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  • Derrick Favors excited in leadership role despite being younger than some players

    Clutch Points "After playing with the Utah Jazz for nearly his entire career, Derrick Favors, now a 10-year vet, is moving on to a new chapter with the New Orleans Pelicans. In a piece by Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com, Favors expressed his excitement to step into a leadership role with the Pels – despite..." July 20

  • NBA Superstars Who Will Be on Trade Watch by Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Another star is always on the verge of being traded in the NBA. Even if he needs to come out of nowhere, the league always has a next man up. This summer alone is proof. The New Orleans Pelicans shipped Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 20

  • Zion Williamson Getting Full-Court Press from Puma, Nike In the Running

    TMZ "Zion Williamson has still NOT signed a shoe deal -- despite being the most sought after NBA draft pick since LeBron James -- and our sources say it's all because of Puma. Nike was believed to be the front-runner to sign Zion for months ... with legendary former Nike..." July 19

  • NBA Power Rankings Post-Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "OK, what just happened? That seismic shift you just felt on the NBA landscape? That was one of the wildest months in NBA history shaking up your favorite team; your parents' favorite team; your uncle's favorite team; heck, even the cat's favorite..." July 19

  • Best contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Lakers, Warriors find bargains during busy offseason

    Sporting News "Roughly 40 percent of the NBA entered free agency this offseason. Yeah, that's a big number. With so much talent flooding the market, some free agents were inevitably going to be signed to cheaper deals than expected. Which GMs managed to snag valuable players on bargain..." July 19

  • Worst contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Hornets, Kings weren't only teams to hand out bad deals

    Sporting News "Early in the 2016 NBA offseason, it became clear teams were passing out crazy contracts to average-at-best players. That's what happens when the league sees an unprecedented salary cap spike. Over the past three years, some general managers have gotten smarter with..." July 19

  • Report: Pelicans sign former LSU guard Josh Gray, Summer League forward Zylan Cheatham to two-way deals

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After appearing to have solidified what will likely be their 15-man roster moving forward this NBA season, the Pelicans have filled both of their two-way contract spots as well. According to The Athletic, former LSU guard Josh Gray and Pelicans Summer League standout Zylan Cheatham..." July 19

  • NBA Rumors: 30 Free-Agent Targets for 30 Teams Next Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Following a summer that saw Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and more change teams, 2020's free-agency class looks a bit sparse by comparison. That's not meant as a slight to players..." July 18

  • 10 NBA stars facing the most pressure in 2019-20

    Sportsnaut "Now that most of the pieces have been moved during what has been a frantic summer around the NBA, it’s time to look forward to the 2019-20 season. The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James, creating a ton of pressure for both..." July 18

  • JJ Redick, Who Had Been Off Twitter For A Year, Made A Burner Account To Follow Free Agency News

    Dime Magazine "In the summer of 2018, JJ Redick, who was one of the most active social media users in the NBA, decided to delete both his Twitter and Instagram accounts. “It’s a dark place,” Redick said of social media at the time. “It’s not a healthy place...." July 18

  • The NBA's Supermax Is Doing What It Was Supposed To

    Deadspin "The provisions of a collective bargaining agreement can be tricky things. After all, by definition they’re negotiated and agreed upon by parties with different and largely opposed interests, who will want different and often directly conflicting things out of them. The purpose or intent..." July 18

  • 5 NBA Players Poised for a Breakout Year in 2019-20

    12 Up "1. Lonzo Ball The NOLA Bayou is a far cry from the bright LA lights, which is perfect for Lonzo Ball. Ball came in with immense expectations, and like D’Angelo Russell, can thrive with a change of scenery as a former No. 2 overall pick. Zo hounds his opponents on defense while..." July 18

  • Detroit claims Christian Wood off waivers

    Clutch Points "Christian Wood has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Pistons, the team announced on Thursday. Wood was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this week. He was originally acquired by the team in March, being claimed off waivers following his release from the Milwaukee..." July 17

  • Who are next NBA stars (James Harden?!) to ride trade wave?

    Yardbarker "Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul and Paul George are “Patients Zero” for the trade epidemic that has rocked the NBA the past two years. Following disappointing ends to their respective 2016-17 seasons, each demanded a trade and was subsequently dealt to a new team that June. Butler went to..." July 17

  • Every NBA Team's Biggest Hole After Free-Agency Madness

    Bleacher Report "Another hectic round of NBA free agency has come and gone, and with the dust now settling, teams are left to grapple with the roster holes that went unfilled. Nothing, of course, is set in stone so far from training camps. But barring any more blockbuster trades, depth..." July 17

  • David Griffin: Pelicans got trade offers on Lonzo, Ingram, Hart

    247 Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans have been among the most active teams of the offseason, and they have the Anthony Davis trade to thank for that. It gave them the assets to be aggressive on the trade market while also increasing their salary cap flexibility in free agency. The Pelicans made a..." July 17

  • 3 Winners and Losers From the Hectic NBA Offseason

    12 Up "It really does feel like the NBA offseason is more entertaining than the regular season sometimes. This summer has shaken up the league tremendously with a bunch of old faces in new places, and plenty of mouths left agape after finding out who’s going where. Let’s take a look at..." July 16

  • Brandon Ingram Looked Pissed Off or High During Introductory Pelicans’ Press Conference

    Total Pro Sports "On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans officially introduced Derrick Favors, Lonzo Ball Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram to the New Orleans community with a press conference. While the other players had big smiles on their faces, Ingram seemed to be very pissed off or maybe even high out of..." July 16

  • Kendrick Perkins warns Zion Williamson to avoid New Orleans food

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the concerns surrounding Zion Williamson now that his NBA career has begun is his weight, and Kendrick Perkins thinks the former Duke star will have to work extra hard to avoid culinary temptations in New Orleans. Perkins, who spent a season with the Pelicans, said there are..." July 16

  • The Best Player From Every NBA Team

    Fadeaway World "Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season. You just can’t win in this league unless you..." July 16

  • Canada’s FIBA World Cup training camp features 17 NBA players

    Pro Basketball Talk "No Andrew Wiggins, no problem. The disconnect between Wiggins and Canada Basketball seemed like a big deal when Wiggins looked like a budding star from a country without much basketball pedigree. But Wiggins has stagnated. Canada, on the other hand, looks like a rising..." July 16

  • Predicting 5 Years from Now Which 2019 NBA Offseason Moves Look Best

    Bleacher Report "Nothing lasts forever. That's the lesson of the 2019 NBA offseason. Actually, based on the shake-ups, teardowns, undertakings and overhauls we saw this summer, it seems more accurate to say nothing lasts for more than a year or two. Example: Of the 25 players named to..." July 16

  • Big Baller Brand selling T-shirts, hats for $5 on clearance

    Larry Brown Sports "It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that LaVar Ball and his Big Baller Brand were being relentlessly mocked for selling $500 sneakers. The ridicule still exists, but for a much different reason now. At one of their pop-up shops over the weekend, Big Baller Brand was selling..." July 16

  • The 11 best rookies at the NBA Summer League, ranked

    SB Nation "NBA summer league lost its main attraction when Zion Williamson exited with a knee injury just nine minutes into his debut for the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson wasn’t the only top draft pick to miss time in Las Vegas: Ja Morant, Jarrett..." July 16

  • Predicting the Next Wave of Breakout NBA Stars

    Bleacher Report "Who will be the breakout stars of the 2019-20 NBA season?  Before we answer that question, we need to address what the term means, as both "breakout" and "star" can be somewhat subjective.  For the purpose of this article, we'll..." July 15

  • The next 3 NBA stars to change teams

    SB Nation "There has been unprecedented movement of NBA stars in recent years. It’s not over. It’s never over. The churn is eternal thanks to shorter NBA contracts, a player mindset that is less wed to the concept of staying with a single franchise over an entire career, and teams..." July 15

  • Christian Wood waived by New Orleans

    CBS Sports "Wood was waived by the Pelicans on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. New Orleans plucked Wood off waivers near the end of last season, but he'll be left off the roster as the team trims it down to 15 players. " July 15

  • NBA Rumors: Pelicans Could Trade Brandon Ingram For ‘All-Star-Type Player’

    Fadeaway World "Brandon Ingram has yet to establish himself as anything close to an All-Star level player in his short three-year tenure with the Lakers. The Pelicans have given Ingram the chance to start fresh. In a small market, with less pressure, the 21-year-old forward might have an easier time developing..." July 15

  • How Every Bad Free-Agency Signing Could Actually Work

    Bleacher Report "Did your favorite NBA team overspend on free agents this summer? Still scratching your head over that $60 million deal for the career backup? Has your team's front office lost it, or is there actually a plan here? For some big-money free agents, the initial numbers may..." July 15

  • Five Players Who Boosted Their Stock at NBA Summer League

    The Big Lead "The NBA Summer League is filled with illusions. There have been hundreds of players over the years fans got excited about who amounted to nothing after dominating in summer league. But there are still some summer league standouts who earned a roster spot and continue to play productive..." July 15

  • Top 10 NBA Players To Never Have A Triple-Double

    Fadeaway World "We can all agree that personal stats don’t always reflect on the true impact on your team, as you can have the best performance of your life and still lose by 20 points when playing in the NBA. However, some players have made a living out of piling up stats and logging..." July 15

  • Trades to Save Every NBA Free-Agency Loser

    Bleacher Report "The summer of 2019 has been the wildest offseason ride in NBA history. In less than a month, we were treated to the following transactions (and this is just a taste of everything that went down): There's more to a lot of those deals. For example, Butler went to..." July 15

  • Lonzo Ball Excited to Play with Zion Williamson, Pelicans After Lakers Trade

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball was in a car on his way to watch his brother LaMelo play in the Drew League when he learned via Twitter that he had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. After the Los Angeles Lakers drafted the point guard second overall in 2017 amid incredible hype and pressure,..." July 14

  • Anthony Davis on requesting trade from Pels: I 'wanted to take control of my career'

    The Score "Anthony Davis made headlines midway through the 2018-19 season when he publicly requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. The six-time All-Star grew tired of others making decisions for him and wanted to take matters into his own hands. "I just wanted to take..." July 13

  • Knicks Refused To Trade Mitchell Robinson In Trade For Anthony Davis

    Fadeaway World "The summer of stars has come and gone with the Knicks (somehow) failing to land a single one. The optimism they had for landing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, or even Kawhi Leonard all disappeared in the first few days of free agency when it became evident they would strike out on all of..." July 13

  • Coach K Says Zion Williamson Never Should've Played In NBA Summer League

    Forbes.com "Zion Williamson's NBA Summer League experience ended after one half of basketball. And his former coach thinks he never should've played Summer League to begin with. "No, I thought really he never should've played just because he's been on this circuit..." July 13

  • The 8 best players left in NBA free agency, ranked

    SB Nation "The opening eight hours of NBA free agency answered most of the questions we had about the future of the NBA, and the stunning Kawhi Leonard decision to join the Clippers with Paul Georgeanswered the rest. So who’s left on the board? Not too many people, now that..." July 12

  • The 10 Best Pairings In The NBA, Ranked

    Dime Magazine "For years, the NBA has been dictated by superteams. The squad that has found a way to get three or four All-NBA level players together has generally been the one that wins. We can debate for days whether or not that’s been a good or a bad thing, but for at least the start of the 2019-20..." July 12

  • Seth Greenberg: ‘Zion Williamson Is Significantly Overweight. He’s Not In Shape’

    Fadeaway World "Zion Williamson finally made it to the NBA and already played his first game in the Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans, but his participation was cut short due to a bruised knee, which is going to keep him sidelined for the rest of the competition. Pelicans VP of basketball..." July 12

  • Report: Rich Paul tried as hard to get Anthony Davis to Knicks as Lakers

    Yardbarker "Many believed that it was the Los Angeles Lakers or bust for Anthony Davis’ camp this summer, but it turns out that wasn’t entirely true. Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that Davis’ agent Rich Paul tried to get the New Orleans Pelicans to trade..." July 11

  • NBA Rumors: 5 Blockbuster Trades That Could Happen This Summer

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is always changing. I am going to allow to enter an alternate universe for a minute. Let’s use knowledge and skills to match salaries and make some plausible which could jolt the NBA sphere. Sorry, Kyrie Irving the earth is not flat, but maybe this article will come full..." July 11

  • NBA Teams Blowing It in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 iteration of free agency has permanently transformed the NBA. Several teams will lament that fact for years to come. Some invested massive funds in the wrong places. Others missed opportunities to address glaring needs. One major-market club talked a huge game..." July 11

  • 10 Most Underrated Signings Of 2019 NBA Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Summer league is already underway which means most free agents have already signed a new deal to take their talents elsewhere, and while most people were focused on Durant and Leonard, this free-agent class was stacked with talent. Obviously, superstars win games, but depth wins..." July 11

  • 2019 NBA Free Agents Most Likely to Finish 2020 on a Different Team

    Bleacher Report "Imagine trying to figure out which freshly signed NBA free agents may not finish the 2019-20 season with their current teams. Can't we let the ink dry for a second or two? Nope. Free agency isn't what it used to be. Contracts are shorter in general, and..." July 11

  • Ten 2019 free agency moves/trades that changed the face of the NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "It seems like we say this every off-season, but this time we really, REALLY mean it: That was the wildest NBA off-season ever. Superstars shifted teams — and teamed up — and with that contenders for the crown rose and fell (including the team with the..." July 10

  • LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis and More Potential 2021 NBA Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Teams were already carefully monitoring the NBA's 2021 free-agent class even before the group potentially added another surprise member.   When Kawhi Leonard agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported..." July 10

  • NBA trade block: Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love among 12 big-name players that could be moved

    CBS Sports "As perhaps the wildest free agency period in NBA history draws to a close, a whole new set of circumstances for a number of teams takes shape. Specifically, the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder are in starkly different situations after the departures of Kawhi..." July 10

  • David Griffin Explains Why The Pelicans Shut Down Zion Williamson

    The Spun "The hype surrounding Zion Williamson came to a quick halt due to a knee injury at NBA Summer League. However, the No. 1 overall pick’s absence from the court sounds more precautionary than anything else. Fans couldn’t wait to see Williamson showcase his athleticism in Las..." July 10

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NBA

    12 Up "With all the money thrown around in recent years in the NBA, there were bound to be some deals that went wrong. Of course, the organizations cannot always be blamed for contracts gone awry, especially considering the injury issues of several star players who made the cut. 5...." July 10

  • Biggest Losers in NBA Free Agency

    The Big Lead "NBA free agency is now largely behind us and, hoo-boy, did it fundamentally change the landscape of the league. With all of the top players now under contract, here’s a look at the biggest losers from free agency in 2019.  New York Knicks I mean, this is almost..." July 10