Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Dante Cunningham re-signing with Pelicans

    Pro Basketball Talk "An intriguing battle emerged late in free agency over Dante Cunningham. The Pelicans and Timberwolves were desperate at small forward, and Cunningham rare contributor at the position still available. New Orleans even traded a second-rounder and cash to dump Quincy Pondexter and get far enough..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Report: Jarrett Jack coming to Knicks camp on one-year, non-guaranteed deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Knicks are bringing in another veteran point guard to camp, just to have a look. There had been reports before they had interest in veteran Jarrett Jack, and he has convinced them his knees are healthy enough to deserve a shot. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders was first with the..." September 15

  • Ian Clark wants, will get chance to show what he can do with Pelicans

    Pro Basketball Talk "When you buried on the depth chart behind the best backcourt in the NBA — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — minutes and opportunities can be hard to come by. Ian Clark will get a ring for his efforts with the Golden State Warriors last season, but what he longed for was more opportunities. And..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Pelicans, Tony Allen Finalizing One-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans are finalizing a one-year contract with veteran swingman Tony Allen, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. Barring a late breakdown in negotiations, this ends a prolonged free agent odyssey for the 35-year-old defensive stalwart. Early in the process, the Clippers were reportedly..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • What does the future hold for DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans?

    Yardbarker "In Kevin Arnovitz’s lengthy examination of the mutually toxic relationship between the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins, the temperamental star reflects on a January 2015 film session in which he screamed at interim head coach Ty Corbin and stormed out of the room: I feel bad for Ty Corbin…..." September 09

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Pelicans interested in Iman Shumpert, but deal unlikely

    Pro Basketball Talk "The New Orleans Pelicans are desperate for help at the three. Solomon Hill — who is better as a small-ball four — was set to play the three, but he is now going to miss most or all of the season with a torn hamstring. The Pelicans are so desperate they worked out Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, and..." September 02

  • Frank Jackson will undergo surgery after breaking foot

    Yardbarker "Frank Jackson’s professional career is off to a rough start. The New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard broke his foot according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and will undergo surgery on Friday. The Pelicans made Jackson the first pick in the second round of the draft. " September 01

  • Pelicans Work Out Josh Smith, Other Veterans

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans worked out a number of veteran players that could potentially be used to fill the void at small forward in the wake of Solomon Hill‘s hamstring injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN revealed on his podcast. Included in the workout were Josh Smith, Chase Budinger and Martell..." August 31

  • Reports: Bulls Acquire Quincy Pondexter, 2nd-Round Pick From Pelicans "The Bulls on Thursday acquired guard Quincy Pondexter from the Pelicans, according to multiple reports. The move is a salary dump for New Orleans, which will also send a 2018 second-round pick to Chicago, CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill reported. The 29-year-old Pondexter is owed $3.85 million..." August 31

  • Pelicans, Timberwolves Vying For Dante Cunningham

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans are intent on re-signing forward Dante Cunningham, but the Timberwolves have been aggressively pursuing his services as well, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Twitter). Over the course of the past three seasons, Cunningham has started 108 games for the Pels, establishing..." August 30

  • Damian Lillard Wants To Team Up With Anthony Davis in Portland

    SLAM Online "Blazers star Damian Lillard knows that he and CJ McCollum need another star to compete with the titans of the Western Conference. Asked which player he’d most like to join the Blazers, Dame replied with the handle of Pelicans star Anthony Davis. While Davis is under contract until 2021, he’s..." August 28

  • Solomon Hill undergoes surgery to repair torn hamstring

    ESPN "New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill underwent surgery to repair a torn hamstring and could miss a portion of the 2017-18 regular season, league sources told ESPN. Hill started 71 games for the Pelicans in 2016-17, averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds." August 27

  • DeMarcus Cousins On Confederate Statues: 'Take All Them Motherf**kers Down'

    TMZ "DeMarcus Cousins says there's no question about it ... every single Confederate statue needs to COME DOWN ASAP. With Confederate monuments coming down in Tampa, Baltimore and Virginia ... we asked the Pelicans star about rebel statues in New Orleans and in his home state of Alabama. "Take..." August 18

  • Aging Pelicans’ owner couldn’t remember Anthony Davis’ name in deposition

    The Advocate "Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson couldn't remember exactly where his football team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Or the name of his basketball team's most famous player. He was giving a deposition, getting grilled by an attorney for a former employee pursuing a labor complaint against him..." August 18

  • Demarcus Cousins: A kingmaker after all

    Yardbarker "A man a little too well known for his proficiency in antagonistic behavior overshadowing his supreme talent in the purple and slate gray, DeMarcus Cousins, still looms as a central figure in Sacramento. He’s the catalyst, the kingmaker you could say, of the current happiness and hope emanating..." August 15

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Knicks' Carmelo Anthony won't waive no-trade clause to join Pelicans

    CBS Sports "After weeks of reports and rumors, the Carmelo Anthony trade talks have apparently stalled. With the All-Star forward holding a no-trade clause, the Knicks have to get his approval for a deal, which has made the negotiations difficult, as Anthony reportedly has indicated he only will agree to be..." August 10

  • Anthony Davis Was Assured By Pelicans He Wouldn't Be Traded

    Real GM Basketball "Anthony Davis was asked about his future with the New Orleans Pelicans by kids at a basketball camp this week. "I get asked all types of random stuff," he said with smile. "The craziest (question) was if I was going to Boston." Davis referenced the question as a joke but he also acknowledged..." August 10

  • DeMarcus Cousins’ return to Sacramento to be nationally televised

    Sportsnaut "The NBA knows exactly what it is doing. How else could we explain the Association scheduling the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day last year? The NBA embraces its drama and wants everyone posssible to watch it unfold. Set to release its schedule for marquee games on..." August 10

  • Anthony Davis explains why he doesn't want to work out with other NBA players

    CBS Sports "In recent years, it's become a trend for NBA players to work out together in the summer. Whether it's in private sessions in a random gym, running together at organized pickup games, or playing on the same team in pro-am leagues, guys are constantly on the court together, even if they aren't..." August 10

  • Anthony Davis says talks with Dell Demps, his agent eased concerns over trade rumors

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's hard for NBA players to avoid the rumor mill during the offseason, and Anthony Davis learned that the hard way on Tuesday. The New Orleans Pelicans star hosted his basketball camp for kids ages 7-15 at UNO this week, and he spoke to reporters on Tuesday about the experience. Davis was..." August 09

  • Cousins suggests he'd like to see Melo join Pelicans

    The Score "DeMarcus Cousins may have subtly revealed the identity of one of the stars he's been trying to recruit. The New Orleans Pelicans center recently admitted he's reached out to "some of the biggest names on the block" to join forces with him and fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis. Cousins..." August 07

  • Thinner Boogie: 'The best I have felt my whole career'

    CBS Sports "The biggest stories in New Orleans this summer have been the team's work at the point guard position, as they re-signed Jrue Holiday and added Rajon Rondo. Flying a bit under the radar, but perhaps just as important, has been DeMarcus Cousins' weight loss. The big man has long been one of the..." August 06

  • Cousins trying to recruit 'biggest names on the block' to New Orleans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans have been very active this offseason looking for ways to improve their roster through free agency. But one of the organization's busiest recruiters this summer has been All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry--who is joining Cousins on a trip..." August 04

  • DeMarcus Cousins on playing in Sacramento: ‘I just got a lot to get off my chest. I can’t wait’

    Pro Basketball Talk "I love how DeMarcus Cousins always wears his emotions on his sleeve. It doesn’t always serve him well. But as an outside observer, it’s fun to watch someone so openly express his feelings. And Cousins has made no secret of how he feels about the Kings, who traded him after saying they..." August 03

  • Bulls PF calls Rajon Rondo the best teammate he’s had in the NBA

    Larry Brown Sports "Public opinion of Rajon Rondo as a teammate has taken a dramatic nosedive these last few years, but Bobby Portis definitely doesn’t agree with that idea. In a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls big man replied to a question about the best teammate he’s had in the NBA so far by tweeting..." August 02

  • Report: Ian Clark signs one-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans "After a two-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, guard Ian Clark reportedly is on his way to the New Orleans Pelicans. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the free-agent deal, which has not been announced by New Orleans." August 02

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Anthony Davis: Pelicans ‘Tired of Losing’

    SLAM Online "Anthony Davis says his Pelicans are “tired of losing.” The All-Star big man believes New Orleans has what it takes to be successful next season. Davis and fellow All-Star teammate DeMarcus Cousins have been working out together this summer, and AD is excited to play alongside Rajon..." July 26

  • Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Axel Toupane

    Real GM Basketball "The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Quinn Cook and guard/forward Axel Toupane. Cook, 6-2, 184, who was signed on March 19 after spending the 2016 training camp with the Pelicans, appeared in nine games last season with New Orleans, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 assists in 12.3 minutes per..." July 25

  • Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins working out together this summer

    ESPN "Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are working out together this summer in an effort to get a head start on training camp and the 2017-18 season. The New Orleans Pelicans' star big men have been working out both in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Cousins played in 17 games for the Pelicans after..." July 24

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry: Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo will both start

    Pro Basketball Talk "After signing Jrue Holiday to a massive contract, the Pelicans added Rajon Rondo while putting out word that the two point guards would play together. They won’t just play together. They’ll start together. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry confirmed the plan on Dunc & Holder then expanded (hat..." July 21

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Anthony Davis trade to Celtics would require ‘greatest package’ in NBA history

    Sportsnaut "We recently covered a report that indicated the Boston Celtics would love to make a move for New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis. But according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, it wouldn’t be a cheap deal. Duh. Appearing on CSNNE’s “Arabella Early Edition,” Mannix said it might take..." July 19

  • Alvin Gentry to start Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday in backcourt

    Clutch Points "New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry already has plans to put his new signing, point guard Rajon Rondo, to work alongside newly re-signed Jrue Holiday, starting the two alongside each other in the backcourt, he told the Dunc and Holder podcast via Mason Grinberg. Rondo will operate as..." July 18

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Celtics could make a run at Anthony Davis if pairing with DeMarcus Cousins fails

    CBS Sports "The Celtics just pulled in Gordon Hayward over the offseason and they were very involved in trade talks for Paul George. It's no secret that if a big name is out there then Danny Ainge and Boston are going to make a run at them in some way. Ainge's latest target could be the Pelicans' Anthony..." July 17

  • DeMarcus Cousins played pivotal role in recruiting Rajon Rondo to Pelicans

    Yardbarker "DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are reunited, and it feels so good. Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports on Saturday that Cousins was “pivotal” in recruiting Rondo to the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins and Rondo were previously teammates on the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16, a year that saw..." July 16

  • Pelicans to sign Rajon Rondo to a one-year deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans added some help to their backcourt on Saturday when they reached agreement to sign veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year deal, a source confirmed. The Vertical was the first to report the news. The amount he signed for is still unclear. ESPN reported that..." July 15

  • Rajon Rondo Rumors: Pelicans to Meet with PG to Discuss 1-Year Contract

    Bleacher Report "ESPN's Zach Lowe reported Thursday that the New Orleans Pelicans and free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo are set to meet and discuss a potential one-year deal. Rondo was waived by the Chicago Bulls in June after spending one season with the team." July 13

  • Knicks and Rockets move closer to trade as Pelicans want in

    New York Post "The Rockets will hold a lavish press conference Friday to introduce Chris Paul — with guests including James Harden, coach Mike D’Antoni, GM Daryl Morey and owner Les Alexander. Sources told The Post there will be no surprise announcement, no surprise visitor in Carmelo Anthony. Maybe that will..." July 13