Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Pelicans closing in on hiring Chris Finch as assistant

    ESPN "The New Orleans Pelicans, looking for a potential spark for their All-Star frontcourt duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, are closing in on hiring Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chris Finch, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that the Pelicans have pursued Finch to add his..." May 19

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • The Night That Cost Bryce Dejean-Jones His NBA Dream—And His Life

    Bleacher Report "It might have been a second, or a millisecond, or a milli of a millisecond. Even were it the absolute slightest measure of time, Bryce Dejean-Jones had an opportunity to turn around. To take a deep breath. To pace the hallway. To gather himself. Wasn’t that exactly what Alvin..." May 16

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • Pelicans Retaining Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans won’t be making any major changes at head coach or general manager this offseason, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate. League sources inform Kushner that coach Alvin Gentry and GM Dell Demps will both keep their jobs to begin the 2017/18 season. Gentry and Demps were both..." May 15

  • Donatas Motiejunas denies suing Rockets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Donatas Motiejunas had a rough free agency – a matched offer sheet, skipped physical and failed physical turning what was presented as a four-year, $37 million deal with the Nets into a prorated minimum salary from the Pelicans. What’s next for the former Rockets restricted free agent? Sean..." May 14

  • Pelicans' Donatas Motiejunas suing Rockets, NBA over contract saga

    Sporting News "It was a rough year for big man Donatas Motiejunas. Now he is seeking legal restitution, sources told Sporting News. Motiejunas is in the midst of an arbitration action against the Rockets and the NBA that is close to wrapping up. Motiejunas sat out the first two months of the season during a..." May 12

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • DeMarcus Cousins Explains Why He Was Barnes Tag Team Partner in Club Brawl

    Black Sports Online "On May 5, Demarcus Cousins responded to a lawsuit stemming from a NYC nightclub fight he and Matt Barnes were involved in back in December. Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell filed lawsuits against Cousins and Barnes accusing them of attacking them inside the club. Besiso has claimed that she..." May 09

  • Pelicans still evaluating whether to keep Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry

    Pro Basketball Talk "Dell Demps is the Pelicans’ general manager, and Alvin Gentry coaches New Orleans. How long will that last? Scott Kushner for The Advocate: Gentry, Demps and various league sources have all said it’s a “day-to-day” situation, indicating there’s no pressure from the calendar to choose when..." May 01

  • Business as usual right now with Pels, but will Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry return next season?

    The Advocate "Inside the New Orleans Pelicans facility, general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry are going about their typical offseason business, prepared to enter the 2017-18 season still under contract with the Pelicans. Despite chatter from fans and national media alike, the franchise has not..." April 30

  • Cunningham to opt out of contract, test free agency

    CBS Sports "Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. " April 29

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Why is DeMarcus Cousins wearing Rockets gear?

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Pelicans made a big trade for DeMarcus Cousins this season, but it appears they might have given up quite a bit just for a one-season-plus rental. Why is this? See for yourself. That’s Cousins wearing Houston Rockets shorts, for reasons that are at this point quite..." April 27

  • Pelicans Narrow NBADL Affiliate Search To Six Cities

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans intend to own and operate an NBA D-League franchise starting in 2018/19, and have received preliminary proposals from six cities in or near Louisiana, the team announced today in a press release. Representatives from those six locations will have until June 7 to submit a “complete and..." April 25

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Pelicans rally past Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The game didn't have playoff implications, but New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry liked what he saw as the Pelicans ended the season on a winning note Wednesday night at Moda Center. New Orleans rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final eight minutes to pull out a 103-100..." April 13

  • Anthony Davis Denied Entry Into Hollywood Restaurant For Wearing a Hoodie

    Black Sports Online "This is crazy yet unsurprising. The crazy part is this is Anthony Davis and he’s in LA. New York Post reports Anthony Davis along with a few other Pelicans players were barred from Katana restaurant in Hollywood by the doorman because of his hoodie. Now, Davis was wearing a Pelicans hoodie and..." April 13

  • Rob Hennigan rejected DeMarcus Cousins trade that Magic assistant GM wanted to make

    Pro Basketball Talk "In mid-February, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report reported talks between the Magic and Kings involving DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier: Multiple league sources say the Magic turned down the chance to deal Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks to the Kings..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • World Peace carries Lakers to 5th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In what was possibly his last game at Staples Center as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace delivered in impressive fashion. World Peace scored a club-high 18 points, all in the second half, and the Lakers extended their winning streak to five games with a..." April 12

  • NBA star barred from Hollywood hot spot over hoodie

    Page Six "Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans forward and MVP of the All-Star game, was turned away from a hip Japanese restaurant in West Hollywood for wearing a team hoodie. Davis and some of his teammates were barred from entering eatery Katana on Monday night by a doorman who objected to Davis’..." April 12

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • DeMarcus Cousins on Lonzo Ball: ‘Never heard of him,’ but ‘dad is a legend’

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins isn’t shy about throwing shade, and he threw a truck full of it in the direction of Lonzo Ball when asked about the soon-to-be NBA rookie. Cousins was asked by TMZ Sports about his thoughts about the best prospects coming out of March Madness. He listed off a few, including..." April 10

  • Durant impacts Warriors' win in first game back

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- With Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins all on the sidelines watching, Saturday's game between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans had the feeling of an exhibition. Which is probably exactly what Kevin Durant needed. Durant made a..." April 09

  • Pelicans To Sign Axel Toupane

    Real GM Basketball "The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Axel Toupane from Raptors 905 of the D-League. Toupane previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks this season and appeared in 21 games during the 15-16 season with the Denver Nuggets." April 09

  • Pelicans extend guard Quinn Cook a 2-year contract

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans signed point guard Quinn Cook to a two-year contract after his 10-day contract expired, the franchise announced on Saturday. Cook was extended a second, 10-day contract on March 29 and the Pelicans want him to play on their summer league team. Last fall, Cook was..." April 09

  • Nuggets continue playoff chase with win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- In a must-win game, Denver's young backcourt delivered a big performance to keep the Nuggets' playoff hopes alive. Jamal Murray scored 22 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, Gary Harris had 20 points and a career-high nine assists to lead Denver to a 122-106 win over..." April 08

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Nuggets eliminate Pelicans from contention

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Denver coach Michael Malone saw his team being left for dead after the Nuggets had lost five of seven games. But, after beating the New Orleans Pelicans 134-131 on Tuesday night to move within a half-game of Portland for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs,..." April 05

  • Jrue Holiday on potential free agency: 'I haven't thought about it. Not even a little bit'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans believe that things have begun to fall in place with its reassembled roster featuring All-Star big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, but a different player may be in the position to make a franchise-changing decision for the team during this upcoming..." April 05

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • What to do with Jrue? Holiday is a pending free agent, but Pelicans clearly want him back

    The Advocate "As the New Orleans Pelicans filed out of the team practice facility Monday for what was likely the final time this season, one topic emerged, with all eyes pointed toward the future: Was this the last time Jrue Holiday would wear a Pelicans jersey on Airline Drive? The heralded guard will be..." April 04

  • Blazing Butler guides Bulls past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler doesn't have time to take a breath -- not that he really wants to. One night after scoring a game-high 33 points in 42 minutes and hitting the two clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left in a two-point victory over Atlanta, the tireless..." April 02

  • DeMarcus Cousins after Pelicans win: Strange facing Kings again

    ESPN "DeMarcus Cousins said he didn't want to make Friday night's game about him, even if the opponent was the same team he suited up for in the first 470 games of his NBA career. But there were indeed moments that reminded him of the disconnect between his past with the Sacramento Kings and his new..." April 01

  • Pelicans plan to launch Development League team for 2018-19 season

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson intends to launch his own NBA Development League team that will begin play during the 2018-19 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League. The Pelicans have not selected a city where the team will be located, but they have sent a request..." April 01

  • Cousins leads Pelicans past his former team

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins spent the last two days insisting his first rematch against his former team, the Sacramento Kings, wasn't about him. Then the newly acquired New Orleans Pelicans center went out and proved it really was. Playing with equal measures of passion and poise,..." March 31

  • DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I was mentally gone’

    The Undefeated "The stress of being traded, personal pressure to succeed instantly with his new team and the craziness of Mardi Gras took a toll on New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins. In search of a mental escape, the Mobile, Alabama, native took a two-hour drive to his hometown about two weeks ago..." March 31

  • Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans past Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both exceeded their lofty scoring averages for the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. On top of that, they had three teammates score in double figures, and the Pelicans needed all of that offense to hold off the Dallas Mavericks 121-118 at..." March 30

  • Omer Asik, Quincy Pondexter Out For Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans confirmed today that neither Asik nor Pondexter will return to action this season. Asik, who is recovering from a gastrointestinal infection, is expected to resume basketball activities in about three or four weeks." March 30

  • Rumor: Dell Demps out, Joe Dumars in with Pelicans?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is on shaky ground. What about New Orleans general manager Dell Demps? A long-swirling rumor is getting renewed. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders: A few league sources peg the New Orleans Pelicans as a team that is going to make sweeping changes once their..." March 30

  • DeMarcus Cousins channels inner Marshawn Lynch, gives same response to questions about playing Kings

    Sporting News "The Pelicans' matchup against the Kings on Friday night pits DeMarcus Cousins against his former team for the first time since being traded from Sacramento, the franchise that drafted him fifth overall in 2010. But more importantly than that juicy storyline, it's another opportunity for New..." March 30

  • Gobert guides Jazz to season sweep of Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- A lack of fire and energy became enough of a problem in recent losses to cause Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert to publicly question the competitiveness of his teammates. They answered the criticism in the best way possible. Buoyed by Gobert's 20 points, 19 rebounds and five..." March 28

  • Master P says Pelicans should hire him as assistant coach: 'I'm serious

    Pro Basketball Talk "Did you know Master P had two NBA contracts? Percy Miller was with the Hornets before the 1999 season and the Raptors before the 1999-00 season. But he was cut in the preseason both times. These were mostly publicity stunts. Still, the rapper could actually play a bit. NBA quality? He long..." March 28

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • Lots of Davis, no Cousins in Pelicans' win at Denver

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis left a lasting mark on the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference playoff race through three quarters on Sunday night. Then, he took a seat in the fourth. Might as well enjoy the rest now -- the Pelicans aren't throwing in the towel on the..." March 26

  • Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins says Rockets' Ryan Anderson guilty of flopping

    ESPN "Physical play in the paint as Ryan Anderson attempted to defend DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans led to two official video reviews, two common fouls and terse words afterward from both opposing forwards. "Flop, review,..." March 25

  • Harden's 38 points help Rockets beat Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni almost sensed the potential for something unseemly before the tipoff, wondering aloud what might come after he gave his team two days off following their home victory on Monday night. Trailing by virtue of their own issues with ball security, the..." March 24

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