September 21, 2018, 8:39 pmEmeka Okafor - C - Philadelphia Sixers
The Philadelphia Sixers have signed Emeka Okafor to a training camp deal one day before the start of camp.
Even if the ancient Okafor manages to stick on the roster, he shouldn’t be anything more than a veteran presence.
September 21, 2018, 4:15 pmJulius Randle - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said he wasn't worried about a possible logjam in the frontcourt, saying "it will all work itself out."
Demps added that due to the team's fast pace, players will need in-game breathers which indicates both Julius Randle and Niko Mirotic will get ample time on the court. We don't know exactly how these two pieces will fit around Anthony Davis but both look safe to be drafted in the late-mid round.
Source: Jim Eichenhofer on Twitter
September 19, 2018, 2:54 pmEmeka Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have waived Emeka Okafor.
Okafor managed to play 26 games with the Pels last season, his first NBA action since the 2012-13 season. With 1.0 swats a night it's clear that he can still play a niche role in the league, so we'll see if some team would rather roll with a known entity rather than gamble on an upside play to round out their center depth chart.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
September 17, 2018, 6:47 pmJarrett Jack - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jarrett Jack has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.
The veteran will compete for a reserve point guard spot. It's a pretty good landing spot as the Pelicans have Elfrid Payton as the starter and then not much else in terms of true point guards, though Jrue Holiday obviously handles a lot of playmaking work. Jack was shut down during the season last year after serving as New York's starter in the early going. He won't be a fantasy option even if he makes the final roster.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 25, 2018, 12:37 pmAnthony Davis - PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans
According to Second Spectrum Draymond Green defended Anthony Davis on 46 percent of possessions this season when the Warriors and Pelicans matched up.
Davis was 15-of-29 from the field against Green and scored 37 points during those possessions. This will be an interesting matchup to watch starting on Saturday for Game 1 when the Pelicans and the Warriors will rematch in the playoffs. Last time they went head-to-head in the playoffs it was a clean sweep by the Warriors. However, this is a much better Pelicans squad and a Curry-less Warriors team so a sweep is unlikely. We all know the Warriors like to play small ball with Green at the five, but with Davis already having success shooting 52 percent against him, it may the force the Warriors to play bigger more often.
Source: James Grayson on Twitter
April 24, 2018, 11:04 amDeMarcus Cousins - C - New Orleans Pelicans
Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that the Pelicans have broached internally the idea of offering Cousins a two- or three-year deal at less than the max.
The Pelicans have looked better, faster, stingier and more versatile with Davis at center, Jrue Holiday in an elevated role, and Nikola Mirotic spacing the floor and that could alter the team’s intention to resign Boogie. Only a half-dozen or so teams have max-level space this season, and most won't pursue Cousins at that level, as he doesn't make sense for rebuilding teams and no one can't be confident Cousins will be ready to produce at his usual All-Star level until 2019-20, anyway. The Mavs and the Lakers might be the only two realisitc suitors but a lot will depend on how much money they want to spend this summer.
April 23, 2018, 8:01 pmAlvin Gentry - Team - New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans informed Alvin Gentry that they had picked up his team option for 2018-19 prior to the sweep of the Blazers.
Gentry has done an amazing job getting the Pelicans into the playoffs after they lost Boogie. It will be interesting to see how they fare against the Warriors in the second round.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 21, 2018, 8:16 pmAnthony Davis - PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis closed out the first round sweep in style, finishing Saturday's 131-123 victory with 47 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and three blocks.
Davis was 15-of-24 from the field and 15-of-17 from the line in another unfair performance. The Blazers had absolutely no answers for AD's length, strength or skills and now all eyes will be on him as the Pels try to take down the Warriors. They had a little extra incentive to handle business today with Steph Curry set to be evaluated again on Friday, as that matchup could kick off next Saturday if the Dubs win tomorrow. Davis is nearly unguardable but we're going to have tons of fun watching Golden State try to slow him down. The 47 points were also a career playoff-high. What a talent.
April 21, 2018, 8:13 pmJrue Holiday - PG/SG - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday was a man possessed in Saturday's series-clincher, scoring 41 points on 15-of-23 from the field while adding two threes and eight assists.
Holiday also committed seven turnovers but was absolutely tremendous on defense, shutting Damian Lillard down in the first half to the point where the Blazers were actively looking for other players on offense. He got some help with that assignment later in the game but the damage was done. It was a breakout series for Holiday, who is starting to gain some well-deserved acclaim after the Pelicans made pundits look silly with a sweep over the third-seeded Blazers. Just another notch in his belt in what's been a truly phenomenal season.
April 21, 2018, 8:10 pmRajon Rondo - PG - New Orleans Pelicans
Rajon Rondo commanded the offense beautifully on Saturday, picking up seven points, seven rebounds and 16 assists in a home win while committing only two turnovers in 35 minutes.
Rondo also got into a brief altercation with Zach Collins before halftime and gave Portland fits for much of the series, whether that was with his mind games or on-court prowess. He's still a supremely effective passer when he's not hijacking the offense, and his court vision and the lethal options around him will play very well against the Warriors in round two. Look for more highlight assists from Rondo for the duration of the Pellies' playoff run.