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Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (63) / 11/5/1954
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Coach Alvin Gentry said "there's not one single person" in the Pelicans organization that doesn't want to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins is reportedly seeking a max contract despite his recent Achilles tear. The Pels played well without Cousins last season, but losing a player with his combination of size and skill via free agency would be tough for New Orleans to swallow. "The bottom line is that obviously we'd like to have him back on our team," Gentry said on Monday. "Anyone that thinks you're better having a guy that averaged [25 PPG, 13 RPG, 5 APG] not on your team is really kind of not in tune to what it takes to win in this league." May 22 - 1:41 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Pelicans have reportedly picked up their team option on Alvin Gentry for the 2018-19 season.

New Orleans reportedly informed Gentry of their decision prior to the team completing their first-round sweep of the No. 3 seeded Trail Blazers and he certainly earned it, coaching the Pelicans to the No. 6 seed out West despite losing DeMarcus Cousins midway through the season.
Apr 23 - 6:33 PM

The Pelicans are expected to be aggressive at the trade deadline.

Even with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) out for the season, the Pelicans are committed to making a playoff push and will be buyers at the deadline. The Pelicans do have solid backcourt depth, but could be in the market for a wing or a center to take the pressure off Anthony Davis. Don't be surprised if they are linked to a guy like a Greg Monroe.
Jan 28 - 10:46 AM

Alvin Gentry hinted during a recent interview that the Pelicans are looking to add another small forward in wake of the Solomon Hill (hamstring) injury.

"I think we’ve got some players who can fill in, but we’ve really got to go out and find another guy of that size with a little bit of versatility, that can play some [power forward] or maybe even some [shooting guard] for us, depending on who we try to get," Gentry said. "Right now we’ve got to decide if we’re going to add a guy and how we can do that." There aren't a ton of options out there at this point, but someone like Shabazz Muhammad or Matt Barnes could fit the description of the kind of player that New Orleans is looking for.
Source: NBA
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans won't be a "walk-it-up, play slow team" for next season.

This isn't the first time Gentry has talked-up pace and usually nothing has come of it since his Phoenix days. The Pelicans were 13th in pace after the break last year, which is a shade slower than their ninth-ranked pace before the break. Rajon Rondo was at his post-Boston best when the Kings were first in the NBA for pace in the 2015-16 season, so maybe that'll help things along.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 04:09:00 PM

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."
Tue, May 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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.
Mon, May 15, 2017 11:58:00 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.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 01:34:00 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.
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 10:01:00 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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Ian Clark
3Mike James
4Frank Jackson
5Larry Drew II
SG1Jrue Holiday
2DeAndre Liggins
3Charles Cooke
4Jordan Crawford
SF1E'Twaun Moore
2Darius Miller
3Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Emeka Okafor
3Alexis Ajinca