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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 →

Sources: Pelicans will extend qualifying offers to Norris Cole and Jeff Withey, shedding light on the team’s likely plans in free agency

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) celebrates a shot with New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans are taking aim at the salary cap. On Monday, league sources confirmed to The Advocate that the franchise will extend qualifying offers to a pair of reserves — guard Norris Cole and center Jeff Withey — pushing the amount of committed money on the team’s payroll within $5.5 million of the $67.1 million projected… Continue reading →

Report: NBA ordered 76ers to pay Pelicans $3 million after not disclosing Jrue Holiday’s injuries

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Injured players Jrue Holiday, left, and Jason Smith sit on the bench as the Pelicans play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

The New Orleans Pelicans received $660,000 from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday when they traded away the 56th pick in the NBA draft. They apparently received much more last season from a 2013 trade. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the NBA ordered the 76ers to pay the Pelicans $3 million last season after not fully… Continue reading →

Big man Greg Monroe, formerly of Georgetown and the Detroit Pistons, looks for his niche

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pro basketball player, Greg Monroe, speaks to some children at his basketball clinic at Delgado College in New Orleans on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

When the NBA’s free-agency period begins Wednesday, New Orleanian Greg Monroe will be one of the top big men available. Monroe, an unrestricted free agent who played five years with the Detroit Pistons, joins centers Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as those available who could most bolster a team’s frontcourt. Five teams have… Continue reading →

With a maximum contract offer coming his way this week, will the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis break the mold again?

Associated Press photo by MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ -- New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis

It is often said that Anthony Davis breaks the mold. The New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar forward combines length, athleticism, bounce, shooting touch and court vision into a package rarely displayed on an NBA floor. And he’s about to be offered the dollars required to remain in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. At 12:01 a.m. EDT on… Continue reading →

After quiet draft, Pelicans add Jay Hook, Bryce Dejean-Jones to roster for summer league

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave guard Jay Hook (24) shoots against UCF Knights forward Kasey Wilson (32) on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t add any players to their regular-season roster during Thursday’s NBA draft, but the team did boost its roster for the summer league Friday. The team selected Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the No. 56 pick Thursday but immediately sold his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for $600,000.… Continue reading →

Tulane sharpshooter Jay Hook, Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean Jones to join Pelicans for summer league in Las Vegas

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave guard Jay Hook (24) shoots against UCF Knights forward Staphon Blair (52) at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Jay Hook will have a familiar name across his chest to start his professional career. The former Tulane sharpshooter told The Advocate he will attend Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans. His first game will be July 10 against Milwaukee at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Hook played for four years under coach Ed Conroy, becoming the team’s most reliable… Continue reading →

Pelicans draft Michigan State’s Branden Dawson, sell his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson  (Photo: Seth Wenig, Associated Press)

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Branden Dawson of Michigan State with the 56th overall pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. The team immediately announced that the pick had been sold, but it did not say to which team. A source confirmed to The Advocate that Dawson’s rights are heading to the Los Angeles Clippers; the team… Continue reading →

Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns with NBA draft’s No. 1 pick

Karl-Anthony Towns, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being announced as the top pick, by the Minnesota Timberwolves, at the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK —The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was… Continue reading →

Walker: Grab a cup of coffee while waiting for Pelicans’ pick

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry speaks during a press conference Monday, June 22, 2015, introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, center, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps join him onstage at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie.

If you’re a Pelicans fans, there’s really no need for you to watch Thursday night’s NBA draft. But if you decide to tune in, drink plenty of coffee or Red Bull. You’ll need it to stay awake long enough to see who the Pelicans select. The Pelicans don’t pick until late in… Continue reading →

Lewis: Finally on board, Alvin Gentry is ‘good from the start,’ like he says his Pelicans will be

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.

So, Coach, what took you so darn long to get here? Well, if you’re Alvin Gentry, the three-plus weeks between your being named coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and your formal introduction Monday at the team’s practice facility were certainly worth it: helping the Golden State Warriors, of which you were associate head coach, win… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry emphasizes defense, predicts great things in Anthony Davis’ future

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry speaks during a press conference Monday, June 22, 2015, introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, center, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps join him onstage at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie.

It didn’t take Alvin Gentry long to address his critics. The New Orleans Pelicans’ new head coach — who has transformed offenses into units of dazzling destruction during his previous four head coaching stints and various assistant positions — made sure to highlight the importance of defense in his first news conference with the franchise. At least three times… Continue reading →

The Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry retains Kevin Hanson and Fred Vinson, assistants under former coach Monty Williams

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

The final two spots on new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry’s staff were filled by assistants who are familiar to the team’s players. Four days after Gentry was hired, news surfaced that Darren Erman would be Gentry’s associate head coach in charge of defense, and New Orleanian Robert Pack would be the backcourt specialist. At Gentry’s introductory news conference Monday,… Continue reading →

After what he’s heard from a reliable source — his brother Justin — Jrue Holiday is excited about new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) congratulates New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) on his last minute basket at the end of the second quarter of the Pelicans vs. Grizzlies game on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

Jrue Holiday likes what he hears about his new coach, Alvin Gentry. And the New Orleans Pelicans point guard couldn’t find a more trustworthy source on the matter. His brother, Golden State Warriors reserve guard Justin Holiday, played under Gentry this season, and they parted ways this summer as NBA champions. “My brother spoke… Continue reading →

At the Women’s World Cup, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday supporting wife Lauren, a midfielder for Team USA

Photo by Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via APNigeria's Asisat Oshoala (8) leaps past Lauren Holiday of the United States while chasing down a ball during the first half of Tuesday's match.

At the Women’s World Cup, Jrue Holiday knows his place. The former NBA All-Star and current New Orleans Pelicans point guard is merely the man married to the person everyone wants to see — his wife and United States Women’s National Team midfielder Lauren Holiday is the main attraction. “No one here knows who… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon exercises player option for next season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been consistently strong lately both in scoring and with assists, helping lead the Pelicans' recent surge.

Guard Eric Gordon exercised the one-year player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Gordon appeared in 61 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 13.4 points while shooting a career-high .448 from 3-point range and helped New Orleans reach the playoffs for the first time… Continue reading →

Sources: Eric Gordon planning to return to Pelicans

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.

It may not be official, but Eric Gordon is certainly making it look that way. The New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard tweeted “#TakeFlight”, the franchise’s official hashtag, which revealed he’s planning to opt-in to the final year of his contract. Sources close to the situation confirmed Gordon’s return to the Pelicans but… Continue reading →

History suggests Pelicans are due for an offensive surge under Alvin Gentry

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

Dell Demps desired a faster pace as a byproduct of a revamped and rejuvenated offense. That was the determining factor when the New Orleans Pelicans general manager selected Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as the team’s head coach. If history is any indication, the Pelicans’ No. 8 ranking in offensive efficiency… Continue reading →

Brandon Bass high on new Pelicans assistant Darren Erman

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the second half Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans won in overtime, 121-120.

Count Baton Rouge native Brandon Bass, a 10-year NBA veteran, as a supporter of the Pelicans new defensive guru. Bass has spent the past four seasons with the Boston Celtics — two under Darren Erman, who was recently hired as new Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry’s top assistant, charged with improving a franchise that last season dazzled… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis to be on NBA 2K16 video game cover

Photo provided by 2k Sports -- NBA 2K16 features the Pelicans' Anthony Davis as well as Golden State's Stephen Curry and Houston's James Harden.

Anthony Davis hasn’t spoken to his new coach yet. But the Pelicans All-NBA power forward is well-aware of Alvin Gentry’s reputation. “I know he’s an offensive coach who likes fast-paced, up-and-down scoring,” Davis said Thursday in a telephone interview with Reuters promoting NBA 2K16 with which he shares the cover with Golden State’s… Continue reading →

Gentry No. 1 reason to watch Finals

Associated Press file photo by Jeff ChiuGolden State coach Steve Kerr, left, and assistant coach Alvin Gentry watch from the bench against Miami in January.

Ten reasons to love the 2015 NBA Finals: 1. Alvin Gentry. The new Pelicans coach will literally be Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s right-hand man, directing the Warriors top-ranked offense. Admit it. You’ll be paying closer attention to what Golden State is doing than normal. 2. LeBron. What would the Finals be these days without LBJ?… Continue reading →

Reports: Former Pelicans coach Monty Williams to be lead assistant for Oklahoma City Thunder

Former Pelicans coach Monty Williams

It took just three weeks for Monty Williams to land another job. The former New Orleans Pelicans coach accepted a position as a lead assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, Yahoo Sports reported. Williams spent five seasons coaching New Orleans’ NBA franchise, including a 45-win season last year that earned the team its first trip to the playoffs since… Continue reading →

Sources: New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry selects Darren Erman, Robert Pack to join staff

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, right, and assistant coach Darren Erman share a lighthearted moment while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

Newly hired New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry may be preparing for the NBA Finals, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting his staff together. Darren Erman will become the team’s associate head coach in charge of the defense, while New Orleans native Robert Pack will serve as a backcourt specialist, league sources confirmed to The Advocate on… Continue reading →

Pelicans working to hire Boston Celtics' director of scouting Darren Erman as assistant coach

Darren Erman, left, and Mark Jackson (AP Photo)

The Pelicans are seeking to make Boston Celtics director of scouting Darren Erman the first member of new Coach Alvin Gentry’s staff, NBA sources confirmed and earlier report by ESPN late Monday. Erman was the architect of a top-three defense with Golden State until he was famously fired late in the 2014 season for supposedly taping a conversation with other Warriors… Continue reading →