Pelicans Rumors & News

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Reuniting Anthony Davis with Terrence Jones by moving Omer Asik

    The Bird Writes "As one probably surmised by the piece I wrote earlier this week, I am hell-bent on getting Omer Asik out of New Orleans before the end of the summer. My new plan to remove the mismatched center from town involves a trade with the Houston Rockets... and yes, you read that right! The Rockets are..." June 26

  • Buddy Hield taken 6th by Pelicans

    SB Nation "With the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season. Four years at Oklahoma means Hield will turn 23 just a month into his NBA career, but his polished game is one of..." June 23

  • Mavs, Nets and Pelicans among the teams interested in Jan Vesely

    Sportando "As reported by Ismail Senol, the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams interested in big-man Jan Vesely. He'll be a free-agent this summer after a very strong season with Fenerbahce and may return to the NBA. Vesely could attract offers in the..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • GM Dell Demps not ruling out possibility Pelicans could explore trading No. 6 pick

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The last time the New Orleans Pelicans had the sixth overall pick three years ago, General Manager Dell Demps made a surprising draft night trade. After selecting former Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel with the pick, Demps promptly shipped him and their 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Five potential trade destinations for Derrick Rose

    Sportsnaut "While a lot of the talk surrounding the Chicago Bulls has involved Jimmy Butler, there’s a growing sense that the team might look to move former MVP Derrick Rose this summer instead. This makes a ton of sense for multiple reasons. First off, it’s become readily apparent that Butler and Rose..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Mock drafts split on Buddy Hield or Kris Dunn to the New Orleans Pelicans

    The Bird Writes "The New Orleans Pelicans look like they will have at least one of the top three guard prospects available when they are on the clock with the sixth pick. Who? Unlike last week things are becoming more muddy, not less. Surveying four prominent NBA mock drafts finds an even split between long time..." June 12

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Kent Bazemore could be free agent target for New Orleans Pelicans, per report

    Peachtree Hoops "Word of Danny Ferry's next job with the New Orleans Pelicans only recently came to light, but there are already potential ramifications for the Atlanta Hawks. Free agent swingman Kent Bazemore is set to hit the open market on July 1, and one report indicates that the Pelicans could become a suitor..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Pelicans hire Danny Ferry to be special advisor

    Today's Fastbreak "The New Orleans Pelicans have hired former Atlanta Hawks president Danny Ferry to be a special advisor, the team announced Wednesday morning. The Undefeated’s Marc Spears first reported the hire. There had been some rumblings that Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was on thin ice, and when..." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Are Al Horford And Ryan Anderson A Good Free Agency Fit For The Magic?

    Orlando Sentinel "In the pursuit of a big forward to complement center Nik Vucevic, the Magic should be on Al Horford's crowded doorstep the minute free agency opens July 1. The line will be long. They might also need to express their love for 3-point shooting forwards Ryan Anderson and Chandler Parsons. The..." June 06

  • Pelicans might have to select between Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield

    The Bird Writes "Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield were neck and neck on our first big board. Who do you like between those two for the Pelicans and why? Isaac Constans: I prefer Jamal Murray. While I have no questions about the scoring prowess of Buddy, you see what you get. You know that Buddy Buckets will find a..." June 04

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Bryce Dejean-Jones shot dead while screaming for girlfriend in apartment, NBA concludes

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones went to the wrong apartment unit, forced his way in and approached the bedroom yelling for his girlfriend before he was fatally shot, according to the NBA's official security report obtained by ESPN. Dejean-Jones, 23, was killed in Dallas early..." May 30

  • Conflicting Reports On Why Pelicans Bryce Dejean-Jones Broke Into Man’s Apt Before Shooting

    Black Sports Online "What we know is that Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot when he forced his way into an apartment at 3am. Why he broke into that apartment is in dispute." May 29

  • Dejean-Jones was killed after he "kicked open door" to an apartment, the man sleeping inside woke up and shot him

    Dallas Morning News "NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed early Saturday after he broke into a Dallas apartment he believed belonged to an “estranged acquaintance” and instead startled a man he didn’t know, according to police and apartment management. The 23-year-old New Orleans Pelicans guard “kicked..." May 28

  • Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones dies after gunshot wound

    Ames Tribune "Former Iowa State men’s basketball player and current New Orleans Pelican Bryce Dejean-Jones has died, the Dallas (Texas) County coroner’s office confirmed to the Ames Tribune on Saturday. He was 23 years old. " May 28

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Three teams who could trade for Tyreke Evans

    Pelican Debrief "The New Orleans Pelicans have a potential planning nightmare on their hands this offseason with Tyreke Evans still residing on the roster. Despite his talents, his presence necessarily limits the ability to develop a young ball handler selected in the draft. Whether it be Kris Dunn or another..." May 19

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Ryan Anderson says he was nearly traded to Cavs, looks forward to free agency market

    The Advocate "Ryan Anderson might well leave the New Orleans Pelicans in free agency this summer. He almost left New Orleans a little sooner. As a guest on “The Vertical Podcast” with JJ Redick on Monday, Anderson said he nearly was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline before Cleveland..." May 17

  • Alvin Gentry will join Pelicans GM Dell Demps to scout NBA Combine prospects

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will join general manager Dell Demps to scout players during the NBA Draft Combine that began on Wednesday in Chicago. Gentry was forced to skip the opening day of the Combine to attend his induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alumni Hall of Fame on..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Dell Demps To Meet With Pelicans' Ownership, Expected To Keep Job

    Real GM Basketball "Dell Demps will meet with officials from the New Orleans Pelicans' ownership on Monday. The expectation is Demps will be retained as general manager." April 23

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Pelicans medical staff grades poorly in comparison to their NBA rivals

    The Bird Writes "In yesterday's press conference, Alvin Gentry pointed to injuries first and foremost. They were a common theme, and towards the end of his speech he gave the medical staff a strong vote of confidence. Should he have? The Los Angeles Lakers set the NBA injury benchmarks in previous years,..." April 15

  • Anthony Davis begins multi-month process to return to court

    NBA.com "His season officially ended March 20, but Anthony Davis was spotted regularly during the New Orleans Pelicans’ final few road trips, discussing basketball with some of his less experienced teammates and providing moral support during games. At first, the three-time All-Star was forced to get..." April 15

  • Timberwolves set franchise scoring record in win

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Amid speculation that their head coach will not return next season, the Minnesota Timberwolves closed out the 2015-16 season with an impressive flourish. The Timberwolves routed the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 144-109 Wednesday at Target Center, setting a franchise record..." April 13

  • Scar tissue: Behind the curtain of the Pelicans' training operations

    ESPN "Ask virtually anyone within the New Orleans Pelicans organization about the mass of injuries the team has endured this season, and they'll tell you the same thing: They've never been part of anything like this in their NBA careers. "I say this is a Job season," says Alvin Gentry, who is in his..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Butler sparks Bulls' win over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- For a team viewing the upcoming NBA playoffs from the outside looking in, these are the dog days of spring, and no one knows that better than Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who has played the last month while battling a sore knee. But when the Bulls needed him the most..." April 11

  • Pelicans' Holiday undergoes successful eye surgery

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery Monday to repair an orbital wall fracture in his right eye. The 25-year-old was shut down for the remainder of the season March 29 after suffering the injury the night before. The timetable for Holiday's return is 6-8 weeks,..." April 11

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