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Pelicans say goodbye to Anthony Morrow

I wrote a post a few months ago on resilience within the Pelicans organization and how guard Anthony Morrow really stepped up for the team. So needless to say, the news of his signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder was nothing short of disappointing. On Saturday, the Thunder and the 28-year old Morrow agreed on a 3-year deal reportedly worth about $10 million. Morrow was previously...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Most Impressive “Lottery” Offseasons So Far

Which six teams’ moves have best positioned them for a lottery-to-playoffs jump? Admittedly, plenty of the offseason remains (as so much is yet to be set in stone), but it’s certainly not too early to explore the moves that have been made. New Orleans Pelicans – GM Dell Demps has to shed some salary in order to make the deal work, but the Pelicans got an absolute steal when...
Via The Lottery Mafia
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans Aggressively Discussing Trades For First Round Pick

The New Orleans Pelicans are exploring trade discussions to acquire a first round pick in this month's NBA Draft, according to a source. The Pelicans are aggressively pursuing a first rounder to select either a small forward or center. The Pelicans traded the sixth pick in the draft and another 2014 pick in last year's Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel trade. Dell Demps had said...
Via RealGM
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Anthony Morrow hasn't finalized decision yet to opt out, according to his agent

In all likelihood, New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Anthony Morrow will opt out of his contract on July 1 to become an unrestricted free agent. But his agent said on Wednesday no decision has been made yet. ''We haven't specifically sat down and discussed it with (Pelicans general manager) Dell Demps yet, so we don't have anything to say about it right now,&...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans headed to NBA Lottery, just in case

The New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps is headed to New York City for Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, just in case. New Orleans' chances of retaining the team's first-round lottery selection are skimpy at best, given the terms of the trade that brought point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans last season. In return for Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the Philadelphia...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans View Pierre Jackson As Asset, Remain Unsure On Signing Him For 14-15

Dell Demps discussed the New Orleans Pelicans' future with Pierre Jackson, a leading scorer in the NBA D-League whom New Orleans never signed to a rookie scare contract. ''He’s an interesting one," Demps said. "He played really good in the D-League. I think he was the leading scorer. We’ve followed him and been in contact with him. When we made the trade...
Via RealGM
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans Unsure On Signing Pierre Jackson For Next Season

Dell Demps said Monday that there are no guarantees that the New Orleans Pelicans will sign Pierre Jackson to a contract for next season. The Pelicans have watched Jackson in the NBA D-League and overseas and like the 5-foot-10 point guard. Jackson was acquired by the Pelicans after going in the second round of the NBA Draft last year but never signed a rookie deal with the organization...
Via RealGM
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gordon: Current Pelicans squad deserves more time

Eric Gordon expressed confidence Tuesday that he won't be traded this season and said it would be premature to break up the team that Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams put together for this season. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon, and with 30 games left, the Pelicans (23-29) are 7 1/2 games out of the Western Conference's final playoffs...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans Sought Deep Roster With Players Difficult To Guard

With the additions of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Austin Rivers, there's a popular sentiment around the NBA that Dell Demps has assembled a glorified AAU team for the New Orleans Pelicans. That collection of four backcourt players are viewed as needing the ball in their hands to be effective, whereas the NBA has moved toward spacing in the halfcourt. Demps points...
Via RealGM
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Demps: Pelicans Extremlely Young But Not Inexperienced

The New Orleans Pelicans don't have a player on their roster older than 28, but the collection of young players have a lot of experience being in the league since they were teenagers. “When we put the group together, that was something that was important to us; of course we have a lot of young guys but we also have guys with experience,” said Dell Demps. “Look at Jrue Holiday...
Via RealGM
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans have plenty of reasons to smile

LAS VEGAS -- When you've had the offseason the New Orleans Pelicans have had, it's okay to smile. The freshly-christened Pelicans shocked many NBA observers with a series of moves that transformed the roster and ratcheted up expectations for a franchise that's missed the postseason two years running. "We're happy," New Orleans general manager Dell Demps...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans have plenty of reasons to smile

LAS VEGAS -- When you've had the offseason the New Orleans Pelicans have had, it's okay to smile. The freshly-christened Pelicans shocked many NBA observers with a series of moves that transformed the roster and ratcheted up expectations for a franchise that's missed the postseason two years running. "We're happy," New Orleans general manager Dell Demps...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

76ers, Pelicans complete trade

The New Orleans Pelicans completed their second big move in two days, acquiring Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia and trading the rights to rookie Nerlens Noel. The deal was agreed to on draft night, when the Pelicans drafted Noel with the No. 6 overall pick. They sent his rights to the 76ers along with a 2014 first-round pick for Holiday, who made his first All-Star team last season...
Via AP on Fox
July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans introduce guard Tyreke Evans

The New Orleans Pelicans sweeping offseason makeover is visibly falling into place, guard Tyreke Evans is now in New Orleans and addressing the media. "I'm glad to be here. I'm here to start my life in my new home and I'm happy to be here. I'm excited to get started with the new players; it's a good group of guys, all young guys. I'm ready to get this...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Demps: Pelicans have many options on draft day

The only definitive statement Dell Demps will offer about the New Orleans Pelicans' plans for Thursday night's NBA draft is that he intends to maintain a ''poker face'' in hopes of making it as hard as possible to predict his club's course of action. That's an easier task this year than last, when the general manager sometimes chuckled while refusing...
Via AP on Fox
June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A with Pelicans GM Dell Demps heading into NBA Draft

Pelicans GM Dell Demps offers a glimpse into franchise mindset ahead of the NBA Draft: " I have got to tell you I have my poker face on. As they say, loose lips sink ships. At this time of year it's just tough to reveal too many things. I'd love to tell all of the fans what we're trying to do and what our goals are that we're trying to accomplish but there&...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans Scouring Europe For Young Prospects

Dell Demps has been scouring Europe in a bid to find young prospects. "We go over there a few times a year and we’re not just looking at draft guys,'' Demps said. “It’s competitive over there now. You can start watching those guys at young ages and as we track guys here, we track guys there as well.’’ New Orleans signed Brian Roberts in 2012 after scouting...
Via RealGM
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans will consider dealing Eric Gordon

A year ago, Eric Gordon was free agent priority number one for the then-New Orleans Hornets. He did not think so. He wanted out of the Crescent City and signed an offer sheet with Phoenix, warning New Orleans he did not want to return. The Hornets and Dell Demps ignored that request and matched the Suns' offer, retaining the restricted free agent. Gordon was a bit unhappy,...
Via Bloguin Best
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans will consider dealing Eric Gordon

A year ago, Eric Gordon was free agent priority number one for the then-New Orleans Hornets. He did not think so. He wanted out of the Crescent City and signed an offer sheet with Phoenix, warning New Orleans he did not want to return. The Hornets and Dell Demps ignored that request and matched the Suns' offer, retaining the restricted free agent. Gordon was a bit unhappy...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pelicans GM Not Ruling Out Chance Of Trading Eric Gordon

Pelicans GM, Dell Demps, won’t rule out the possibility that the team could trade fifth-year shooting guard, Eric Gordon, this summer. Due to a right knee injury, Gordon, who the team signed to a four-year/$58 million contract last offseason, played just 40 games this season. According to John Reid, The Times-Picayune: “To say if I anticipate him being back – I don’t know...
Via Beyond The Buzzer
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Thomason set to retire after 25 years

Bob Thomason jokes about his remarkable coaching longevity at his alma mater by saying the ever-changing athletic directors over the years didn't know better than to keep him around. That's hardly the case. Yet as Thomason prepares to step down in the coming weeks after a quarter-century guiding the Pacific program, he realizes how special it is to stay at one school for...
Via Fox Sports
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Hornets' Smith out for season with injury

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps says 7-foot reserve forward and center Jason Smith will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Meanwhile, the Hornets also say rookie forward Anthony Davis will be out for Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons because of a left shoulder sprain which occurred Tuesday...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Hornets Encouraged By Trade Interest In Core Players

The Hornets didn't make a trade this week, but Dell Demps was encouraged by the interest rival teams expressed in his players.
Via RealGM
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle group targeting Spurs' Buford to run franchise

Follow the San Antonio Spurs long enough and you'll see plenty of key coaches and front office executives get lured to other NBA teams in bigger roles. Sam Presti, Kevin Pritchard, Dell Demps, Lance Blanks and a host of coaches are now running other league franchises or patrolling the sidelines. But the one person Spurs fans may have thought was safe is now being targeted...
Via Project Spurs
January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The NBA Filed Trademarks For The New Oreleans Swamp Dogs, Rougarou, Mosquitos, and More

A couple weeks ago the basketball franchise in New Orleans announced that it would be abandoning the “Hornets” nickname that it brought with it from Charlotte and adopting a new moniker, the Pelicans. Regardless of what critics say, “Pelicans” will be one of the great names in all of professional sports. But it looks like “Pelicans” wasn’t the only name that owner...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
December 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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