Pelicans, Wizards to meet at Rupp Arena in preseason

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Pelicans and Washington Wizards will play a preseason game at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, the Bluegrass Sports Commission and Global Sports Management announced Wednesday.

The game will feature three former Kentucky players: Anthony Davis and Darius Miller from the Pelicans and John Wall of the Wizards.

Also, Davis will be on-site as a judge at the Red Bull Midnight Run on Friday in New Orleans, with the goal of finding the city’s best basketball players. The top 100 players from New Orleans and its surrounding areas will compete at the Alario Center for a chance to represent the city this fall at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Houston and Washington D.C. also will send their eight best to Brooklyn with the goal of figuring out which city produces the best basketball players.


WALL SIGNS EXTENSION: Point guard John Wall agreed to a contract extension with the Washington Wizards, and two people familiar with the deal say is worth about $80 million over five years.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team’s announcement did not reveal financial terms.

Wall was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft after playing one season of college basketball at Kentucky, immediately becoming the prime building block for a Wizards club that now has missed the playoffs each of the past five seasons.

He has averaged 16.9 points, eight assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35.8 minutes during his career, starting 172 of 184 games.

In the Wizards’ release announcing the extension, Wall says he will do “everything I can to get this team back where it belongs.”


JENNINGS DEAL DONE: Detroit officially announced the next step in its win-now plan, acquiring point guard Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Brandon Knight and two other players.

“We believe Brandon’s talent and skill set will complement the core group of players we have assembled on our roster in a positive way,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said.

The Pistons also gave up two seldom-used players: forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.

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