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Pelicans offseason lookahead: After an injury-filled season full of disappointment, significant changes could be coming

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Pelicans could make sweeping changes or small ones this offseason. They could break the bank with big moves or reshuffle the roster with meaningful miniature ones. The one thing they can’t do is stand pat. At least that’s the way Kenny Smith sees it. “There’s got to be a mix-up,” said… Continue reading →

Dell Demps’ Monday news conference off

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps will not hold a news conference Monday as originally scheduled, the team announced on Sunday. No reason was given for the decision, which the Pelicans announced in a release saying the news conference would be “rescheduled at a later date.” The change is the latest twist in an uncertain weekend… Continue reading →

Source: Dell Demps’ future with Pelicans not decided yet

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry holds up a jersey as he is introduced as the Pelicans' new head coach in June. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps join him onstage. Gentry is bringing a new, uptempo system with him, and the Pelicans  hope that roster stability from last season will aid in the transition to the faster-paced style.

The New Orleans Pelicans have not made a final decision about the future of general manager Dell Demps or any other part of the team’s basketball operations, a source familiar with the situation said Saturday night. There is a “careful evaluation” of the club’s basketball operations underway, a source said, as is the case after every season.… Continue reading →

Sources: Pelicans’ Dell Demps expected to return as general manager; news conference expected Monday

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, right, shares a laugh with Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps on June 22, 2015, during a news conference.

Dell Demps has been in regular contact with New Orleans Pelicans management since the end of the season, and indications are that the general manager will return for the 2016-17 season, sources told The Advocate on Friday. Demps is expected to hold a news conference Monday. The Pelicans’ 30-52 record this season led to… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry and the New Orleans Pelicans had an ever-evolving roster; here’s how the juggling act played out

New Orleans Pelicans, from left to right, guard Norris Cole, forward Anthony Davis, forward Alonzo Gee and guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, all with season-ending injuries, sit in the waning seconds in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH110

If you forced him, Alvin Gentry could do it. Put the Pelicans coach on the spot, and he’s confident he could name every one of the players who spent time on his roster this season. “It would take a little time,” Gentry said with a laugh. “Obviously, I could name all the guys on the (season-ending) roster,… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: Can anyone dethrone the Warriors? These four teams have a shot — but won’t get it done

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives around San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The Golden State Warriors’ quest for a second straight NBA championship won’t pass through the bumpy roads of New Orleans this year. The Pelicans, as you know, missed out on the playoffs in what was a brutal season, seemingly never recovering from that 3-point dagger that Stephen Curry drained over the outstretched arms of… Continue reading →

With disappointing season in the books, Pelicans look to future

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry gestures in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in New York. The Pelicans defeated the Nets 106-87. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Alvin Gentry settled into a chair before an assemblage of reporters, and the Pelicans coach didn’t waste any time getting to the point. “It was a tough year,” Gentry said Thursday to open his postseason news conference. “It was a very tough year.” So Gentry is ready to take steps to… Continue reading →

Pivotal offseason for Pelicans, coach Alvin Gentry

It’s been 10 months since a champagne drenched Alvin Gentry looked into the camera on national television and told Anthony Davis “we’re going to be right back here next year.” The “we” he was referring to were the Pelicans. The “here”, of course, was in a locker room celebrating an NBA championship.… Continue reading →

Blowout loss brings merciful end to tough season for Pelicans

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) grabs a loose ball from New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

The Pelicans’ season reached its merciful end Wednesday. But long before New Orleans’ final chapter came with a 144-109 loss to the Timberwolves in Minneapolis, Alvin Gentry had turned the page. “I’m excited,” Gentry told The Advocate this week. “I’m thinking next year. I’m thinking healthy guys. I’m thinking (of) being able to have a training camp… Continue reading →

Pelicans, Timberwolves follow different paths to building rosters

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, tries to drive under pressure from Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Monday, April 11, 2016. The Rockets won 129-105. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

The Pelicans are looking down in the standings at Minnesota. But for the Timberwolves, things are looking up. The two teams will play in Minneapolis on Wednesday in the season finale for both. There will be no playoffs for either, and they’ll enter the game separated by just two wins, the Pelicans… Continue reading →

Battling to the end: Pelicans fall to Bulls 121-116 in home finale

New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) makes a dunk against Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

There were plenty of fans missing at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night, plenty of empty seats as the Pelicans lost 121-116 to the Chicago Bulls in their home finale. But the makeshift Pelicans — who had eight players available Monday and 10 injured — drew loud cheers from the thousands of fans who did… Continue reading →

James Ennis out to show he’s more than a dunker

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) goes to the basket between New Orleans Pelicans forward James Ennis (4) and center Alexis Ajinca in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Everybody who knew James Ennis knew he could dunk. If you’d heard of the swingman, who’s played the past seven games with the Pelicans and has signed with the team through the rest of the season, there’s a good chance it’s because of the slam he threw down on the Washington Wizards last season when he was… Continue reading →

Pelicans play flat, get flattened by Suns

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham is held by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker as he drives to the basket in the first half Saturday night in the Smoothie King Center. Booker had 16 points, five assists and four rebounds in the Suns' 121-100 win. Cunningham scored 13 points.

Maybe there’s something to be gained from losing. Maybe the Pelicans’ 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center was something of a win. Maybe a better chance to jump up in the NBA draft in June is worth getting beaten down in April. That’s not exactly how New Orleans coach… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis back walking without crutches after knee procedure

Alvin Gentry calls them “baby steps,” but every little step Anthony Davis takes is important for the Pelicans. The franchise forward’s rehab from a left knee procedure is in the “early stages,” Gentry said before Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at the Smoothie King Center. But a little more than two weeks removed from… Continue reading →

A legend’s final visit: The Pelicans reflect on Kobe Bryant’s career

Advocate photo by ROD WALKER -- Kobe Bryant fans were out in force for his final game in the Smoothie King Center on Friday, April 8, 2016. Top row, from left: Rizgar Haji, Ahmed Mohamed, Dewar Mohamed and Reno Haji. Bottom row: Nick and Donyale Garrett

Dante Cunningham, forward “A legend. Someone I’ve looked up to growing up. Playing in Philadelphia (at Villanova), he was obviously a big name. His high school was right around the corner from my college. Honestly, a great all-time player. This year has been awesome, just because it’s his last go-round and you’re a… Continue reading →

Pelicans role players steal the spotlight during Kobe Bryant’s final visit to New Orleans, lead home team to 110-102 win

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant greets fans as he leaves the court after an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, April 8, 2016. The Pelicans won 110-102. Bryant says he will be retiring at the end of the season, thus his last NBA game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On a night when New Orleans said goodbye to an NBA superstar, Alvin Gentry said hello to another. An hour before his Pelicans beat the Lakers 110-102 on Friday in Los Angeles legend Kobe Bryant’s final game at the Smoothie King Center, Gentry walked into the New Orleans locker room and jokingly introduced himself to Anthony… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign forward James Ennis for remainder of season, sources say

Denver Nuggets guard D.J. Augustin (12) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward James Ennis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. The Pelicans liked what they found. New Orleans forward James Ennis, whose 10-day contract expires on Friday, will be signed for the remainder of the season, per league sources. He joins a growing list of Pelicans players who were initially added on 10-day contracts but found longer-term homes in New Orleans, including Bryce DeJean-Jones,… Continue reading →

Celtics fight off Pelicans late for 104-97 win

Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas (4) goes up to shoot against New Orleans Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — The Celtics entered the week focused on improving their playoff position over their final five regular-season games. They had to dig deep to prevent a short-handed Pelicans team from throwing a big wrinkle in those plans. Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points to help the Celtics fend off short-handed New Orleans 104-97 on… Continue reading →

76ers belt Pelicans to avoid NBA record for futility

PHILADELPHIA — These 76ers are relieved not to be part of history. Carl Landry scored 22 points to lead Philadelphia to a 107-93 victory over the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, ensuring that the 76ers won’t tie their own league record for fewest victories in an 82-game season. “We… Continue reading →

Pelicans winning games, falling back on lottery chances

The Pelicans are winning. And losing ground. New Orleans has won two straight and three of its past four as it faces the 76ers on Tuesday in Philadelphia, and the Sixers are a reminder of why those wins might not be such a good thing. Philadelphia (9-68) has clinched the NBA’s worst record and therefore the league’s best… Continue reading →

Forward Ryan Anderson could join Pelicns’ long injury list

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, tries to stop New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 123-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Seven Pelicans are out for the remainder of this season, but as the games dwindle down, it’s increasingly likely that number will jump to nine. Forward Ryan Anderson, who has missed the past seven games with a sports hernia, and guard Norris Cole, who has sat the past 13 with a sore lower back, haven’t been ruled… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans hustle past Denver Nuggets 101-95

New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) and Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, right, and center Nikola Jokic wait for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

They fight for rebounds and scrap for loose balls. They look to push the pace and move the ball. In a way, the Pelicans look a lot like Alvin Gentry hoped they would by the end of the season. And, of course, they look nothing like he expected. With backups starting and replacement parts… Continue reading →

Spurs beat Pelicans, set NBA record with 38-0 start at home

San Antonio Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard, left, and Tim Duncan, right, defend New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik, of Turkey, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs set the NBA record with their 38th straight home victory to open the season and matched the highest win total in franchise history. And none of them cared. Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and the Spurs beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 100-92 on Wednesday night to… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign forward James Ennis to 10-day contract

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, center left, disputes a call with referee Eric Lewis during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Pelicans’ rotating roster took another spin on Wednesday. New Orleans signed forward James Ennis to a 10-day contract prior to its game Wednesday night in San Antonio, and the 6-foot-7 swingman joined the team just a few hours before tipoff. “He’s a very athletic guy,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in San Antonio.… Continue reading →

Sources: James Ennis signs with Pelicans

The Pelicans roster keeps expanding. Another rash of injuries allowed New Orleans to add yet another injury exception, opening space to sign swingman James Ennis to a 10-day contract, league sources told the New Orleans Advocate. On Monday, the franchise announced both point guard Jrue Holiday (orbital bone) and Alonzo Gee (quad) would miss the remainder of the season, joining Anthony Davis,… Continue reading →

Pelicans to play Houston Rockets in China for exhibition games

New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) battles for a rebound with New Orleans Pelicans guard Jordan Hamilton (25) and center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 99-91. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. The Pelicans are set to rack up some major miles next preseason.

New Orleans will play the Houston Rockets in a pair of exhibition games in China in October, the NBA announced on Tuesday, as part of NBA Global Games.

The teams will play on Oct. 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Oct. 12… Continue reading →

More hits for Pelicans: Jrue Holiday, Alonzo Gee out for rest of season

. The injury hits keep coming for the New Orleans Pelicans. Point guard Jrue Holiday and swingman Alonzo Gee are the latest casualties. Both players will miss the final nine games of the season, the club announced on Tuesday. Holiday has a right inferior orbital wall fracture, the result of a collision late in Monday's win against the New… Continue reading →

Gallows humor?: Alvin Gentry’s postgame comedy routine, hug-seeking kid on the court highlight weird Pelicans win over the Knicks

A young boy is sent back to the stands by the referee after he ran onto the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks in New Orleans, Monday, March 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 99-91. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The kid wandered out of the stands and onto the court late in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 99-91 win against the New York Knicks on Monday, just looking for a hug from Carmelo Anthony. Anthony obliged, and the kid strolled back to the bench, thankfully unharmed. The way Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry sees it, he was lucky.… Continue reading →

Pelicans center Omer Asik wants to play for Turkey’s national team

A year ago, Omer Asik’s back forced him to back out of playing international ball for his native Turkey. This summer, the Pelicans center would like to make his way back to the Turkish national team. “We have Olympic qualification games with Turkey,” Asik said Friday before New Orleans took on the New York Knicks… Continue reading →

Giving them fits: Never-ending run of injuries made it difficult to figure out who fits his system, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry calls to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 11, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

You’d think by now Alvin Gentry would have a pretty good sense of his team. With 10 games remaining in the season, you would expect the Pelicans coach to know a lot about his personnel, about which players best suit his system, about who might need to be moved for New Orleans to improve after this dismal… Continue reading →

The effort remains, but their talent is lacking as the Pelicans fall 115-91 to visiting Toronto

New Orleans Pelicans guard Toney Douglas, left, goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On Friday, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry lauded his short-handed team for playing hard through adversity, for its strong effort since the All-Star break even as its injuries depleted its roster. Then he offered a caveat that proved prescient. “I think you’ve got to give guys a break sometimes in that sometimes, superior talent wins… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Dell Demps denies ‘irresponsible’ report saying he has openly second-guessed hiring Alvin Gentry, who says he’s confident he’ll return

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry holds up a jersey as he is introduced as the Pelicans' new head coach in June. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps join him onstage. Gentry is bringing a new, uptempo system with him, and the Pelicans  hope that roster stability from last season will aid in the transition to the faster-paced style.

His first season hasn’t gone the way he anticipated, but Alvin Gentry expects to get a second shot at coaching the New Orleans Pelicans. On Friday, after general manager Dell Demps denied a report that he had more than once publicly second-guessed his own hire of Gentry, the coach expressed confidence that he’ll return… Continue reading →

Ryan Anderson struggling with groin injury, unsure of his return

Associated Press photo by Jonathan BachmanNew Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) drives to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) and center Karl-Anthony Towns on Feb. 27 in New Orleans.

Ryan Anderson wants to come back. He just isn’t sure when. The forward has missed consecutive games because of a strained groin that has limited his mobility in both directions, but particularly on the left side. Anderson said an MRI revealed small tears on each side of his groin, but he’s felt significant improvement in his… Continue reading →

Report: Driver involved in crash killing Monty Williams' wife Ingrid had meth in system

The driver involved in the car crash that killed Ingrid Williams, the wife of former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the accident, The Oklahoma reported Thursday. The determination was detailed in a lab report from Oklahoma's medical examiner. Williams' wife died Feb. 10 from… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis won’t require surgery on partially torn labrum

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is seen during player introductions before an NBA basketball game Friday, March 11, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

In a season of bad breaks for the Pelicans, the injury news on Thursday was half encouraging. Anthony Davis, who is out for the remainder of the Pelicans’ season, won’t require surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced Thursday after Davis met with Dr. Neal ElAttrach in Los Angeles. But New… Continue reading →