After considering the possibility of shutting down All-NBA center Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans will allow Davis back into the lineup for the rest of the season, the team confirmed in a statement Thursday night.
From the start, sources with an understanding of New Orleans’ thinking on an Anthony Davis trade have told me the Pelicans were in no rush to make a move. They were willing to let that play out. That has not changed despite the Kristaps Porzingis trade taking the Knicks out of the running for Davis, or rumors that Kyrie Irving could bolt Boston for New York, altering the Celtics’ plans.
Speculation has run rampant since Anthony Davis revealed that he isn't willing to sign a contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans and wants to be traded. Several teams have been linked to Davis, with the Los Angeles Lakers being the most prominent. However, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps is "not picking up his phone" when it comes to trade calls concerning Davis.
It was a buildup three years in the making. And when the New Orleans Pelicans took the floor for their first home playoff appearance since 2015, the vibrant scene inside the Smoothie King Center reflected it. The sold-out building was draped in red, thanks to T-shirts adorning each seat and fans eager to stand and greet the resurgent Pelicans, washing away several years of apathy with a warm embrace. The full-throated welcome was a far cry from where the franchise spent past Aprils, when injury-plagued, losing campaigns denied New Orleans from seeing playoff basketball in person.
An MRI on the left knee of New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis came back negative, coach Alvin Gentry said after the team's 103-93 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in Portland, Oregon. Davis exit just 5:01 into the first quarter. It was unclear when exactly he got hurt. Davis appeared to tweak the knee battling for position with Portland's Maurice Harkless, then seemed to reaggravate it while going after a long rebound with Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. Davis slowly ran down court after the mild collision with Lillard and left the game during the Pelicans' ensuing possession.
Sacramento Kings lost big trading DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans Pelicans.
For the Sacramento Kings, a bad attitude is apparently worth trading away one of the best players in the NBA.
In every preseason poll, there’s been one constant layer of disrespect that nobody’s talking about: Anthony Davis has been completely forgotten.
The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.
Tim Frazier showed off his game to the New Orleans Pelicans -- and the Brooklyn crowd -- with another solid performance that might help him stick around in the NBA next season. Frazier had career highs with 19 points and 13 assists, Luke Babbitt added 21 points and the Pelicans beat the Nets 106-87 on Sunday.
The Pelicans have split their first two games against the Denver Nuggets this season, winning 130-125 at Denver in December and losing 115-98 at the Smoothie King Center in November. After Thursday's game, the Pelicans have only seven games remaining in the regular season. The Pelicans start a three-game road trip on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, which includes games against the Philadelphia 76ers this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics.
In the scheme of things, it really wasn’t that long ago, but when New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Kevin Hanson learned to play basketball, 6-foot-10 centers like him were usually instructed to go directly to the paint – and stay there. Big men weren’t encouraged by coaches to dribble much, fire perimeter shots or even spend much time practicing those abilities. Frontcourt players were supposed to be anchors on defense and confined to rigid roles on offense, leaving the flashy aspects of the game to the guards.