Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Pelicans reportedly pick up coach Alvin Gentry's 2018-19 contract option

    Sporting News "Fresh off a sweep of the Trail Blazers, the Pelicans have decided to pick up the option on head coach Alvin Gentry's contract for 2018-19, according to ESPN.com. The report also stated that New Orleans' assistant coaching staff, including associate head coach Darren Erman, Chris Finch and Fred..." April 23

  • Stop Pretending Anthony Davis Has Any Chance Of Being Traded This Summer

    Uproxx "Anthony Davis just got done leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a four-game sweep of the 3-seed Portland Trail Blazers in which he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game with a 57/30/81.6 shooting split. Those numbers could usually be justified as part of a small..." April 23

  • Pelicans have to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Yardbarker "The New Orleans Pelicans were built around a very simple principal. Two superstars, no matter how theoretically redundant, are always better than one. That principal is essentially historical fact. Solo acts don’t win championships. LeBron James never did it. Kobe Bryant never did it. Michael..." April 22

  • Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday combine for 88 points, tying playoff record

    ESPN "When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles in January, one of the NBA's most promising big threes was dismantled -- and it looked like the Pelicans' playoff hopes would crumble, as well. But the remaining big two of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday just responded with one of the..." April 22

  • Lillard after sweep: Pelicans 'threw something at us that we hadn't seen'

    NBA.com "Game 4 in New Orleans wasn’t short on great shots and great performances on both sides, but the Pelicans made a few more plays to sweep the Trail Blazers with a 131-123 win Saturday at Smoothie King Center. A sellout crowd of 18,544 watched the Pelicans earn their spot in the Western Conference..." April 22

  • Alvin Gentry thanks Kobe Bryant after Game 4 win over Blazers

    Larry Brown Sports "Alvin Gentry began his post game press conference after the New Orleans Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers by thanking Kobe Bryant and his shoes. With less than a minute remaining in regulation of Saturday’s game, Jrue Holiday was ruled to have stepped out of bounds with New Orleans up..." April 22

  • Rajon Rondo boasts about Pelicans’ ‘Big Three’

    Larry Brown Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans may be the hottest team of the NBA playoffs so far, and veteran guard Rajon Rondo is certainly feeling the spice. Speaking with the media on Friday after the Pelicans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rondo..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • NBA Rumors: Cousins likely to stay with Pelicans after summer

    Clutch Points "DeMarcus Cousins’ impending free agency has raised many questions since the New Orleans Pelicans started amassing a better record without him than when he was on the court. Having breezed to a 3-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, this current Cousins-less lineup is bound..." April 20

  • Anthony Davis predicts that DeMarcus Cousins will receive standing ovation in New Orleans

    ESPN "Anthony Davis predicted that teammate DeMarcus Cousins will receive a "standing ovation when he comes out here hobbling" for the New Orleans Pelicans' home playoff opener Thursday night in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Cousins will be sitting courtside at the Smoothie King Center..." April 19

  • Pelicans’ Anthony Davis joins four Hall of Famers on elite list

    Sportsnaut "With his New Orleans Pelicans riding a 2-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers heading into Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup on Thursday, MVP candidate Anthony Davis is doing things we’ve rarely seen on an NBA court. Davis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday night’s..." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Where, really, was DeMarcus Cousins during the Pelicans' playoff opener?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Saturday afternoon (April 14) that injured forward DeMarcus Cousins would not attend his team's playoff-opening game that night in Portland, Oregon, because he still has not been cleared to fly as he rehabs from an Achilles tear. But Cousins'..." April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Pelicans' Crawford discussing deal with Big Baller Brand

    Uproxx "Jordan Crawford has had a fascinating NBA career, spending time in Atlanta, Washington, Boston, and Golden State before finding himself out of the league for two seasons, spending some time in China and the G League. He returned last year as a member of the injury depleted New Orleans Pelicans..." April 15

  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans relieved, not satisfied after Game 1 win

    Sporting News "Anthony Davis has already built an impressive resume as an NBA superstar at age 25, but the one glaring absence from his list of accomplishments is postseason success. Davis' Pelicans were swept in the first round of the 2015 playoffs by the eventual-champion Warriors. His second trip to the..." April 15

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Jrue Holiday says Rajon Rondo can become head coach, general manager

    Hoops Hype "New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday had some interesting comments about his teammate Rajon Rondo during a recent podcast appearance. When speaking with Rahul Lal, Holiday talked about how Rondo has the experience in the NBA championship to help the Pelicans in the postseason. He also said..." April 08

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Pelicans To Sign Jordan Crawford

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans are expected to sign Jordan Crawford to a contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). New Orleans has an open spot on its 15-man roster, so no corresponding roster move will be necessary to finalize Crawford’s new deal. Crawford, 29, opened the season with the..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Anthony Davis reveals unibrow shave was April Fool's prank

    Yardbarker "Anthony Davis’s unibrow is alive and well. On Saturday, it appeared that Davis had shaved off the unibrow after the results of a fan poll encouraged him to. On Sunday, though, Davis revealed it all to be a prank. Many had speculated that this was the case after seeing the video of the..." April 01

  • Anthony Davis shaves his signature unibrow ahead of April Fool's Day but Twitter isn't buying it

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis put out a poll on Twitter asking fans whether or not he should shave his unibrow. It caught many by surprise, as Davis' unibrow has become somewhat of a trademark for the NBA star. Heck, his nickname is "The Brow." The poll was tight..." March 31

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Suns could pursue Cousins in free agency

    Sportsnaut "The Phoenix Suns are finishing up yet another season what will result in the team missing out on the playoffs altogether. In fact, Phoenix heads into this weekend’s action with the worst record in the NBA. That doesn’t mean the future isn’t bright for this talented young squad. Despite dealing..." March 30

  • Anthony Davis provides update on unibrow-shaving decision

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Anthony Davis knew that he would get a big reaction after asking if he should shave his signature unibrow, but he wanted to see what the people had to say. The New Orleans Pelicans forward sent out a poll on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Wednesday (March 28) to ask if he should get rid of..." March 29

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Alexis Ajinca undergoes 2nd patellar tendon surgery, will be out 4-6 months

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans announced that center Alexis Ajinca underwent successful surgery on his left patellar tendon Tuesday morning (March 27). He's expected to be sidelined 4-6 months. Ajinca had bilateral knee injections in October and underwent surgery to repair his right patellar tendon..." March 27

  • Pelicans Sign Larry Drew II To Second 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans have signed point guard Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract, according to the NBA’s official transactions log. Drew’s initial 10-day deal with New Orleans expired overnight on Saturday. This is Drew’s third 10-day contract of 2017/18. He signed one with the Sixers in January,..." March 26

  • Gayle Benson on talk of selling Saints or Pelicans: 'I would never sell it. No'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Gayle Benson made it clear Monday (March 26) during her first public comments after the passing of Tom Benson she would "never" sell the New Orleans Saints or the New Orleans Pelicans. "I don't think there's any other choice," Benson said at the league's owners meetings. "I think that's the..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Rondo out vs. Rockets with sprained right wrist

    ESPN "New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo will not play Saturday against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained right wrist. It was not immediately clear when Rondo suffered the injury. The Pelicans played games on three consecutive nights earlier this week, and Rondo logged at least 29..." March 24

  • Report: Boogie offers to cover cost of Stephon Clark's funeral

    SLAM Online "DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly offered to pay for the funeral of Stephon Clark, whose death sparked a protest outside Sleep Train Arena on Thursday. According to the Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones, Cousins, who played over six years in Sacramento, reached out to Clark’s family about covering the..." March 23

  • Ray Allen: Rondo says he carried Celtics to 2008 championship

    247 Sports "Thanks to Ray Allen's new book entitled “From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love,” the future Hall of Famer's on-going feud with former teammate and current New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo continues. In his book, Allen writes at length about Rondo and goes..." March 22

  • Drew Brees, Anthony Davis expected to be pallbearers at Tom Benson’s funeral

    Larry Brown Sports "New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson died on Thursday at age 90, and two of the most recognizable faces in his franchises’ history are expected to be a part of his funeral proceedings. According to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune, Drew Brees and Anthony Davis are..." March 21

  • Solomon Hill on his Pelicans season debut: 'I felt way better than I thought I would'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After being limited by injury for 11 months, Solomon Hill kept waiting for it to hit him that he was finally back on the court Sunday (March 18). That moment never came. The New Orleans Pelicans forward made his season debut in the team's 108-89 victory over the Boston Celtics and he felt..." March 19

  • Rajon Rondo on Ray Allen’s book: ‘He just wants attention’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Ray Allen wrote a book that spills a lot of dirt on Rajon Rondo – how Rondo told Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Allen and other Celtics he carried them to the 2008 title, how Rondo clashed with Doc Rivers. Rondo, via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: “He just wants attention,” Rondo said. “I..." March 19

  • Even Anthony Davis' coach, Alvin Gentry, says James Harden deserves NBA MVP

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans have made an incredible run to get into playoff position in the crowded Western Conference despite a season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins in late January. That's largely due to Anthony Davis, who has been playing some of the best basketball in the league since Cousins'..." March 18

  • New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry fined $15,000 for criticizing officials

    NBA.com "New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations." March 18

  • Rajon Rondo says Ray Allen 'just wants attention' from latest book excerpts

    CBS Sports "It's safe to say that Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen aren't really friends. Allen's strained relationship with his former teammates is well known up to this point, but the animosity was recently revived when excerpts from Allen's new book were released to the public. Among those excerpts were many..." March 18

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry goes off on officiating after losing to Rockets

    Sporting News "The Pelicans fell to the Rockets 107-101 on Friday. and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry wasn't afraid to share his thoughts on how the game was officiated. Gentry was livid and made it clear that he felt the officials were guessing on calls. He also feels the refs do not treat Anthony Davis like..." March 18

  • Pelicans’ Frank Jackson Won’t Play This Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans have given up on rookie point guard Frank Jackson seeing any playing time before the end of the season, tweets Scott Kushner of The Advocate. Coach Alvin Gentry confirmed to reporters today that Jackson has been ruled out for the rest of the year. " March 17

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry: James Harden 'is the MVP'

    Houston Chronicle "The Pelicans are promoting star forward Anthony Davis for the Most Valuable Player, but at least one observer believes the race is already over. "In my opinion, (James Harden) is the MVP of the league," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not even close, really, what he's doing with his..." March 17

  • Anthony Davis says he’s ‘forever indebted’ to the late Tom Benson

    Sportress of Blogitude "Anthony Davis on Friday honored the memory of New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who passed away Thursday at the age of 90. The Pelicans drafted Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, which came only months after Benson, who also owned the New Orleans Saints, acquired the..." March 16