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Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (61) / 11/5/1954

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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. Jun 27 - 11:14 AM

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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.
Apr 25 - 10:16 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.

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.
Jan 8 - 10:30 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.
Jan 5 - 3:37 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he is evaluating the current starting lineup.

When three of your five starters score a combined three points in the last game and the lineup is less than a week old, you had better evaluate it. Omer Asik -- and his new contract -- have been a waste of space, so he's a candidate to move out of the lineup. Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee could also be moved out. Gee could be bumped from the rotation entirely, too.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that he will play his starters at full regular-season minutes in the last two preseason games.

This means that we should get a glimpse of their rotation on Oct. 21 against the Magic and Oct. 23 against the Bulls. The Pelicans are going to play at an insane pace on offense this season, so expect players such as Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon to benefit.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Alvin Gentry has been emphasizing playing at a faster pace during the Pelicans' mini-camp.

"Coach Gentry was emphasizing with the players at the team meetings in putting in some of his offensive system and saying we're not a jogging team, but a running team," Lead assistant Darren Erman said. Gentry was a major part of developing the Warriors' offensive system in Golden State, and under his guidance the Dubs ranked first in pace on their way to their first championship in over 40 years. Needless to say, the Pelicans will be dialing up the tempo next season, which will not only be fun to watch, but it is a system that will foster plenty of fantasy value.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 09:52:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Robert Pack as an assistant coach.

Pack had previously been an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder and will now join Alvin Gentry's bench in New Orleans. Gentry has wasted no time putting his staff together with Pack and former Celtics assistant Darren Erman and it looks like he'll have a full stable of assistants assembled within days of his hire as the Pelicans head coach.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 10:07:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly close to hiring Darren Erman as associate head coach.

Erman had previously held an assistant job with the Celtics and will now oversee the Pelicans defense. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Erman has already informed the Celtics that he will be joining the Pelicans, which means Alvin Gentry is one step closer to assembling a full staff.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 09:38:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have officially hired Alvin Gentry as their head coach.

"We are excited to announce that Alvin Gentry is the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. We warmly welcome Alvin and his family to the Pelicans organization," said GM Dell Demps. Gentry expressed his excitement as well, but he will not officially begin his new role until the Golden State Warriors conclude the NBA Finals. Gentry should help to maximize Anthony Davis' seemingly limitless offensive potential, which is a frightening thought for fantasy owners and every other NBA team in the league.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr offered Alvin Gentry his support for taking the Pelicans' head coaching job.

"I'm extremely happy for Alvin and wish him the best of luck in this new challenge," Kerr said in a statement. "He's had a tremendous impact on the success of our team this season and, personally, has been instrumental in my development as a coach. His experience as a head coach in the NBA has been invaluable during my first season and will, likewise, serve the Pelicans well as they move forward." Gentry has done an outstanding job by helping the Warriors reach the NBA Finals, and he has plenty to be excited about with Anthony Davis waiting for him in New Orleans. For now, his only focus will be on the Warriors as they look to claim the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Sun, May 31, 2015 01:15:00 PM

The Pelicans have chosen Alvin Gentry as their new head coach, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Well, so much for Tom Thibodeau or Jeff Van Gundy taking over. Gentry has always been viewed as a player's coach and he's earned another chance after two very successful stints as an assistant with the Clippers and Warriors. Gentry does run an up-tempo style, so there should still be plenty of fantasy goodness for Anthony Davis and Co.
Sat, May 30, 2015 07:32:00 PM

Alvin Gentry had a second interview with the Pelicans and is "emerging" as the frontrunner, according to's John Reid.

The Pelicans are believed to be after Gentry, Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. While Gentry has been somewhat successful with the Suns as a head coach and very successful as an assistant with the Clippers and Warriors, he wouldn't be as big of a splash as Thibs or JVG. It sounds like the Pelicans want to get a coach before the NBA Finals start.
Fri, May 29, 2015 09:39:00 PM

Alvin Gentry is reportedly "more than interested" in the Pelicans' head coaching position, and he's very likely to secure a second interview with the club after the Warriors' postseason run is over.

"He's more than interested," an anonymous source said regarding Gentry. "He really believes that this is a job that would certainly define him as a coach because of the opportunity that it creates." The opportunity to coach Anthony Davis as he makes his ascension into superstardom is certainly an alluring prospect, and with the Pelicans searching for a coach to bring an exciting, up-tempo offense to the team, Gentry does make a lot of sense. Tom Thibodeau is still in the running, but Gentry would be a better fit considering what New Orleans is asking for, so he appears to be the frontrunner right now.
Thu, May 21, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
3Norris Cole
4Langston Galloway
SG1Buddy Hield
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Quincy Pondexter
3Dante Cunningham
4Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Terrence Jones
3Cheick Diallo
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Kendrick Perkins