

  • Jrue Holiday voices appreciation for support from LeBron James, others

    ESPN "In the brief moments after the Cavaliers and Pelicans took the floor Monday night and before their game tipped off, LeBron James approached Jrue Holiday to offer him words of encouragement and tap him on the chest, acknowledging the point guard's off-court struggles. Holiday's wife, former U.S...." January 03

  • Cavaliers shoot poorly, but still beat Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- LeBron James left the locker room Monday with a bag of Airborne and Tylenol PM. Kevin Love left the game sick in the fourth quarter and did not return and Kyrie Irving was in street clothes nursing a hamstring injury. The Cleveland Cavaliers' Big Three has been shipped..." January 02

  • Motiejunas worked out with T-Wolves before signing with Pelicans

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Timberwolves brought unrestricted free-agent Donatas Motiejunas to town for a look but never got their chance to act before he agreed on Sunday to sign with New Orleans. Drafted 20th overall in 2011 with the pick the Wolves owned before they started trading down that night, Motiejunas’..." January 02

  • Donatas Motiejunas lost over $30 million by reportedly signing with Pelicans

    CBS Sports "It may have taken until 2017, but free-agent big man Dontas Motiejunas has finally found a new team. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Motiejunas will sign a one-year, $1.5 million veteran's-minimum deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. As he did with the Rockets, Motiejunas will..." January 02

  • Pelicans, Motiejunas in serious talks toward a contract

    Sportando " Donatas Motiejunas is close to signing a contract with the Pelicans. As reported by Shams Charania the two sides are finalizing a deal. " January 01

  • Pelicans waive Reggie Williams

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Sunday that the team has waived guard Reggie Williams from the roster. Williams, a 7-year veteran, averaged 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in five games with the Pelicans this season. Williams was brought in to give the Pelicans depth on the wing when..." January 01

  • Davis leads balanced Pelicans past Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- It's not exactly a secret weapon and it's only a small sample size, but the New Orleans Pelicans' three-game experiment of playing small ball is working wonders for their spirits -- and for their record. The Pelicans won their fourth consecutive game and fifth in six games..." December 30

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • Gentry gets tossed as Pelicans top Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Sometimes, speed kills. File this inside the folder labeled "Rarest of NBA Stat Lines." In a 102-98 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans grabbed 14 fewer rebounds than the Clippers (59-45) but used their..." December 28

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Davis leads Pelicans past Mavs

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Pelicans went small, and Anthony Davis came up big. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry decided to start Davis at center against the Dallas Mavericks for just the fourth time this season, and Davis responded with 28 points and 16 rebounds -- his fourth consecutive game..." December 26

  • Pelicans rally past Heat 91-87

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- In the land of tall trees, Anthony Davis has made a tidy NBA living scooping up rebounds and scoring seemingly at will. The fourth-year All-Star did it again Friday night, pouring in 28 points and grabbing a career-high 22 rebounds to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 91-87..." December 23

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Westbrook pours in 42 points to lead Thunder past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook was looking for a little help from some friends, and he got everything he wanted and more in Oklahoma City's 121-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center. Westbrook torched the Pelicans with 42..." December 21

  • Davis powers Pelicans past 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The New Orleans Pelicans had plenty in reserve Tuesday night. So too did forward Anthony Davis. Davis collected 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Pelicans' bench provided 53 points, lifting New Orleans to a 108-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Terrence Jones..." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020

    Fox Sports "The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a..." December 20

  • Craig Sager’s Memorial Service Was A Collection Of Painfully Beautiful Moments And Tributes

    Uproxx "Craig Sager’s memorial service was held in Atlanta on Monday. His family and friends from decades of covering sports came out to say goodbye, including his long-time co-worker and friend Ernie Johnson, who delivered a touching tribute to Sager in the form of a poem. NBA TV aired the service..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • Anthony Davis on missing out on 'Rose Rule' money: Can't control it

    ESPN "Anthony Davis said he hasn’t “even thought about” the designated veteran player extension expected to be a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, which, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ian Begley, would allow small-market teams like the New Orleans Pelicans to offer lucrative..." December 19

  • Gentry: Pelicans running out of time to figure out identity

    ESPN "Twenty-nine games have come and gone since the New Orleans Pelicans began the 2016-17 season, but they might as well be at square one after Sunday's 113-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. “I just told them: I don’t know what kind of team we have, because we won’t allow ourselves the opportunity..." December 19

  • Spurs top Pelicans, then retire Duncan's jersey

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- If the San Antonio Spurs' easier-than-it sounds 113-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday took on the feel of an afterthought, that was because of what came, well, after the game. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points in 26 minutes of play and Manu Ginobili added a..." December 18

  • Anthony Davis suffers leg injury but unlikely to be sidelined for extended time

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was limited to playing only 22 minutes on Friday night against the Houston Rockets after suffering a lower left leg contusion that occurred in the second quarter after he was inadvertently kicked. The injury forced Davis to miss the start of the third..." December 17

  • Rockets hit record 24 of 61 3-pointers in win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- On Wednesday, Houston forward Sam Dekker expressed a casual confidence in the possibility that the Rockets could again threaten the NBA record for 3-pointers after they drilled 22 in a win over the Sacramento Kings. That the Rockets made his prediction a reality so quickly isn't..." December 16

  • NBA referees fire back at Last Two Minute report from Warriors-Pelicans game

    Fox Sports "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a referee fight on our hands. When the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, their victory came with a healthy bit of controversy. Draymond Green stripped Anthony Davis for a game-sealing steal in the closing seconds, yet..." December 16

  • Davis powers Pelicans past Pacers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis had a typical night for him, but it probably wouldn't have been enough if rookie Buddy Hield hadn't had an atypical night for him. Davis scored a game-high 35 points, just above his 30.5 average that his second highest in the NBA, including nine during a decisive..." December 15

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65. Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading. He got his start in television as..." December 15

  • Tyreke Evans will make season debut Thursday

    Larry Brown Sports "The cavalry’s coming for the New Orleans Pelicans. According to a report by Justin Verrier of ESPN, Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will make his season debut on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers, his first game action in nearly 11 months. The former Rookie of the Year has been recovering from..." December 15

  • Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration. Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The..." December 15

  • From players' perspective, warm reaction to new work agreement

    ESPN "While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesday's news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA..." December 15