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  • New Orleans Pelicans' David Griffin fined $50,000 for criticizing officiating over Zion Williamson's finger injury

    ESPN "The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin $50,000 on Sunday "for public criticism of the officiating and comments detrimental to the NBA." On Friday, Griffin said Zion Williamson's fractured left ring finger, which..." May 09

  • Former Pelican Will Magnay Resumes Career In Australia

    Hoops Rumors "Former Pelicans big man Will Magnay, who was on a two-way contract with New Orleans until he was waived last month, has returned to his home country of Australia, signing with the Perth Wildcats for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign, per a press release from the..." May 09

  • NBA Playoff Picture: Standings, Bracket and Key Storylines Down the Stretch

    Bleacher Report "After winning the NBA title last season, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of trouble as this year's playoffs draws closer. And if they don't turn things around soon, their appearance in the 2020-21 postseason could be brief. The Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on..." May 09

  • Bulls may target Lonzo Ball, Dennis Schroder in offseason

    Pro Basketball Talk "Chicago expected to make a leap up into the playoffs after trading for Nikola Vucevic at the deadline. Instead, the Bulls got a little worse, losing their first four after the trade and going 9-15 overall with a -2.6 net rating. Not having Zach LaVine for 11 of those..." May 08

  • Zion Williamson Sidelined Indefinitely With Fractured Finger

    MSN.com "A CT scan revealed that Pelicans star Zion Williamson fractured left ring finger. The Pelicans announced Friday that Zion Williamson will be out indefinitely after a CT scan revealed a fractured left ring finger. A treatment plan and timetable for his return to play will be..." May 07

  • Pels GM David Griffin lambastes refs over Zion Wiilliamson injury

    TSN "The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Friday that star forward Zion Williamson will be out indefinitely with a broken finger and general manager David Griffin says NBA referees are to blame, claiming that they were warned about doing a better job of protecting the second-year..." May 07

  • Potential 2021 NBA RFAs Whose Qualifying Offers Will Be Impacted By Starter Criteria

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s rookie scale, which determines how much first-round picks earn during their first four NBA seasons, also dictates how much the qualifying offers will be worth for those players when they reach restricted free agency after year four. However, the value of those..." May 07

  • Why Carmelo Anthony's resurgence means so much to young NBA superstars

    ESPN "IT WAS NOV. 5, 2017, game nine for the newly formed superteam in Oklahoma City. After a bumpy 4-4 start, the Thunder were in Portland to take on a division rival. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts had taken his spot in the narrow hallway of the Moda Center pregame to talk with..." May 07

  • Breakouts on bad NBA teams: Don't sleep on the development of these 5 players

    The Score "It's tough for the average fan to keep up with all 30 NBA teams at any point in the season, especially in these final days when some teams are clearly out of the race and playing for nothing. But while you're ignoring some of those afterthought clubs, you might miss the start of a..." May 07

  • Introducing a new NBA pre-draft event: The Tampa Bay Pro Combine

    Basketball News "Over the years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has given thousands of NBA hopefuls an opportunity to showcase their game in front of executives from all 30 teams. The event has featured NBA legends such as John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, Rick Barry and..." May 07

  • 5 Best Point Guards For The Los Angeles Lakers Next Season

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are a team that may be looking at some changes this summer. They have a lot of players who will be free agents during the summer, and point guard Dennis Schroder is one of them. If he leaves, then the Los Angeles Lakers would need to find a good replacement, one that..." May 06

  • NBA Youngsters Who Could Be Traded for a Star This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Young talent is the hottest commodity in the NBA. It's cheap, it has upside (which means hope for the fanbase), it's easier to control for long periods of time, and it comes with built-in retention advantages—like larger raises on new deals and matching rights in..." May 06

  • Pelicans agree to multiyear deal with Naji Marshall

    103.7 The Game "New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall (8) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Andersonin (95) in the fourth quarter at the Smoothie King Center.  May 06

  • Analysis finds refs call 1% of defensive 3-second violations in close games

    The Score "Only 1% of defensive three-second violations have been called correctly in the final two minutes of close games since the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, Owen Phillips writes for The F5 newsletter. Using publicly available data from the league's last-two-minute reports,..." May 06

  • How does the NBA play-in tournament work? Dates, projections and rules explained

    ESPN "How does the NBA play-in tournament work and which teams will participate during the 2020-21 season? The league first tested the play-in round during the 2020 NBA restart in Orlando, Florida, with the Portland Trail Blazers topping the Memphis..." May 06

  • Brandon Ingram has ankle sprain: Will miss game on Friday

    NBA.com "New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been diagnosed with a left low ankle sprain. An MRI taken today at Ochsner Health confirmed the diagnosis.  " May 05

  • NBA's play-in tournament likely here to stay

    Yardbarker "While some high-profile players and team owners have griped about the NBA’s newly introduced play-in tournament, the format is working “spectacularly well” and has virtually no downside, contends John Hollinger of The Athletic. As Hollinger..." May 05

  • Buying or Selling NBA Coaches on the Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "It came a little later than usual thanks to last season's hiatus and the December start to the 2020-21 season, but coaching seats around the NBA are officially warming up. When teams fail to live up to expectations, fans, analysts and organizations look for the fall guy..." May 05

  • Four new positive COVID-19 tests among NBA players since April 28

    Hoops Rumors "Of the 492 NBA players tested for COVID-19 since April 28, four players have registered new confirmed positive tests, the league and the players’ union announced today in a press release. The NBA and NBPA don’t publicly disclose which specific players test positive..." May 05

  • Inside early NBA ‘hot seat’ situations: Five coaches who need to finish strong, from the Bucks to the Wizards

    The Athletic "As the NBA playoffs near and the offseason looms ahead, several head coaching situations are perilous. Others, meanwhile, are less precarious but wrought with the kind of complicated internal dynamics that make them worth monitoring. This has been an unordinary season due to the..." May 05

  • NBA standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs

    Sporting News "Brace yourselves, basketball fans. The 2021 NBA playoffs are almost here. There is an added level of intrigue this year with the league implementing a new version of the play-in tournament, which was first seen inside the Florida "bubble" amid the COVID-19..." May 05

  • Zion Williamson speaks out on Warriors stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green’s ‘unspoken’ relationship

    Clutch Points "Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have created a bond off the court that you certainly see on the court. The connection on the floor they share is comparable to John Stockton and Karl Malone. The distinction with this Golden State Warriors tandem is the larger player is the..." May 05

  • Top 6 storylines for the remainder of the NBA regular season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020-21 NBA regular season is slated to come to a culmination here in less than two weeks. It’s been a drama-filled past several months with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers looking nothing like a title contender. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are on the hot seat down..." May 04

  • NBA Trades for League's Most Disappointing Teams

    Bleacher Report "Entering a season knowing your favorite NBA team is rebuilding is one thing. Fully expecting a playoff run only to end up with a spot in the lottery is quite another. No franchises have been as disappointing this year as the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors,..." May 04

  • NBA play-in format is working better than we imagined, no matter what LeBron James says

    The Athletic "It’s amazing how opinions on the play-in tournament change once a team realizes it might be them in the seventh or eighth seed. Both Mark Cuban (earlier this season) and LeBron James (two days ago) expressed disgust with the NBA’s play-in tournament at..." May 04

  • Did the Marvel & NBA mash-up do enough to earn the respect of casual hoops fans?

    The Athletic "When “The Marvel Game” was announced, the general reaction around NBA fandom, at least as much as Twitter is representative was “Who is this for?” We’ve been calling for more basketball in basketball broadcasts for years, and this is going the other way. But the..." May 04

  • Pelicans' Steven Adams: Will miss third straight game

    CBS Sports "Adams (toe) will remain out for Monday's game against Golden State, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. A sprained toe on his right foot will cost Adams a third straight game, so expect Willy Hernangomez to make another start at center. " May 03

  • Why LeBron James isn't being considered for league MVP and other award mysteries

    USA Today "This NBA coach has a winning percentage this season of .677, third-best in the conference. In the games he has coached this season, his team has the third-best fourth-quarter net rating and his team has won 85% of its games decided by five or fewer points. And his team, after..." May 03

  • 5 Best Destinations For Kyle Lowry This Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Kyle Lowry is a multiple-time All-Star who is beloved by the Toronto Raptors franchise. However, it is clear that he is in the latter stages of his career, which means that he probably wants to win another championship. It is unlikely that he will be able to do so with the Toronto Raptors, as..." May 02

  • 5 NBA Free Agents Most Likely to Be Overpaid This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Let's begin with a disclaimer: Few NBA free agents get overpaid. Price points are whatever the market dictates. Unless teams throw money at someone without real competition for his services, contracts are an accurate reflection of a player's value at that time. This particular..." May 02

  • Should NBA switch to NFL-style calendar with free agency before the draft?

    Yahoo! Sports "First Quarter: NFL approach to NBA calendar  Just thinking aloud here … The NFL has started to copy the NBA in some ways, most notably the players beginning to realize their power. It can’t be apples to apples, not with the power structure..." May 01

  • 5 Best Targets For The Los Angeles Clippers

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that may have to make some additions to the roster if they don't win the NBA championship this season. Even if they do win it all, it could be good to accumulate more star power on the roster to heighten their chances of winning once..." April 30

  • Golden State Warriors Could Sign Lonzo Ball In Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Lonzo Ball isn't expected to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans beyond this season, mostly because of the big contract he will demand in free agency. That has opened the door for the point guard to test the waters of the open market and given his improvement this season, he won't miss..." April 30

  • Quick-Fix Trades for NBA's Worst Teams This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Between flattened lottery odds and an expanded postseason field by way of the play-in tournament, the NBA has made moves to limit its number of bottom-feeders. Those efforts appear to be working. Just six teams have a winning percentage south of .400, and only the James..." April 30

  • NBA L2M report confirms Nikola Jokic fouled Zion Williamson on Nuggets' game-saving block vs. Pelicans

    CBS Sports "Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic made a controversial game-saving block on New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson Wednesday night with under five seconds left in the game, which preserved a 114-112 Denver win. The problem, though, is that a foul should have been called on Jokic on the..." April 30

  • Nikola Jokic blocks Zion Williamson to secure controversial win for Nuggets

    Yahoo! Sports "Nikola Jokic may have gotten away with a blatant foul at the end of the game, but he secured the win for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Jokic, after dropping 32 points, came up with a huge block and sent Zion Williamson sprawling to the floor to lead..." April 29

  • Warriors May Be a Top Contender to Land Lonzo Ball

    Heavy "The Golden State Warriors didn’t end up pulling off the much-rumored trade for Lonzo Ball at the recently passed trade deadline, but one insider believes the team could have a second chance to take a swing at him this offseason. There were a number of reports..." April 29

  • The 10 Biggest Disappointments of the 2020-21 NBA Season

    Bleacher Report "It's not possible for everyone to get what they want from an NBA season. If it were, we'd close every year with 30 champions, 30 MVPs and 30 Rookies of the Year—one to wholly satisfy every fanbase. This particular year, shortened and unusual as it's been,..." April 29

  • Ranking the Top Basketball Families Playing in the NBA

    Bleacher Report "With roughly 450 NBA roster spots filled at any given time, it seems almost impossible for any single family to lay claim to more than one. But a fortunate few households have managed to put multiple players in the league. A handful of them have at least two representatives..." April 29

  • NBA Free Agency Rankings: Where will Kyle Lowry land? Will the Pelicans pay Lonzo Ball?

    The Athletic "Welcome to the pre-free-agency period. This isn’t an official sort of thing in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. Amid all the focus on playoff positioning, the races for individual awards and such, there’s a subplot to the final stretch that is..." April 29

  • New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson on critical non-call: 'Gotta earn my respect'

    ESPN "New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is second in the NBA in free throw attempts and fourth in the league in free throw attempts per game, but head coach Stan Van Gundy thinks he should be shooting even more. On Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets,..." April 29

  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year race: Jazz's Jordan Clarkson, Lakers' Montrezl Harrell lead list of top candidates

    CBS Sports "The end of the 2020-21 NBA regular season is rapidly approaching, which means that award season will soon be upon us. We've already looked at the contenders for Coach of the Year, so this time around we'll look at the top candidates for Sixth Man of the Year. The Sixth Man of..." April 29

  • Stan Van Gundy responds to criticism from Bill Simmons

    Larry Brown Sports "Years after his feud with Doc Rivers, Bill Simmons may now be beefing with another NBA head coach. In an episode this week of his self-titled podcast, The Ringer head went after the New Orleans Pelicans and their head coach, Stan Van Gundy. Simmons said that the Pelicans have..." April 29

  • NBA Scout On Lonzo Ball: "He's Just Not An Impactful Defender Right Now."

    Fadeaway World "Lonzo Ball is, perhaps, one of New Orleans' most highly-valued players. As the 23-year-old prepares to enter restricted free agency this summer, the Pelicans are going to do everything they can to keep him, which will likely result in a large payday for Zo. But just how much is..." April 28

  • 2021 NBA Free Agents Who Need to Make a Splash in the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "The Larry O'Brien Trophy isn't the only thing up for grabs when the NBA playoffs tip off. For some players, the postseason is a chance to bolster or redefine their value ahead of free agency. Not everybody needs this high-stakes sample size to solidify their next..." April 28

  • Adam Silver: More than 70% of NBA players have received coronavirus vaccine

    Time Magazine "In late March, Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, entered a corner conference room overlooking New York City for his first face-to-face interview with a journalist since the pandemic began. After taking over as commissioner in 2014, Silver has presided over an unprecedented..." April 28

  • Pelicans Sign Didi Louzada To Multiyear Contract

    NBA.com "The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Didi Louzada to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Louzada, 6-5, 210, has played the last two seasons for the Sydney Kings (NBL Australia), where he appeared in 45 games..." April 27

  • 3 Realistic Draft Targets for Every NBA Team

    Bleacher Report "As the NBA season winds down, the projected draft range for each team is becoming clearer. That allows us to get a better feel for which prospects teams can realistically target. Using the current standings and our most recent mock draft, we picked three names each franchise..." April 27

  • The Harsh Realities of 10-Day-Contract Life in the NBA

    The Ringer "It was the first week of April when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s manager rushed into the player’s house and relayed the news he’d been waiting to get for more than four months. Hollis-Jefferson hadn’t been on an active NBA roster since the end of the 2020 season, but..." April 27

  • Which NBA Superstar Has the Worst Supporting Cast?

    Bleacher Report "Superteams have been ubiquitous throughout the NBA's history. Bill Russell's Boston Celtics featured multiple Hall of Famers. Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain teamed up in the 1970s. Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics were loaded. Michael..." April 27