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  • Julius Randle shades Luke Walton, Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say Julius Randle is happy to be rid of the Los Angeles Lakers. While being introduced as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Randle took a pretty clear shot at the Lakers and coach Luke Walton, using the opportunity to say that Pelicans assistant Darren Erman was..." July 14

  • Pelicans' second-round pick Tony Carr expected to sign with Italian team

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Tony Carr was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, but he'll be starting his professional career elsewhere. The former Penn State star has been playing with the Pelicans at the Las Vegas Summer League, but he agreed to a deal to..." July 14

  • Trevon Bluiett Agrees To 2-Way Contract With Pelicans

    Hoops Rumors "Trevon Bluiett has turned an impressive summer league performance into a two-way deal with New Orleans, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Bluiett’s agent, Cervando Tejeda, confirmed the agreement to Charania. Bluiett went undrafted out of Xavier after..." July 12

  • NBA Teams With 2018/19 Cap Room Remaining

    Hoops Rumors "Last Wednesday, we noted that only three NBA teams still had significant cap room available. Depending on your definition of “significant,” that’s still the case. One of those three teams – the Kings – made a player for another’s..." July 12

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Free Agency Will Be Moved to Earlier Time Next Summer

    Bleacher Report "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is apparently aware his league's offseason generates plenty of buzz and is ready to move up the start of free agency accordingly. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Silver said the start of free agency will be earlier than..." July 11

  • Move to eliminate NBA one-and-done rule gaining momentum, commissioner Adam Silver says

    USA Today "The NBA’s one-and-done rule is unofficially done. Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that there is growing support for a change that would allow players to enter the league at the age of 18 rather than require them to play one year of college basketball – or..." July 11

  • Alvin Gentry: Anthony Davis not wanting DeMarcus Cousins back 'couldn't be further from the truth'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When speaking to reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League Monday (July 9), Alvin Gentry acknowledged that Anthony Davis played a pivotal role in bringing Julius Randle to the New Orleans Pelicans. But the Pelicans coach also wanted to dispel a rumor he heard about All-Star..." July 10

  • Michele Roberts on N.B.A. Competitive Imbalance: Don’t Blame the Players

    New York Times "Michele Roberts has heard the complaints about the N.B.A.’s best team, the Golden State Warriors, signing an All-Star. She has heard the whining about the league’s best player, LeBron James, moving westward in the first week of free agency. She has seen fans and pundits proclaim the..." July 09

  • Pelicans agree to re-sign Ian Clark: source

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans brought back another familiar face on Friday (July 6) after agreeing to re-sign point guard Ian Clark on a one-year, veteran's minimum contract, a source confirmed. Yahoo's Shams Charania was the first to report the news. Clark..." July 06

  • Pelicans, Bucks, Others To Be Hard-Capped

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA salary cap is somewhat malleable, with various exceptions allowing every team to surpass the $101.869MM threshold when that room is used up. In some cases, teams blow past not only the cap limit, but the luxury-tax limit as well, with clubs like the Thunder, Warriors, and Nuggets..." July 05

  • Pelicans have had discussions about acquiring the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder

    Clutch Points "The New Orleans Pelicans have “had discussions” about acquiring Atlanta Hawkspoint guard Dennis Schroder in a trade, according to NBC Sports anchor Fletcher Mackel. The Pelicans reportedly like his talent but have major concerns about his pending..." July 05

  • Pelicans' Mishandling of Boogie and Rondo Will Hurt Anthony Davis Relationship

    12 Up "The NBA offseason has been one of the craziest in recent memory, but it hasn't been good for everyone. One of the major teams that saw departures were the New Orleans Pelicans. They saw All-Star ?DeMarcus Cousins sign with the Golden State Warriors, a move that was..." July 04

  • Why DeMarcus Cousins' biggest red flag for the Warriors is his Achilles

    USA Today "Imagine being Vivek Ranadive on Monday. It was tipoff time of the inaugural California Classic, the NBA summer league at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento where the Kings owner would have his latest chance to show off this beautiful new building while watching his..." July 04

  • Report: Pelicans offered DeMarcus Cousins two-year contract near $40 million after injury

    Pro Basketball Talk "DeMarcus Cousins says he received no real free agency offers this summer once the league year rolled over. Instead, according to Cousins, the former New Orleans Pelicans big man decided to reach out directly to the Golden State Warriors to inquire about a short-term deal. You can..." July 04

  • DeMarcus Cousins: ‘It Was Very Insulting to Not Receive an Offer’

    SLAM Online "DeMarcus Cousins was “shocked” that he didn’t get any real offers during his brief free agency this summer—even from the New Orleans Pelicans—and found the whole thing insulting. Boogie then asked his agent to approach the defending two-time NBA..." July 04

  • The Lakers Reportedly Passed On Signing Cousins At A Similar Price As The Warriors

    Dime Magazine "DeMarcus Cousins chose to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency and, in short, his decision made the best team in the NBA an even more overwhelming favorite to claim the 2019 title. The specifics of the move will be litigated for some time but, in his newsletter on..." July 04

  • Anthony Davis did not want DeMarcus Cousins back?

    Larry Brown Sports "DeMarcus Cousins is taking a lot of heat for his decision to join the Golden State Warriors, but it turns out Anthony Davis may have had a role in it too. New Orleans sports anchor Andrew Doak of WWL-TV reported on Tuesdaythat general manager Dell Demps would have listened if..." July 04

  • DeMarcus Cousins appears to shade Pelicans in thank you to fans

    Sportsnaut "Lost in the fact that DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA world by signing with the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday is that he leaves a New Orleans community that helped the center resurrect his career. While only a member of the Pelicans for less than two seasons,..." July 03

  • DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to stay with Warriors for more than one year

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors made the best starting five in basketball even better on Monday when they agreed to a deal with DeMarcus Cousins, but the All-Star center may not be spending very long in his new home. Cousins will sign a one-year deal with the Warriors for the $5.3 million..." July 03

  • DeMarcus Cousins expected to return in December or January

    Clutch Points "If you haven’t heard yet — and we doubt it since you’re on the internet, but we like to have our bases covered anyway — DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors for a one-year, $5.3 million deal. Yes, the reigning..." July 03

  • Report: Cousins had 'zero offers' before joining Warriors

    247 Sports "Surprisingly literally the entire NBA, All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors on Monday. One reason Cousins signed with the Warriors was because according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, the..." July 03

  • Several Teams Had 'No Cousins' Free Agency Policy Even Before Achilles Injury

    Real GM Basketball "There were a number of teams who had a "No Cousins" policy before DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles and he approached free agency. The number of teams reluctant to pursue Cousins increased with his injury. The New Orleans Pelicans could have outbid the Golden..." July 03

  • DeMarcus Cousins Reportedly Recruited to Warriors by Draymond Green, Steve Kerr

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green and general manager Bob Myers spearheaded the effort to land DeMarcus Cousins in the Bay Area, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported Monday. According to Charania, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also..." July 03

  • Demarcus Cousins sign-and-trade with Blazers was discussed with Pelicans

    Clutch Points "Prior to DeMarcus Cousins‘ coming to terms with the Golden State Warriors just mere hours ago for essentially pennies to the dollar, the New Orleans Pelicanswere actually discussing a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trailblazers, as ESPN’s Chris Haynes..." July 03

  • Report: DeMarcus Cousins chose Warriors over Celtics

    Larry Brown Sports "DeMarcus Cousins narrowed his choices of teams to sign with as a free agent down to the best team in the NBA and perhaps the favorite to make it out of the Eastern Conference next season. DeMarcus Cousins sent Twitter into hysterics on Monday when news broke he would be..." July 03

  • Warriors Reach Agreement With DeMarcus Cousins

    Hoops Rumors "The rich are about to get richer, as free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a contract with the Warriors, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. It’ll be a one-year, $5.3MM deal, with the Dubs using the taxpayer mid-level exception to add..." July 02

  • Julius Randle agrees to two-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans "Hours after the Lakers rescinded their qualifying offer and made him an unrestricted free agent, Julius Randle is reportedly set to join the New Orleans Pelicans. The former seventh overall pick would join a frontcourt rotation that includes All-NBA big man Anthony Davis and..." July 02

  • Anthony Davis played big role in recruiting Julius Randle to Pelicans

    Larry Brown Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans were able to land one former Kentucky big man with the help of another. On Monday, the Pelicans agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with Julius Randle after his rights were renounced by the Los Angeles Lakers, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Wojnarowski..." July 02

  • Pelicans interested in re-signing Rajon Rondo

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins is the big fish the New Orleans Pelicans want to catch, but they’re also looking to re-sign point guard Rajon Rondo. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the addition of Elfrid Payton doesn’t affect New Orleans’ desire to keep..." July 02

  • Anthony Davis Scores $7.5 Mil Mansion ... With Private Hoops Court!

    TMZ "Anthony Davis plays in NOLA, but he'll always have homecourt advantage in Cali ... thanks to his new California mansion, complete with an INDOOR BASKETBALL COURT ... TMZ Sports has learned. The Pelicans superstar just bought the Westlake Village home for $7.5 MILLION earlier this..." July 02

  • Elfrid Payton agrees to one-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans "Free-agent point guard Elfrid Payton will join the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year contract, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.  Payton averaged 12.8 points last season, his fourth in the NBA, in stints with the Magic and Suns.  " July 02

  • Pelicans, Lakers call DeMarcus Cousins on Day 1 of free agency

    ESPN "New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins received phone calls from the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on the first day of NBA free agency on Sunday, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated. Cousins, a four-time All-Star, could meet with the Pelicans and Lakers on Sunday, but..." July 01

  • NBA Rumors: Wizards a dark horse for DeMarcus Cousins

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have managed to secure meetings with free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. However, it appears they are not the only ones looking to acquire the versatile big man. While the Lakers and Pelicans have emerged as the..." July 01

  • NBA salary cap expected to spike considerably after next season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA released its 2018-19 salary cap on Saturday evening, mere hours prior to the start of free agency. As expected, the cap has been set at $101.9 million with a luxury tax threshold of $123.7 million. It’s expected that the market this summer for non-stars is going to be..." July 01

  • DeMarcus Cousins a likely target for the Lakers with Paul George staying in OKC

    Clutch Points "Having tried to move hell and high water to score a trade for Kawhi Leonard, only to fall short of the door, the Los Angeles Lakers could target big man DeMarcus Cousins on a short-term max deal, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. Cousins could play as a..." July 01

  • Cousins 'very likely' returning to Pelicans on short-term deal

    The Score "DeMarcus Cousins' suitors will be few and far between as the market may be dry for the All-Star after suffering a season ending achilles injury in late January. Considering the unknown of how Cousins will recover, he is reportedly "very likely" to return to the New..." June 30

  • Are the Pelicans prepared for risk that comes with signing DeMarcus Cousins?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The day New Orleans Pelicans fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. NBA free agency is set to begin at 11:01 p.m. Saturday night (June 30), and the Pelicans will have more at stake than just about any other team once the madness begins. Free agents can..." June 30

  • NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo isn’t looking for a one-year deal

    Clutch Points "It goes without saying that the New Orleans Pelicans have a big offseason ahead of them this summer. Among their notable key players set to hit the market is point guard Rajon Rondo. History would suggest that the veteran could be seeking another one-year deal. However,..." June 28

  • Are the Wizards the Most Logical Landing Spot for DeMarcus Cousins?

    The Ringer "A little more than a year ago, I scoffed at the idea of Chris Paul going to Houston. I ignored the guy fervishishy conspiring about it like he was Lucy Barker in internet rags. Then it happened. A rumor born of imagination, suspicion, and too much cold brew became reality. Paul..." June 27

  • Report: Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls in the hunt for Cavs’ Rodney Hood

    Cavs Nation "Rodney Hood is the restricted free agency market right now and several teams are keeping a close eye — including the Cleveland Cavaliers. As reported by Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, teams looking at Hood include the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and the New Orleans..." June 27

  • 5 Players Who Should Be on the Trade Block After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft has passed, the offseason's other big shoe, free agency, is ready begin its descent July 1. In the interim—or even afterward—trades could keep things interesting.  Some teams could feel pressure to deal a critical player..." June 25

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Can the Golden State Warriors Really Make a Run at Anthony Davis?

    Bleacher Report "The Golden State Warriors won't land All-Star Anthony Davis, right? It almost sounds ridiculous, but then so seemed the prospect of Kevin Durant joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Two titles since, and the Warriors continue to dream..." June 13

  • Warriors could target Anthony Davis next

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors have just taken a major step up as the NBA’s next dynasty in the making, but the sea of impending contracts should be a vital essence they should tread carefully in hopes to keep this roster together. A star signing for every season —..." June 11

  • NBA Rumors: Jared Dudley thinks Dallas will get DeMarcus Cousins or DeAndre Jordan

    Clutch Points "The Dallas Mavericks are coming off yet another disappointing season where they fell well short of reaching the playoffs for the second straight year. However, the front office has positioned the organization to be a huge factor in free agency with a plethora of salary cap..." June 11

  • Top NBA Draft Prospect Jaren Jackson Jr. Wants To Be Like Anthony Davis

    Dime Magazine "Jaren Jackson Jr. will be a top-5 pick in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft, but exactly where the 18-year-old big man from Michigan State will land remains up in the air. For Jackson Jr., the pre-draft process has been important because of how he was deployed at Michigan State,..." June 11

  • Lonzo Ball, JR Smith Lead Betting Odds for Next NBA'er Busted for Burner Account

    Bleacher Report "Burner social media accounts are apparently all the rage in the NBA. Just ask former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. And now, you can bet on which player will be caught using one..." June 08

  • Alvin Gentry, Pelicans Reportedly Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "The New Orleans Pelicans and head coach Alvin Gentry reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The extension will take Gentry's deal through the 2020-21 season. In three seasons as the Pels' head coach, Gentry..." June 07