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Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (62) / 11/5/1954
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Coach Alvin Gentry said one of the Pelicans primary goals this offseason will be improving their outside shooting.
New Orleans' frontcourt, with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, is obviously their strength. However, Gentry acknowledged that it's also imperative to surround his two stud bigs with shooters that can space the floor. "We’re going to have to be able to knock down perimeter shots. Not necessarily 3-point shots, but we have to make perimeter shots to keep the defense honest," said Gentry. "That’s going to be something we struggled with last year and something we have to improve on in order to make a playoff run." May 16 - 10:30 AM

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The Pelicans will keep head coach Alvin Gentry in place for the 2017-18 season according to The Advocate.

In addition to Gentry, general manager Dell Demps will also keep his job. Gentry has compiled a 64-100 record over the past two years, so the 2017-18 season will likely be his last chance to make the Pelicans relevant again in the West. Gentry is set to represent the Pelicans at the draft lottery on Tuesday which all but confirms this report, but the fact that the franchise haven't publicly commented on the matter isn't very reassuring.
May 15 - 11:58 AM

The Sporting News is reporting that the Pelicans will likely fire coach Alvin Gentry if the team does not qualify for the postseason or at least show "significant progress."

General manager Dell Demps may also be ousted but is apparently more likely to remain with the organization than Gentry. Expectations were ratcheted up once the Pels traded for DeMarcus Cousins, but the team has lost seven of the 11 games they have played since the blockbuster deal. New Orleans is now six games back of the eight-seeded Nuggets and has almost no shot of getting into the playoffs.
Mar 17 - 1:34 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry blasted his team after they were embarrassed in a 143-114 loss to the Nets on Friday night.

"Everything sucked. The effort that we played with sucked, the coaching sucked," said Gentry. "The ball movement, everything about it was horrendous ... They kicked our (butt). In plain English, they kicked our (butt)." Solomon Hill even went so far as to say: "I think it was the worst loss of my career, by far." It's possible that Gentry will look to shake up his lineup simply to send a message to his team. The Pelicans next game is Monday vs. the Cavs.
Jan 21 - 10:01 AM

New Orleans has lost six of its last seven games, but coach Alvin Gentry is not fretting over his job status.

When asked about the security of his job as Pelicans coach after Thursday's game, Gentry gave a direct answer to the media. "I really don't give a s*** about my job status," Gentry said. "I'm gonna work hard, and I'm gonna coach until the day they tell me I'm not the coach here anymore. It doesn't matter. I don't ever worry about that. That isn't anything that I spend five seconds worrying about." To be fair to Gentry, point guard Jrue Holiday has missed 14 games this season and the Pelicans are just 2-12 in those contests.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:31:00 AM

The Pelicans are reportedly looking to add a playmaker before the season.

The Pelicans were linked with Ty Lawson before he signed with the Kings and worked out Lance Stephenson this week, but their pursuit of another playmaker will only intensify following the news that Jrue Holiday (personal) is out indefinitely. Tyreke Evans (knee) is also expected to miss the beginning of the season, meaning Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore and Langston Galloway will be heavily involved right out of the gate.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:38:00 PM

The Pelicans have reportedly been "aggressively" pursuing some of the "higher level" guards on the free agent market.

The Pelicans would reportedly like to bring some more depth to the guard position, but they also currently have 15 guaranteed deals on the books and they don't have much money to work with. Kevin Martin could be an option, and they also will have Lance Stephenson come in for a workout, but those guys don't exactly fit the narrative of "higher level" talent. This could also be an indication that the team is ready to move on from Tyreke Evans (knee surgery), who might not be ready for the start of the season.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 11:37:00 AM

According to the Associated Press, the 2017 NBA All-Star game will take place in New Orleans.

The NBA hasn't officially announced their decision, but this was always the expected outcome since the game was moved out of Charlotte, NC. Expect an announcement from the league in the coming days.
Source: AP
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 09:34:00 AM

The NBA is expected to soon announce that the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will take place in New Orleans, sources told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

New Orleans has been viewed as a favorite since the league decided to pull the game out of Charlotte, and it would be surprising if the league came to terms with another destination at this point. Assuming this goes down as expected, the move should make for an interesting All-Star Weekend, to say the very the least. There could be an official announcement as early as next week.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and New Orleans are all currently being considering as potential destinations to host the 2017 All-Star Game, according to sources of Scott Kushner.

Kushner reports that New Orleans remains the front-runner to host All-Star Weekend, but it'll likely be another few weeks until an official decision is made.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is looking to add a veteran small forward in free agency this summer.

"You know going into this summer obviously that's a position that we have to address," Demps said. "Last year, not having Quincy [Pondexter] really set us back. In the past, Tyreke [Evans] has actually really played well there. And going into last year, we thought we were going to have both of those guys and when we didn't, it did set us back." Names like Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, Allen Crabbe and/or Jared Dudley could make sense as potential targets.
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "definitely coming back," a source told John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Demps has been on the hot seat as a result of some questionable personnel moves and his team's disappointing season, but according to this report, it doesn't seem like ownership is prepared to make a change following an injury-ravaged campaign in which it was difficult to evaluate Demps fairly. Despite Demps looking safe for now, there is still no defending his decision to re-sign Omer Asik last summer.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said that he is actively looking for potential trades.

''People always ask about about trades, are you going to do something on the short term," Demps said. "We have to do what makes sense We just can't make a trade to just make a trade. You can't just get rid of a guy and bring back lesser talent or is it going to make the team deficient. So we're looking right now." Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans are rumored to be on the trade block, while Demps admitted that the Pelicans are looking to add a small forward who can defend and hit the 3-point shot. For now, nothing is imminent.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is contemplating a lineup change for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

Gentry has been threatening to change his lineup since December, and it's clear that something has to change with Pelicans boasting an 11-23 record. Obvious candidates to move out of the starting lineup would be Alonzo Gee and Omer Asik, as Gee can't do anything but defend and Asik may be the worst starting center in the NBA. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for an update prior to tip-off, as nothing is imminent at the moment.
Fri, Jan 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Alvin Gentry wants the Pelicans to play at a faster pace.

"I think it’s been OK," Gentry said. "At the end of the day, we still want to play with more pace than we’re playing with." The Pelicans can create mismatches at almost every position when they're running in transition, so this isn't a surprise. Tyreke Evans (knee), among others, is working to adjust to Gentry's desires, and the Pelicans have even made adjustments to get Evans feeling more comfortable.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 03:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
SG1Jrue Holiday
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Solomon Hill
2Quincy Pondexter
3Axel Toupane
PF1Anthony Davis
2Dante Cunningham
3Cheick Diallo
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik