Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Pelicans consider Jeff Van Gundy for coach post, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Eight seasons have passed since Jeff Van Gundy last coached in the NBA. That could change if he is hired by the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN reported Friday Van Gundy has expressed interest in the Pelicans' coaching position. The report said he is under consideration for the post. Van Gundy..." May 24

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

  • Tyreke Evans undergoes successful arthroscopic knee surgery

    The Bird Writes "Tyreke Evans was the most available Pelican this year for New Orleans. He played in a career high 79 games logging 2,690 minutes. That is not to say he was the most healthy Pelican, just that his injuries were minor enough (or, Evans was that damn tough) to play through the pain night in and out...." May 21

  • Golden State's Alvin Gentry 'more than interested' in Pelicans job, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans might not have to do much courting with Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry, who has emerged as a leading candidate for the team's vacancy at head coach. Gentry, who was interviewed by Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis and general manager..." May 21

  • Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson says he has not been contacted by Pelicans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he has not contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans for their vacant head coaching job. When asked if he has any interest in the opening, Jackson says he is happy with his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN. ''I'm having a time of my life calling..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • NBA All-Defensive teams named "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20

  • John Calipari shoots down report he is interested in Pelicans job

    Larry Brown Sports "Rumors about John Calipari leaving Kentucky to accept an NBA coaching job are an annual tradition. The New Orleans Pelicans are this year’s subject. John Reed of The Times Picayune reports that Calipari has made it known to Pelicans officials that he is interested in their head coaching..." May 19

  • Pelicans are targeting Golden State assistant Alvin Gentry, sources confirm

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry has emerged as the first candidate granted permission to be interviewed for the New Orleans Pelicans' vacant head coaching job, league sources confirmed on Monday afternoon. Gentry, 60, could emerge as one of the frontrunners to replace Monty..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Calipari interested in Pelicans' job, source says, but can they afford him?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Given the opportunity to reunite with star forward Anthony Davis, Kentucky coach John Calipari has made it known to New Orleans Pelicans officials that he's interested in the team's vacant head-coaching job, a source close to Calipari said Tuesday. There have been exploratory conversations..." May 19

  • Pelicans invite China's He to Summer League "The New Orleans Pelicans have invited Chinese forward He Tianju to attend the NBA Summer League in July with an eye on drafting him. He's Chinese club Liaoning published the invite letter from Pelicans's director of player personnel David Booth on Tuesday, asking the 24-year-old to train from..." May 19

  • Report: Raptors to target Monty Williams "With the announcement (or lack thereof) that Dwane Casey will be returning to the Toronto Raptors as head coach next season, that doesn’t mean the questions surrounding the Raps coaching staff have subsided. As mentioned when the Casey news first broke, while the head coach will be back the..." May 14

  • Report: Pelicans waiting to see if Tom Thibodeau becomes available "After firing Monty Williams this week, the New Orleans Pelicans are searching for a new head coach. There are a number of viable candidates for the position which has the added incentive of coaching Anthony Davis. But similar to the Orlando Magic, the Pelicans may take their time to hire a head..." May 14

  • Pelicans center Omer Asik was unable to emerge in postseason

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "In the playoffs, New Orleans Pelicans starting center Omer Asik was unable to make much of a difference against the top-seeded Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans needed Asik to emerge as a rim protector, but he didn't get a block and totaled just eight points for the entire four-game series in..." May 13

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Pelicans have issued repeated public denials in last week to shoot down notion that Joe Dumars will soon be hired to oversee front office

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    Jimmy Smith @JimmySmith504

    As expected, no specifics regarding reasons for Monty Williams' dismissal from #Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    New Orleans has fired coach Monty Williams, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Monty Williams fired by Pelicans

    USA Today "The New Orleans have fired coach Monty Williams, a person familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the news hasn't been made public. Williams had a record of 173-221 in five seasons with New Orleans. He was 2-8 in two playoffs..." May 12

  • Omer Asik and cap space in 2016

    The Bird Writes "Yesterday I took a look at what it might take to re-sign Omer Asik and how that compares to other centers in the league. Asik's cap hit projects to be outside of the top 20 highest paid centers in the NBA as early as the summer of 2016. Considering his value to the Pelicans I believe that to be..." May 11

  • Quincy Pondexter, Dante Cunningham were vital additions at small forward

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Early in the season, it appeared the Pelicans were going to have problems. They struggled to get consistent production at small forward after swingman Tyreke Evans was forced to slide over to shooting guard when Eric Gordon suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder in a Nov. 22 game at..." May 11

  • Jrue Holiday undergoes surgery again on lower right leg

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to remove a screw from his surgically repaired lower right leg. It is the second consecutive year, Holiday has required surgery to be performed on his lower right leg. Last year, Holiday had surgery to..." May 07

  • Pelicans Deny Discussing Job Opportunity With Joe Dumars

    Real GM Basketball "Joe Dumars has been linked to a job within the New Orleans Pelicans front office for several weeks. A report from the Times-Picayune indicated that Dumars had met with Mickey Loomis during New Orleans Saints' road games in 2014 to gauge his opinion on the Pelicans." May 07

  • Should Eric Gordon opt out or stick with Pelicans for final year of contract?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Shooting guard Eric Gordon has until June 29 to make a decision on whether to opt out or play out the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Last week Gordon said he wasn't ready yet to reveal his plans, but he spoke enthusiastically about the team's potential for next..." May 07

  • Pelicans brass met with Joe Dumars during Saints road games, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "An NBA source said New Orleans Pelicans front-office officials, including vice president/basketball operations Mickey Loomis, met former Detroit Pistons player and executive Joe Dumars at several Saints road games during the 2014 season. The meetings were held to gauge Dumars' opinion of the..." May 06

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Quincy Pondexter Undergoes Successful Surgery "The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. A timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

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    Dwain Price @DwainPrice

    The MVP vote finished: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. LeBron 4. Westbrook, 5. Davis. I voted: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. Westbrook 4. LeBron 5. Davis.

  • Eric Gordon not ready to reveal contract plans yet

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Shooting guard Eric Gordon will be calling his own shots whether he wants to finish out the final year of his contract with the Pelicans or test the open market in free agency this summer. Gordon said he is not ready to reveal his plans just yet, but he spoke enthusiastically about the team's..." May 02

  • Monty Williams admits he's had a difference of opinion on some of Dell Demps' roster moves

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Since their arrival five years ago, Pelicans coach Monty Williams and general Manager Dell Demps have not necessarily always agreed on the best course to take to improve the roster. But Williams acknowledged on Tuesday that they must do the best they can in using both of their philosophies in..." April 29

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • Pelicans to offer Davis 5 year deal "With star forward Anthony Davis eligible for a contract extension this summer, Pelicans officials plan to be aggressive as possible in presenting him with a maximum five-year deal that could approach $140 million, according to league sources. The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA..." April 27

  • Warriors prevail, sweep Pelicans to advance

    CSN Bay Area "Though the Warriors never ironed out their offense while winning the first three games in their first-round playoff series with the Pelicans, not a wrinkle was found in Game 4. In their most impressive performance of the series, the Warriors posted a 109-98 victory Saturday night at Smoothie..." April 26

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    John Reid @JohnReid64

    Jrue Holiday is a game-time decision, Monty Williams said.

  • Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Considers Adding a 3 to His Arsenal

    New York Times "Anthony Davis punctuated his activity at the Pelicans’ shootaround on Thursday morning by spotting up from the corner, where he took pass after pass from an assistant coach. Davis sank six of his final eight attempts, all from beyond the 3-point line. His release was effortless, the ball traveling..." April 25

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    Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

    According to a couple sources, the explanation the Warriors received was that Curry would’ve gotten the foul if he had missed the 3

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    Darrell J. Williams @DWPelicansbeat

    #Warriors' Justin Holiday prefers brother Jrue not play. "I think he's taking a chance and he's not himself, doesn't have his explosion.'

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Warriors, down 20 in fourth, steal Game 3 victory from Pelicans

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Warriors have astronomical goals this season, but even they admitted that their goal in coming to the Big Easy was to steal one of two games. The heist won’t have to wait until Saturday. The Warriors were seemingly blown away Thursday night by a Smoothie King Center crowd with four years..." April 24

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    New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA

    .@OchsnerHealth injury update: Jrue Holiday (stress reaction - lower right leg soreness) is expected to play tonight vs. GSW.

  • Warriors have devised plan for Pelicans' Davis

    CSN Bay Area "New Orleans star Anthony Davis is 22 years old and already a Top-5 player in the NBA. He's 6-foot-10 but plays a foot taller. He covers so much ground on defense it's like a great centerfielder patrolling the basketball court. His defense may be the biggest reason the Warriors, even with a 2-0..." April 23

  • Warriors hold off New Orleans, go up 2-0 in series

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Warriors did what they were supposed to do, but maybe not a whole lot more. The top-seeded Warriors held homecourt, backing up a Game 1 win with a 97-87 victory in Monday night’s Game 2 and sending the best-of-seven, first-round series to New Orleans with a reinforced respect for the..." April 21

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    Jimmy Spencer @JimmySpencerNBA

    A source close to Tyreke Evans, when I asked if Evans (questionable) will play Game 2, said: "Think so."

  • Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday both questionable for Game 2 vs. Warriors

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Tyreke Evans' status for Game 2 against Golden State was not upgraded before their shootaround workout on Monday morning. Evans remains questionable to play because of a bone bruise in his left knee. The Pelicans also listed point guard Jrue Holiday..." April 20

  • Pelicans' Monty Williams is very upset with how loud Warriors fans are

    Sporting News "Oracle Arena is loud for Warriors games regardless of stakes, but when it’s playoff time, the fans decked out in bright yellow take it up a notch — so much so that Pelicans coach Monty Williams is calling foul. "I'm not so sure that the decibel level is legal there, and I'm serious," Williams..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Pelicans list Tyreke Evans as questionable for Game 2 "The New Orleans Pelicans have listed Tyreke Evans as questionable for Game 2 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night with a bone bruise in his left knee. Evans underwent an MRI ‎exam Saturday night after suffering a bruised left knee in a first-half..." April 20

  • Oakland: Mayors bet city's goods in NBA playoffs

    Contra Costa Times "The mayor of Oakland and the mayor of New Orleans made a friendly bet Friday on the outcome of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans, the mayor's office said. The mayor of the city with the winning team will receive some of the other city's best goods..." April 20