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New Orleans Pelicans waive guard Toney Douglas

The New Orleans Pelicans on Friday waived point guard Toney Douglas. Douglas appeared in 12 games for the Pels last season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Originally signed on Feb. 4, Douglas was waived Feb. 19 before subsequently re-signing for the remainder of the season on March 24. Drafted 29th… Continue reading →

Notebook: Anthony Davis ready to run in Pelicans’ new system

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is ready to run. Nearly a month after signing a long-term extension with the New Orleans Pelicans that will keep the superstar forward with the franchise until at least 2020, Davis said he’s gearing up for a new style of basketball under coach Alvin Gentry. And while the pace and offensive influence… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis says the Pelicans can be better than last season

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, is optimistic about the team's chances to take a run deep into the playoffs next season, challenging guard Stephen Curry and NBA champion Golden State.

If images weren’t enough, Anthony Davis used his words to further impress the point he’s been trying to make all offseason. “I love living here in New Orleans, and I love playing for the city,” were the first words Davis uttered in a 30-minute teleconference Monday morning, his first press gathering since the New Orleans… Continue reading →

Kendrick Perkins’ off-court presence will be as important as his play for Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) falls against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Dell Demps purchased some protection for Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to terms with veteran free-agent center Kendrick Perkins on Tuesday, adding a bruising defender and playoff-seasoned presence to the team’s roster and locker room. While Perkins played a significant role on the Boston Celtics’ championship team in 2008, and in a litany of… Continue reading →

Pelicans shift focus from summer league to training camp

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) bring the up the court during action against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

With the NBA summer league now in the rearview, the work continues for the New Orleans Pelicans. After going 5-1 in Las Vegas, the coaching staff will shift its focus to training camp. New coach Alvin Gentry was present in Vegas to watch his assistants implement the up-tempo offense the Pelicans will use during the season. Throughout… Continue reading →

Reports say Pelicans summer league star Seth Curry has signed a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings

Seth Curry

. One of the Pelicans' top players during summer league play is apparently headed to Sacramento. According to an ESPN report Tuesday night, guard Seth Curry was finalizing a 2-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Seth’s older brother, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry, tweeted about the deal later Tuesday night. “Let’s goooooo!,” Seth Curry tweeted. “He’s been patient and worked… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis comes away empty at inaugural NBA Players Association Awards

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis

. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was nominated for two awards, but came away empty at the inaugural NBA Players’ Association Awards. The awards, voted on by the players in the leaguer, were announced on Tuesday night on BET. Davis was nominated for “Best Defender” and “Player you secretly wished was on your team.” He was beat out in the two… Continue reading →

Sources say Pelicans close to signing center Kendrick Perkins

Associated Press file photo by Sue Ogrocki -- Sources say the Pelikcans are close to signing former Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

The Pelicans are nearing an agreement with center Kendrick Perkins, league sources informed The Advocate on Wednesday afternoon. While negotiations aren’t yet complete, the two sides are close to ironing out a contract that would send the 12-year veteran to New Orleans on a free-agent deal. Sources confirmed the one-year deal would be at the league… Continue reading →

Pelicans seeking to acquire their own D-League team

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps says the team is looking at the possibiiity of adding a NBA Development League team of its own rather than sharing an affiliation with other teams.

The New Orleans Pelicans’ offseason has focused on gradual steps of stability rather than splashy attention-grabbing moments. The franchise kept nearly all of its roster intact and preached roster continuity over talent shake-up, expecting this team to grow together. The next piece of that building process could come in a layer below what’s seen on the court in… Continue reading →

Pelicans star Anthony Davis could win multiple awards Tuesday night at NBA Players’ Association Awards on BET

. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis could receive a few more honors Tuesday night. Davis is nominated for two honors for the first NBA Players’ Association Awards, which will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday on BET. The former Kentucky standout is nominated for "Best Defender" and “Player you secretly wished was on your team.” Winners of tonight’s awards are voted on… Continue reading →

Will Seth Curry’s hot shooting in the Las Vegas summer league earn him a spot with the Pelicans?

New Orleans Pelicans Seth Curry shoots over Phoenix Suns Josh Harrellson during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Seth Curry aced his summer-league test. For eight days in Las Vegas, the young guard resembled his older brother (and reigning MVP) Stephen Curry, becoming a fan favorite at the Thomas & Mack Center, complete with myriad autograph and interview requests. At one point, an “M-V-P!” chant came down from the stands when Curry stood at… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ summer success the result of togetherness, scrappy play

Associated Press file photo by MARK J. TERRILL -- Robert Pack, then an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, yells to players during a 2013 game against the Washington Wizards. Pack has coached the Pelicans' Summer League team to the quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

The New Orleans Pelicans went through a spirited practice at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday afternoon. Preparing for a Saturday quarterfinals matchup against the 12th-seeded Golden State Warriors, the fourth-seeded Pelicans could be heard behind closed doors in what summer league head coach Robert Pack called a “high-energy” session. “The guys are locked in and they… Continue reading →

Pelicans roll over Wizards

Seth Curry

LAS VEGAS — Seth Curry and the New Orleans Pelicans continued rolling with a 97-81 victory against the Washington Wizards on Thursday evening. Curry, the leading scorer in the Las Vegas Summer League, finished with a game-high 26 points on 12-for-21 shooting as the Pelicans moved to 4-0 since arriving in Vegas. The victory means… Continue reading →

Pelicans find right formula in Las Vegas

Brooklyn Nets Willie Reed, center, falls down between New Orleans Pelicans Khem Birch, left, and New Orleans Pelicans Jordan Aboudou during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — Summer league is flooded in unfamiliarity. Whether it’s players who reside on the fringe of the league’s benches or assistant coaches who are thrust into leading roles for a week, the games are played with far different styles and scouting reports than what the regular season typically holds. But, for the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s… Continue reading →

Veterans excited about Pelicans’ new style

New Orleans Pelicans Victor Rudd dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter travelled to Vegas to see what the future held for them. If three summer league games are any indication of what’s to come when the season rolls around, the Pelicans starters like what they see. New Orleans once again broke out on a fast pace, had a litany… Continue reading →

Coach Alvin Gentry pleased with Pelicans’ pace in summer league

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry said he likes what he sees in the Pelicans uptempo offense in summer-league games in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Alvin Gentry doesn’t even need the Pelicans roster to know what his system is capable of in New Orleans. In two NBA summer-league games, the Pelicans’ new coach has watched a group of fringe NBA performers get up and down the floor with an innate sense of urgency, en route to… Continue reading →

Three pointers from the Pelicans-Bucks summer league game

1 Seth Curry can shoot. The Summer League star with the best odds to reach the team’s training camp didn’t lose that status Friday, showing himself to be a smooth scorer and attentive passer. He finished with 30 points on just 17 shots and drained a pair of 3-pointers 2 Basketball translates into any language. Chinese import… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign veteran Alonzo Gee

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELDCleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee shoots over New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans (1) and  power forward Ryan Anderson (33) on Oct. 11, 2013, in New Orleans. Gee signed with the Pelicans on Friday.

LAS VEGAS — The New Orleans Pelicans made their first shakeup to the roster, adding Alonzo Gee on Friday morning, as the two sides agreed on a two-year, $2.25 million contract that includes a player option in the second year. Gee, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Alabama, is the first player added to the team who… Continue reading →

Lewis: With Anthony Davis officially in tow, Alvin Gentry can sleep better

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- New Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry holds up a jersey Monday, June 22, 2015, during a press conference introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps joined him onstage.

Alvin Gentry had a nightmare Thursday. Anthony Davis had gone all DeAndre Jordan on him and had a last-minute change of heart about signing the five-year contract extension with the Pelicans he’d agreed to last week and instead was headed for free agency after this season. Did someone say the sky is falling? Small wonder… Continue reading →

Signed, sealed, delivered: Pelicans officially ink Anthony Davis, Omer Asik, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca to new deals

(Left to right) Pelicans' Mickey Loomis, Alvin Gentry, Alexis Ajinca, Dante Cunningham, Omer Asik and Dell Demps pose for a photo Thursday night at a low-key signing ceremony in New Orleans. (Courtesy photo)

Anthony Davis put his name on a contract a world away. The superstar forward, traveling in Hong Kong, locked himself into a five-year, $145 million extension, keeping him with the New Orleans Pelicans until at least 2020. Davis and the franchise came to agreement the minute he was allowed to discuss it on July 1, and followed… Continue reading →

Sources: Pelicans agree to deal with sharpshooter Luke Babbitt

Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross, right, drives to the hoop past New Orleans Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8) during fourth quarter NBA action in Toronto, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Sources close to the situation confirmed the franchise came to an agreement with reserve forward Luke Babbitt on a two year, $2.5 million contract late Thursday night. That makes 10 different players from the 2014-15 team who are under contract for the upcoming season. “Continuity is the ability of guys to get to know one… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry promises Pelicans season ticket-holders he’ll ‘take this team to the next level’ this season

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry speaks Monday, June 22, 2015, during a press conference introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach.

He’s not promising a championship — at least not right away. But on Tuesday, new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry promised to “take this team to the next level” in the 2015-16 season. Gentry’s remarks came during a teleconference with season-ticket holders, and in response to a question from one fan about the Pelicans’ chances… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Darren Erman balances preparation, opportunity as squad’s summer league coach

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Pelicans assistant Darren Erman talks to the media after the team's practice in Metairie on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Darren Erman has a challenging balancing act to perform. As coach of the New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league team, he’s trying to implement the franchise’s principles, design and strategy while simultaneously allowing players to display their skills to a wide audience. “We have guys who have NBA talent or are close to it, right on the border, so… Continue reading →

Former Tulane star Jay Hook taking his best shot in NBA summer league

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  New Orleans Pelicans guard Jay Hook waits to talk to the media after practice Tuesday in Metairie.

Jay Hook doesn’t need to see the scouts or the television cameras to know what the next week means. The former Tulane shooting guard went through his first two professional practices this week as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league and had Green Wave basketball coach Ed Conroy beaming with excitement.… Continue reading →

Sources: Pelicans to complete new coach Alvin Gentry’s staff by adding Phil Weber as an assistant

Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, left, greets New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, right, and assistant coach Phil Weber, center, prior to their NBA basketball game Friday, March 26, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The final touch on the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching staff is the impending addition of Phil Weber as an assistant, multiple sources told The Advocate on Sunday. The hiring was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Weber most recently served as head coach of the Sioux City Skyforce, which won the NBA Development League’s Central Division with a 29-21… Continue reading →

Lewis: Post-negotiation snapshot provides extra meaning to Anthony Davis’ record-breaking contract extension

Twitter photo -- From left, agent Thad Foucher, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps pose for a photo after they finalized Davis' five-year, $145 million contract extension, the largest deal in NBA history, to remain in New Orleans.

At first glance, the picture above Anthony Davis’ “NOLA, I’m here to stay!” tweet announcing his agreement to a five-year contract extension with the Pelicans isn’t that extraordinary — just four smiling men in a restaurant. And then it hits you. Along with AD, those men — Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps, new coach Alvin Gentry and Thad… Continue reading →

Dante Cunningham to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans for three years, $9 million

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham checks into a December game at the Smoothie King Center.

It won’t take long for fans to recognize the New Orleans Pelicans next season. The franchise continued on its free agency path of retaining its roster, by agreeing to terms with forward Dante Cunningham on a three-year, $9 million contract Saturday afternoon. The contract’s third season is a player option. Cunningham is the third unrestricted free… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ free agency signings show team’s commitment to continuity

New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in New York. New Orleans won 111-91. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) ORG XMIT: NYAH113

If continuity is king, the New Orleans Pelicans are wearing the crown. Less than 24 hours into free agency, general manager Dell Demps came to agreements with the team’s three highest priorities — All-Star forward Anthony Davis along with centers Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca — to keep the core of the team’s frontcourt in New Orleans… Continue reading →

Kevin Love stays with Cleveland; Tyson Chandler moves to Phoenix

FILE - In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) looks to pass during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. After all the speculation and intrigue surrounding Kevin Love's foray into the free agent market, the star power forward ended up right where he said he would all along _ in Cleveland. Love announced in The Players Tribune on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, that after his uneven first season ended with a serious shoulder injury, he is coming back to help LeBron James finish what they started together last season.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland. Tyson Chandler will conduct his business in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than $1 billion worth of deals. Love made his quickly, opting… Continue reading →

Pelicans and center Omer Asik come to an agreement on a new deal

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen (9) gets his shot blocked by New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) in the fourth quarter during the Pelicans 95-89 come from behind win at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 7, 2015.

The Pelicans and center Omer Asik have come to an agreement to keep the starting center in New Orleans. The franchise locked up its highest unrestricted free agent priority late Wednesday night when the two sides came to an agreement on a long-term agreement which is not fully guaranteed, per several sources close to the situation. The deal… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Insight from Anthony Davis' agent gives inside details on why superstar is sticking with Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) runs away for a dunk against San Antonio Spurs forward Marco Belinelli (3) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Maybe we’ve been burned too many times before. Maybe we thought the lure of the a major market — Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta or perhaps his native Chicago would prove too tempting if he’d just wait for a year or two. Or maybe we just underestimated the mindset of the young man. That, folks,… Continue reading →

Strong relationships, historic contract keep Anthony Davis in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is all smiles as he leaves the court after the Pelicans' 95-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Relationships matter. Coaches and front office members are often judged by what unfolds on the court and in signed contracts, but underneath it all New Orleans Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry has always said it’s about building trust. Gentry’s belief in prioritizing relationships helped persuade a once-cautious Anthony Davis into being… Continue reading →

Sources: Pelicans, Alexis Ajinca agree to new 4-year deal

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca blocks a shot by Bulls center Joakim Noah last season. Ajinca, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Pelicans.

. Alexis Ajinca is coming back to New Orleans. The Pelicans’ reserve center has agreed to a four-year, $20.2 million contract according to ESPN and confirmed by league sources, becoming the first unrestricted free agent to join the team this offseason. “I’m very excited to say that I will be a Pelican for four more years!,” Ajinca tweeted. “I’m… Continue reading →

Lewis: Anthony Davis’ huge deal with Pelicans thanks to Alvin Gentry charm, Tom Benson money -- and feeling franchise is on to something

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis celebrates a 108-103 victory against the San Antonio Spurs on the last day of the regular season. Davis and the Pelicans agreed to a five-year extension late Tuesday night.

First there was the Alvin Gentry charm offensive. Then came the Dell Demps financial offensive. Or, since it’s his money, maybe that should be Tom Benson financial offensive. And they both worked. Big-time. June hadn’t turned into July before Anthony Davis had accepted the Pelicans’ five-year max contract offer worth upwards of $145 million. The exact total is tied… Continue reading →

After Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans not likely to make more big waves in free agency

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTONJrue Holiday talks during a news conference with New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps after Holiday was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers last summer.

Dell Demps isn’t one to shy away from making a move. In his five previous offseasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, the general manager has shown a penchant for dealing in nearly every conceivable scenario. Free agent pickups, sign-and-trade deals, shedding nonguaranteed contracts, flipping draft picks and a myriad of player swaps has earned Demps the reputation… Continue reading →

Photos: Our favorite shots of Anthony Davis, from thunderous slams, to big smiles, to community service

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis hugs students TUesday as he and his teammates helped unveil the team's alternate red uniform at St. Catherine's of Siena in Metairie.

The New Orleans Pelicans made free agency headlines late Tuesday night, reportedly agreeing to a five-year, $145 million max contract extension. The slideshow above contains some of our favorite photos of the Pelicans’ superstar, who’s known for his unibrow, big dunks and generosity in the community.… Continue reading →

Report: New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis agree to historic 5-year contract extension

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- The New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis agreed to a five-year contract extension late Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Anthony Davis didn’t hesitate. Literally, the minute he was allowed to, the New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar forward agreed to a five-year contract extension with the franchise worth upwards of $145 million. “NOLA, I am here to stay,” Davis tweeted. “Just getting started… #6MoreYears #TakeFlight” Davis posted a photo of himself flanked by Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and… Continue reading →