Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pelicans selected Tony Carr with the 51st pick in the NBA Draft.

The Penn State product is a high-volume guy with a 29.9 usage rate, but he didn’t have the efficiency at just 52.7 TS%. Carr was also in the top five for turnovers in the Big Ten, but on the plus side he is 6’5" with a 6’8" wingspan. He likely won’t be in the rotation for a while.
Jun 21 - 11:45 PM

The Mavs believe they have a strong chance of signing DeMarcus Cousins in free agency this summer, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Adrian Wojnarowski has also mentioned that the Mavs are expected to go after a center in free agency, and Cousins grew up somewhat near Dallas as an Alabama native. Cousins is progressing in his rehab as he is already doing work on a treadmill with some conditioning in a pool. He likely won't be 100 percent to start this upcoming season.
Jun 21 - 3:24 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) has progressed to training in a pool and running on a treadmill.

He's moving along quite nicely from his Achilles tear back on Jan. 26. His injury is basically uncharted territory for a man his size in this age of modern medicine, so it could affect his chances on a long-term deal. Regardless, things are looking up for Cousins to be close to full strength before the calendar turns to 2019.
Jun 16 - 3:25 PM

Emeka Okafor said he expects to be back with the Pelicans in 2018-19.

Despite being out of the league for five years due to injury, Okafor was a nice surprise for the Pelicans, averaging 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 13.6 minutes over 26 appearances. It's unclear if the Pelicans will re-sign DeMarcus Cousins and they are talking up Cheick Diallo quite a bit, but we'd still expect the Pelicans to bring Okafor back as emergency depth -- he's only on the books for a non-guaranteed $2.4 million.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 11:44 AM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has agreed to a two-year contract extension.

The Pelicans picked up his 2018-19 option right before the playoffs, so this will keep him under contract with the Pelicans through the 2020-21 season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Gentry will receive a raise on his 2018-19 salary, a guaranteed contract for 2019-20 and a 2020-21 contract that will be performance-based. Gentry will look to build off an impressive campaign in which he led the Pelicans to a 6th place finish in the West with a 48-34 record.
Jun 7 - 9:22 AM

The Pelicans would reportedly like to sign DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) to a short-term deal this summer.

A full Achilles tear is nothing to shrug at, so it would be wise for the Pelicans front office to sign Cousins to a short-term, show-me type deal rather than awarding him a five-year, supermax contract this summer. The Mavericks have been reported to have interest in Cousins, but what they do on draft day could change how they view Cousins when free agency opens up on July 1. For what it's worth, Anthony Davis would like New Orleans to retain Boogie.
Jun 6 - 1:15 PM

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."
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:41 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Mavericks are expected to pursue not only Cousins, but also DeAndre Jordan and restricted free agent Julius Randle.

It may be nothing, but Cousins was caught liking an Instagram comment that said he should be paid the max. The Mavs would more than likely offer that if talks were to get serious. As for Jordan, everyone remembers his fiasco with the Mavs and Clips back in 2015 when he went back on his verbal agreement to go to Dallas, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise they would still be interested. Randle's decision will be affected by how the Lakers handle his restricted free agency.
May 21 - 1:02 PM

DeMarcus Cousins says his rehab is going great and that he is "shooting to be ready for training camp."

Cousins underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles in late January. He says he has been cleared to rehab six days a week. "The results have been good so far — well, not even good, great," said Cousins. "I didn’t lose much strength. It’s a lot of positives. Like I said, everything’s been great and it’s in the right direction." Cousins, who will hit free agency this summer, also said that he would be open to returning to New Orleans.
May 18 - 12:52 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said the franchise is excited to have Frank Jackson back on the court.

Jackson underwent surgeries to repair two different breaks in his right foot last summer, then he had scar tissue removed from the same foot in March which kept him out for his entire rookie season. He's expected to play in the Summer League, but his path to minutes will be complicated if the Pelicans retain Rajon Rondo in free agency.
May 17 - 11:46 AM

The Pelicans are counting on Cheick Diallo to become an "impact player" for them in 2018-19.

"[We] saw flashes of Cheick Diallo this year," Pelicans GM Dell Demps said. "We're hoping those guys (Diallo and Frank Jackson) can be impact players for us next year. The potential is definitely there, the work ethic is there." Demps added that Diallo will play in the Summer League and that the Pelicans will find a way to integrate him into their plans. He averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in his final 19 games of the season, stepping up in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. His fantasy outlook for 2018-19 hinges on what the Pelicans do with Boogie Cousins in free agency.
May 17 - 11:44 AM

The 2017-18 finalists for MVP are LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis.

Davis is also in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, where he's up against Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid. Harden and LeBron are tough company for the MVP category and there's a general expectation that Harden will go home with the award, but AD certainly made his case, carrying New Orleans into the playoffs after DeMarcus Cousins went down. The winner will be announced in June.
May 16 - 9:02 PM

Frank Jackson is expected to play in Summer League.

Jackson has been plagued by a foot injury, which kept him out of action in his rookie season. Jackson did not play in Summer League last year, but hurt his foot again in August to keep him out until now.
May 10 - 7:03 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said everybody on the team wants DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) back with the Pelicans next year.

This isn't a surprising quote despite how the Pelicans played their best ball after the Boogie Achilles injury. Even next to Anthony Davis, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 boards and 5.4 dimes on the season over his 48 games. An earlier ESPN report said that the Pelicans are looking to sign Cousins to a two- or three-year deal this summer. It'll be interesting to see if a team offers him a max deal.
May 10 - 2:32 PM

Rajon Rondo was non-committal when asked if he'll be back with the Pelicans next season.

"We'll see how it goes," Rondo said of his upcoming free agency. "I love this group of guys. It's a group of good guys. I love playing for coach [Alvin] Gentry. We'll see how it goes." Rondo was a decent fit in New Orleans, and there won't be a ton of teams recruiting him on the open market with the point guard position filled in a lot of spots around the league. What the Pelicans do with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) free agency will likely dictate whether or not they can retain Rondo.
May 9 - 10:43 AM


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