Pelicans Rumors & News

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Tony Allen: Russell Westbrook ‘Definitely Flopped’ vs DeMarcus Cousins

    SLAM Online "DeMarcus Cousins was booted out of Monday night’s game in OKC after referees determined that he elbowed Russell Westbrook in the head. Tony Allen was pretty sure that Russ flopped in order to draw the flagrant foul on his Pelicans teammate. New Orleans withstood Boogie’s ejection and held on..." November 21

  • Anthony Davis cleared of concussion, probable vs. Oklahoma City

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Sunday that forward Anthony Davis is probable to play in Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Davis was entered into the concussion protocol during Friday's 146-114 loss to Denver after bumping heads with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the third..." November 20

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis has bruise of orbital bone, probable for OKC

    ESPN "The New Orleans Pelicans said Sunday that forward Anthony Davis has a bruise of the orbital bone above his right eye and has been cleared of the original diagnosis of a concussion. He is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Davis left Friday night's..." November 19

  • Anthony Davis suffers concussion after nasty head clash with Nikola Jokic

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Anthony Davis left early with a concussion in the New Orleans Pelicans' 146-114 blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Davis, who finished with 17 points and five rebounds, took a shot to the head from Denver center Nikola Jokic in the third quarter and left the..." November 18

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Rajon Rondo expected to make Pelicans debut vs. Atlanta

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans announced that point guard Rajon Rondo is available to play and is expected to make his regular-season debut against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Rondo missed the first 13 games of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury that he..." November 14

  • Report: Pelicans Release Josh Smith After Playing in 3 Games

    SLAM Online "The New Orleans Pelicans have released Josh Smith after just 14 days with the team, according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania. " November 10

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Davis expected to return from knee injury vs. Cavs

    Clutch Points "To begin the 2017-18 NBA season, Anthony Davis has gotten off to a strong start. The 24-year-old is filling up the stat sheet once again by averaging 24.3 points and 12.8 rebounds. Unfortunately, he has not played in the last two games after injuring his knee early against the Portland Trail..." October 28

  • DeMarcus Cousins Received A Warm Welcome From Kings Fans Before His First Game Back In Sacramento

    Dime Magazine "DeMarcus Cousins is back in Sacramento, and he heard it from his former fans on Thursday night. But what was it, exactly? Would the Kings fans he played for until this past February boo him since he was traded after the All-Star Game in New Orleans? Cousins was always enigmatic, and he’s known..." October 27

  • Source: Injury-plagued Pelicans reach deal with veteran Josh Smith

    ESPN "The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal with free-agent forward Josh Smith, a source told ESPN's Bobby Marks. The Pelicans will add Smith after being granted an extra roster spot via the injury-hardship exception. New Orleans qualified for the exception because four players have missed..." October 26

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • DeMarcus Cousins Regrets Not Leaving Sacramento When He Had The Chance

    Uproxx "DeMarcus Cousins exited Sacramento more than six months ago and his new team, the New Orleans Pelicans, has its own set of challenges. However, the ultra-talented center recently reflected on his time with the Kings prior to his first game in Sacramento since the trade. In short, he told Marc..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis exits with knee injury; MRI comes back negative

    ESPN "An MRI on the left knee of New Orleans Pelicans All-Star big man Anthony Davis came back negative, coach Alvin Gentry said after the team's 103-93 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in Portland, Oregon. Davis is considered day-to-day, a league source told ESPN's Adrian..." October 25

  • DeMarcus Cousins says he had opportunity to leave Kings when George Karl arrived

    Pro Basketball Talk "DeMarcus Cousins is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, but according to the All-Star big man he could have made his exit from California even sooner. Speaking to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Cousins says that he had an opportunity to leave the Sacramento Kings when former coach George Karl..." October 25

  • New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins fined $25,000

    NBA.com "New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language towards a fan, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 0:50 remaining in the 4th quarter of the Pelicans’..." October 21

  • Jameer Nelson, Pelicans Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract

    Bleacher Report "The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent guard Jameer Nelson on Saturday, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Denver Nuggets waived the 35-year-old Nelson on Thursday after they signed veteran forward Richard Jefferson. " October 21

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Tony Allen has emotional reaction to news Grizzlies will be retiring his jersey

    Larry Brown Sports "Tony Allen may be wearing a New Orleans Pelicans uniform these days, but his heart will always be with in Memphis. The Grizzlies announced Thursday that Allen, who played with them for seven years and was a crucial part of their identity, will be getting his jersey retired. Speaking with..." October 12

  • Pelicans preview: DeMarcus Cousins-Anthony Davis experiment on short leash

    CBS Sports "While the rest of the league was zigging, the New Orleans Pelicans decided to zag. As the league continued to steer toward smaller, positionless basketball, the Pelicans traded a modest package to the Sacramento Kings in the hours following February's All-Star Game to acquire DeMarcus Cousins,..." October 12

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • New Orleans Pelicans' Rajon Rondo out 4-6 weeks after surgery

    NBA.com "The New Orleans Pelicans say veteran guard Rajon Rondo is expected to be sidelined about four to six weeks following surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury. Rondo's injury occurred during New Orleans' preseason game at Oklahoma City on Friday night. The Pelicans say Rondo traveled..." October 10

  • Rajon Rondo could undergo sports hernia surgery

    ESPN "New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo may need surgery to repair a sports hernia, according to coach Alvin Gentry. Rondo is scheduled to visit a specialist Monday in Philadelphia before determining whether surgery is needed. Gentry told reporters Sunday that he did not know how long..." October 09

  • Rajon Rondo diagnosed with sports hernia, will see specialist

    CBS Sports "Rondo is reportedly dealing with a sports hernia and will be seeing a specialist to determine the next step on Monday, Sean Kelley of ESPN radio reports. Rondo's timetable for a return likely depends on whether or not he decides to undergo surgery or try and play through it, so we'll have to..." October 08

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Rajon Rondo sees his job being easier playing with Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Rajon Rondo has played with some of the top scorers around the league during his time in the NBA, but playing alongside Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins was something that was hard for him to pass up. The New Orleans Pelicans signed the veteran point guard during the offseason to be the..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • New Orleans Pelicans and Cliff Alexander Agree To Deal

    Basketball Insiders "The New Orleans Pelicans and free agent forward Cliff Alexander have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders. The addition of Alexander will give New Orleans 20 players heading into training camp. Alexander spent last season playing 40 combined..." September 25

  • Quincy Pondexter tells revealing story to ESPN, but Pelicans sources react to details

    The Advocate "Quincy Pondexter finally broke his silence. The former New Orleans Pelicans’ guard told his story to ESPN, outlining the various surgeries, infections, rehabilitation stints and obstacles that sidelined him for two seasons. During the string of 164 consecutive games missed, Pondexter never..." September 25

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • 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