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  • Jrue Holiday is cold-blooded monster who could help propel New Orleans Pelicans to best season ever

    The Bird Writes "Jrue Holiday, lead guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, has been one of the best players in the league over the last calendar year despite the lack of fanfare. Of course, you’re here for Pelicans content and we’re all a little biased toward our guys — what..." November 19

  • Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton to miss 6 weeks after surgery

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans will be without Elfrid Payton for approximately six weeks as the point guard is set to have surgery Tuesday for his fractured left pinky finger, the team announced Monday (Nov. 19). Payton injured the finger in last Friday’s win over the New..." November 19

  • NBA Rumors: Pelicans interested in Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr.

    Clutch Points "The New Orleans Pelicans could possibly take a big swing in the near future, as they have expressed interest in Washington Wizards swingman Otto Porter Jr., according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. Porter, who signed a beefy four-year, $106.5..." November 19

  • Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton will undergo surgery on fractured finger

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton will need surgery on his fractured left pinky finger, coach Alvin Gentry said on Saturday. Gentry said the Pelicans won’t know how long Payton will be out until the surgery is completed. “There’s not a whole..." November 17

  • Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton fractures finger in first game returning from 9-game absence

    Clutch Points "New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Elfrid Payton just can’t catch a break. After missing the previous nine games due to a right ankle injury, Payton returned to the Pelicans’ lineup Friday against the New York Knicks. His return, however, was..." November 17

  • Jarrett Jack Believes Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis Will Join LeBron James On Lakers

    NESN "LeBron James surprised many when he elected to join the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency without another superstar joining him in Southern California. But he shouldn’t have to wait too long to get the next Robin to his Batman in the fold. The Lakers will have the cap..." November 16

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver previews technological advances coming to help fans enjoy games

    CBS Sports "The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, but even with the talent and interest in the league at an all-time high, it's always looking at ways to improve the experience. Especially for fans. One way that could be possible is through the use of augmented and virtual..." November 15

  • Wesley Johnson gives Alvin Gentry wealth of options with dynamic New Orleans Pelicans rotation

    The Bird Writes "“This is a big statement game for us. To get back in the win column, and get back over .500, and to beat a team like this gives us a lot of confidence.” — Anthony Davis after the Pelicansknocked off the Raptors, 126-110. New Orleans notched their..." November 13

  • Timberwolves' final three offers revealed

    CBS Sports "The Jimmy Butler saga is finally over. Nearly a month into the regular season, with Butler sitting out multiple games a week and the Timberwolves struggling to a 4-9 start, they finally pulled the trigger on a trade. Butler is now off to the 76ers along with Justin Patton in exchange for Robert..." November 12

  • New Orleans Pelicans in Desperation Mode to Keep Anthony Davis?

    The Big Lead "After the Jimmy Butler-to-Philadelphia 76ers trade was completed, Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a terrific piece detailing the final days of the Butler saga, and why it could cost Tom Thibodeau his job. It was a classic Woj piece: incisive, aggressive, and filled with terrific nuggets...." November 12

  • Report: Wolves talked to Pels, Wizards about Butler

    CBS Sports "The Jimmy Butler saga is finally over. Nearly a month into the regular season, with Butler sitting out multiple games a week and the Timberwolves struggling to a 4-9 start, they finally pulled the trigger on a trade. Butler is now off to the 76ers along with Justin Patton in exchange for Robert..." November 11

  • FAs Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent, without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then that club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 08

  • NBA To Televise 2019 All-Star Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but..." November 07

  • Should We Be Concerned About Anthony Davis?

    Bleacher Report "In the cosmic "survival of the New Orleans Pelicans" sense, no one should ever stop worrying about Anthony Davis. If you value the limited basketball relevance that AD's presence has created for New Orleans, you should wake up most nights glistening in a sheen of..." November 07

  • Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

    Real GM Basketball "Before Nikola Mirotic was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, he wasn't a particularly popular member of the organization. The front office reportedly couldn't wait to trade Mirotic and some of his teammates weren't particularly bothered when he was..." November 07

  • Pelicans have perfect frontcourt complementary piece next to Anthony Davis in Nikola Mirotic

    The Bird Writes "As evidenced by earning the starting nod over Julius Randle, the New Orleans Pelicans had lofty expectations entering the 2018-19 season for Nikola Mirotic, “The Shaven One,” and he’s living up to the hype. Mirotic and Anthony..." November 05

  • Anthony Davis: 'I got to play almost perfect every night to give us a chance to win'

    Yahoo! Sports "Two minutes into Wednesday’s contest against the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis recognized favorable coverage and called for the ball down low. Damian Jones, the Warriors’ 23-year-old starting center, was in..." November 02

  • Anthony Davis Hopeful DeMarcus Cousins Can Return To Pelicans

    Hoops Rumors "DeMarcus Cousins didn’t re-sign with the Pelicans when he reached free agency four months ago, but Anthony Davis remains hopeful that his old frontcourt partner will return to New Orleans at some point down the road, he said on Thursday. “He will..." November 02

  • Anthony Davis Focused On Pelicans, Not 2021 Free Agency

    Real GM Basketball "Anthony Davis was asked about his future with the Pelicans a few months away from potentially signing a supermax contract. Davis can become a free agent in 2021 if he doesn't sign an extension. "I got two years to '20-'21. I'm here and whatever happens after that..." November 02

  • Anthony Davis hoping to 'reconnect' with DeMarcus Cousins down the line

    Sporting News "Anthony Davis would like to play with DeMarcus Cousins again. "He will be a free agent next year," Davis told ESPN after the Pelicans' loss to the Warriors on Wednesday. "Hopefully, down the line we can reconnect." Davis and Cousins played..." November 01

  • How NBA sparked the American sports gambling gold rush

    ESPN "On a Saturday afternoon in October, the race and sportsbook at the Borgata Hotel Casino is packed with horse racing enthusiasts cheering on the ponies. No one is paying attention to what's hanging on the wall, but it's a big deal, a sign of a monumental shift in the American..." November 01

  • Draymond Green says Warriors 'want to win' against Pelicans for DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday

    CBS Sports "Halloween may end up looking a whole lot scarier for the Pelicans on Wednesday, as they travel to The Bay to play the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are rolling at 7-1 this season, and various players have looked unstoppable at various times. However, it's a guy who won't be on the..." October 31

  • Davis to return against Warriors

    The Score ""The Brow" appears to be ready for game action. Anthony Davis plans to return from a two-game absence Wednesday when the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Golden State Warriors, sources told Yahoo's Chris Haynes. " October 31

  • '107 is the new 100.' How scoring trends in the NBA are setting a new bar for what a good defense is.

    Los Angeles Times "Washington coach Scott Brooks stood outside the visiting locker room at Staples Center on Monday night, a tinge of defeatism in his voice — and this was before his team allowed the Clippers to score 136 points. The scoring this season is completely rewriting the rules of what a..." October 30

  • Report: NBA to Push Back Opening Night 1 Week for 2019-2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season will tip off Oct. 22, 2019, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday. By comparison, the 2018-19 campaign began Oct. 16, when the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road against the..." October 30

  • Davis, now with same agent as LeBron, tops Lakers' free agent wishlist

    Yardbarker "The Lakers secured LeBron James this summer, which has led to future thinking of which elite talents can potentially be paired with the four-time Most Valuable Player. Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register looks at Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis, who he writes..." October 27

  • Nets' Davis: Pelicans' Hill is 'a certified clown' for late flop leading to technical

    The Score "Brooklyn Nets big man Ed Davis doesn't excuse his shoving of Solomon Hill late in Friday's game at Smoothie King Center, but he also believes the New Orleans Pelicans forward exaggerated the contact which led to a technical foul being called. Hill approached Brooklyn's..." October 27

  • Pelicans issue statement responding to Stern calling Demps 'a lousy GM'

    The Score "The New Orleans Pelicans are defending Dell Demps after former NBA commissioner David Stern was critical of the general manager's job performance. "We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA commissioner regarding the New..." October 24

  • David Stern: Pelicans' Demps 'a lousy GM' who may lose Davis

    The Score "Four years removed from his retirement as NBA commissioner, David Stern appears to have put aside some of the decorum associated with the position. Still peppered with questions about his voiding of a 2011 trade that would have sent Chris Paul from the then-New Orleans..." October 24

  • NBA Execs Looking Ahead To 2019 Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Front office executives around the NBA, even on probable playoff teams, are already looking ahead to 2019’s free agent period, according to Brian Windhorst of, who notes that next summer’s group of star free-agents-to-be is generating plenty of early..." October 24

  • Pelicans To Get G League Affiliate For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans will launch a G League affiliate that will begin play in the 2019/20 season, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). According to Wojnarowski, the new G League franchise will eventually play in Birmingham, Alabama, but will start in Erie, Pennsylvania,..." October 23

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trades We Want to See This Season

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is underway. Teams are fighting for initial positioning, stars are asserting themselves as celestial presences and youngsters are trying to carve out larger roles in their rotations. The entertainment level is off the charts. We still want..." October 23

  • Woj: Anthony Davis Looking For Reasons To Stay More Than Reasons To Leave New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "Anthony Davis will be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason, which will go a long ways to determining what the future of the NBA holds depending on whether he chooses to sign it. If Davis decides not to sign the extension, the New Orleans Pelicans could look to trade..." October 23

  • AD wants to be great player on great team ‘every year. Not every other year. Not every few years. Every year’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Pelicans star Anthony Davis has made the playoffs just twice in six years. Last season was the first time he won a a series. That’s atypical for a player of his caliber. Davis, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN: “When you look at LeBron, every year you know..." October 19

  • Tim Frazier claimed by New Orleans

    CBS Sports "Frazier was claimed off waivers by the Pelicans on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Frazier was waived by the Bucks just a few days ago and will now be scooped up by New Orleans. " October 17

  • Alvin Gentry wouldn't trade Anthony Davis for anyone ... not even Beyonce

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry thinks very highly of his superstar forward Anthony Davis.  In fact, he admits his bias when he considers him the best player in the league. And he wouldn't trade him for anyone. Not even..." October 16

  • Clippers To Trade Wesley Johnson To Pelicans For Alexis Ajinca

    Hoops Rumors "The Clippers and Pelicans have reached a trade agreement that will send Alexis Ajincato Los Angeles and Wesley Johnson to New Orleans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Marc Stein of The New York Times first reported (via Twitter)..." October 15

  • Pelicans Waive Brandon McCoy, Darius Morris

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans have waived center Brandon McCoy and point guard Darius Morris, the team’s PR department tweets. New Orleans is now down to 18 players on the training camp roster, including two-way player Trevon Bluiett. Both appeared in three preseason games. McCoy..." October 13

  • Pelicans Waive Jarrett Jack, Garlon Green

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans have made two moves to get themselves to the required roster limit in anticipation of the upcoming regular season, officially announcing that they have waived veteran point guard Jarrett Jack and rookie forward Garlon Green. With the moves, New Orleans’ roster..." October 13

  • Anthony Davis considering Lakers as possible landing spot

    The Sports Daily "In the last few months, there has been some lingering chatter around New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis about possible interest to leave the franchise. According to Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports, Davis is reportedly considering joining the Lakers among four other..." October 13

  • Anthony Davis says stand aside, LeBron James and Kevin Durant: 'I see myself as the best' in the NBA

    CBS Sports "Anthony Davis is a contender for MVP this season -- he received two votes for the honor in CBS Sports' preseason awards predictions -- and for good reason. Not only is he one of the league's best players, and able to impact the game on both ends of the floor, but he'll have the..." October 12

  • Report: Jahlil Okafor 'veritable lock' to make Pelicans

    Yardbarker "The Pelicans only have 12 players on fully guaranteed contracts, leaving three potential openings on their 15-man regular-season roster. However, it sounds like one of those three spots has already been claimed. Okafor, who joined the Pelicans this summer after stints in Philadelphia..." October 11

  • Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins thinks former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis will win 2019 MVP

    Clutch Points "Despite leaving the New Orleans Pelicans to sign with the Golden State Warriorsthis offseason, DeMarcus Cousins still has a close friendship with Anthony Davisand believes that his former teammate is destined for great things this season. As the 2018-19..." October 10

  • Jahlil Okafor Reveals Struggles With Depression, Anxiety

    Real GM Basketball "Shortly after Jahlil Okafor was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets, he sat down with a staff member of his new team who helped him realize he might have been dealing with depression and anxiety. “I didn’t know I was dealing with depression and anxiety..." October 09

  • Report: Anthony Davis eyeing Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Knicks

    247 Sports "Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is currently playing in New Orleans, but he may have his eyes elsewhere. According to a report from Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports, Davis is considering a handful of teams when it comes to his NBA future. The All-Star..." October 09

  • Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis have reportedly talked about playing together with Celtics

    Larry Brown Sports "Kyrie Irving allowed Boston Celtics fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief on Thursday when he announced his intention to re-sign with the team after the upcoming season, and they could be even more excited to hear one of his potential plans for the future of the..." October 05

  • Jahlil Okafor To Miss 1-2 Weeks

    Hoops Rumors "Jahlil Okafor sprained his right ankle toward the end of the Pelicans‘ first preseason game on Sunday and he’s expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of the ailment, according to the team’s website. Okafor signed with New Orleans and was expected to..." October 03

  • Report: NBA won't allow Kanye's Yeezy court shoe with reflective panel

    The Score "Adidas' Yeezy basketball shoes will hit the hardwood at some point this season - just not with one design shown in a recent post by creator Kanye West. An industry source told ESPN's Nick DePaula that the sneakers wouldn't be approved as currently presented,..." October 02

  • Jahlil Okafor Left On Crutches After Injuring His Right Ankle In His Pelicans Debut

    Dime Magazine "Jahlil Okafor’s NBA career has not gone according to plan since being drafted third overall by the 76ers in the 2015 NBA Draft. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie, but quickly found himself losing minutes and falling out of favor with the Sixers over the next two years, as..." October 01

  • New Orleans inks Brandon McCoy to a contract

    Clutch Points "With training camp already underway and the NBA season set to begin, teams are scrambling to sign as much talent as possible in hopes of rounding out their roster. As such, the New Orleans Pelicans have inked undrafted center Brandon McCoy to a non-guaranteed deal. This news..." September 30