Anthony Davis looking for more growth with USA team

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis left last summer for the USA Basketball training camp after working on his game and strength. He was a sensation at the camp, gained confidence and parlayed that into a season in which he was on the NBA All-Star team. Davis again is heading out for a stint with the USA team, which will begin preparations Monday in Las Vegas for participation in the FIBA World Cup from Aug. 30-Sept. 14… Continue reading →

Monty Williams ready to roll with Team USA

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams yells to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-80. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

During last summer’s USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was a self-proclaimed sponge. The youngest member of the USA staff, he soaked up knowledge from legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. The best part of what he learned had little to do with Xs and Os, however. “A lot of the things we say are the same, but he has an unbelievable way of saying things differently and getting guys to buy into… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign Jimmer Fredette, Patric Young

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thusday that the team signed guard Jimmer Fredette and center Patric Young. Terms of the contracts were not released. Fredette (6-2, 195) averaged 6.9 points, 1.9 assists, while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range. The former BYU standout, appeared in 49 combined games for Sacramento and Chicago and averaged 5.6 points per game, while shooting a career-high 41.7 field goal percentage. Young, an undrafted free agent, appeared in… Continue reading →

Pelicans to play exhibition game in Bossier City

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAYNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

The New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. October 23 in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. “The CenturyLink Center is thrilled to add this NBA preseason matchup to our roster of first-rate entertainment events for 2014,” said Jake Wood, Director of Sales & Marketing for CenturyLink Center. “Hosting two professional level sports teams that have such a large mutual fan base in our region is very exciting. The… Continue reading →

Addition of Patric Young is Pelicans’ latest offseason boost

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Patric Young runs drills at the practice facility in Metairie during a summer league minicamp Thursday, July 10, 2014.

When undrafted power forward Patric Young agreed to a two-year contract with the Pelicans on Saturday, a source told The Advocate, it was another move by General Manager Dell Demps that likely will enhance the team’s play during the 2014-15 season. Starting with the trade for center Omer Asik, the pieces appear to fit better for the team to contend for a playoff berth — barring injuries like those that hamstrung the team last season.… Continue reading →

Pelicans in the summer league: What you need to know

Associated Press photo by JOHN LOCHER -- The San Antonio Spurs' Darius Morris goes up for a layup against the Pelicans' Jeff Withey during an NBA summer league game Monday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Summer League continues for a select few teams, but for the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s now a thing of the past. Let’s look at some of the surprises and disappointments from the Pelicans time in Las Vegas. Withey wasn’t extraordinary in summer league, but big men, especially defense-oriented ones such as Withey, rarely are. Before summer league, Withey said this summer was “all about getting stronger.” While he was sporting a… Continue reading →

Pelicans agree with Jimmer Fredette, bring back Darius Miller

Associated Press photo by JEFF HAYNES -- Jimmer Fredette

The Pelicans reached one-year contract agreements with guard Jimmer Fredette and small forward Darius Miller on Thursday, league sources confirmed to The Advocate. Both contracts reportedly are for the league minimum. Fredette, the 2011 Wooden Award winner as college basketball’s top player, gives the Pelicans the 3-point shooting threat they lost when guard Anthony Morrow signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. Morrow finished fourth in the NBA with 45.1… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ loss to Timberwolves ends summer league run

LAS VEGAS — The NBA’s summer leagues are all about development. Whether the Pelicans won the Las Vegas event or got bounced in a consolation game — the latter was Friday night’s result, a 97-78 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves — is inconsequential to the team’s bigger picture. Winning wouldn’t prove Russ Smith is capable of running an NBA offense, nor does it show that Jeff Withey is a legit backup center. So… Continue reading →

Patric Young gives the Pelicans strength, energy

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Patric Young practices his shooting at the Pelicans Practice Facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  The team has rookies and free agents preparing for the summer league games held in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Last summer, with the acquisition of Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans signaled the end of their rebuilding phase and the beginning of their intention to make the playoffs. A wealth of injuries sent that plan sideways, but they remained steadfast in their designs, even improving upon them by trading another future first-round pick to Houston for defensive stalwart Omer Asik. The Pelicans, as currently constructed, have little need for developing talent.… Continue reading →

Pelicans fall flat to Hornets

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON Pelicans guard Russ Smith shoots during drills at the team's practice facility in Metairie on July 10, Smith scored 19 points in the Pelicans' 104-75 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in summer league action Thursday in Las Vegas..

LAS VEGAS — It’s a tired, generations-old basketball adage that nonetheless rings true from time to time: “Sometimes, you just don’t have it.” The Pelicans didn’t have it Thursday, while the Charlotte Hornets had “it” in spades, blowing out the Pelicans 104-75 in a summer league game . The Hornets jumped out to a 34-16 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back. PJ Hairston in particular plagued the Pelicans, scoring 21… Continue reading →

Jason Smith to leave Pelicans, sign with Knicks

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Pelicans center Jason Smith brings the ball up the court against the Dallas Mavericks during a game Dec. 4, 2013. Smith will sign a one-year deal with the New York Knicks.

Center Jason Smith is on his way out of New Orleans. Smith will leave the Pelicans to sign a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, according to multiple reports. Smith a 7-footer who spent the past four years in New Orleans, averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds in an injury-shortened season with the Pelicans. He will sign for the $3.27 million taxpayer midlevel exception, agent Mark Bartelstein told Newsday. Smith played in 31 games for the Pelicans last… Continue reading →

Pelicans introduce ‘missing piece’ Omer Asik

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik to the team from after signing and trading him from the Houston Rockets  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

With center Omer Asik trailing him, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps beamed like a man holding the keys to a treasure chest on Tuesday afternoon. Asik was formally introduced as a Pelican during a news conference at the team’s media facility. Demps originally reached a trade June 25 with the Houston Rockets for Asik, a fourth-year veteran, agreeing to send a protected 2015 first-round draft choice. However, the trade could not become official until… Continue reading →

Analysis: Russ Smith still finding his way in NBA with Pelicans

The worst feeling in the world is that of uncertainty. From it blossoms all other negative emotions — fear, anger, anxiety, even depression. It’s abundant in our lives, existing in the minutiae (what am I going to have for dinner?) to the grandiose (graduating from college without a job, your entire livelihood in flux). By contrast, one of the most satisfying sensations in life is the moment in which that uncertainty alleviates. Russ Smith had such… Continue reading →

Podcast: Isiah Thomas says Pelicans one of the most improved teams

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik to the team from after signing and trading him from the Houston Rockets  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who won two NBA championships during his playing career with the Detroit Pistons, told Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff on Tuesday that he loves he aggressive moves the New Orleans Pelicans have been making to their roster this summer. The Pelicans finally announced their trade for Houston's Omer Asik and Omri Casspi on Tuesday. Click here to listen to this podcast.Continue reading →

Pelicans finalize trade for Houston's Asik, Casspi

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik to the team from after signing and trading him from the Houston Rockets  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

With center Omer Asik trailing him, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps beamed like a man holding the keys to a treasure chest on Tuesday afternoon. Asik was formally introduced as a Pelican during a news conference at the team’s media facility. Demps originally reached a trade on June 25 with the Houston Rockets for Asik, a fourth-year veteran, agreeing to send a protected 2015 first-round draft choice. However, the trade could not become official… Continue reading →

Pelicans announce signing of Russ Smith

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE -- Rookie, Russ Smith practices at the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie.

The Pelicans on Tuesday announced the signing of guard Russ Smith, the 47th pick in last month’s draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a league source says the contract is for two years with a team option for a third year. Smith, originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with that pick, but was dealt to the Pelicans through a trade. Smith, a four-year player at Louisville, was the only player in… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis in line for return to U.S. national team

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

Anthony Davis is in line to sport the red, white and blue again this summer. The Pelicans’ 21-year-old standout forward was among the 19 players selected Monday for the U.S. national team. He’s one of only four holdovers — joining Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and James Harden — from the 2012 Olympics in London. He also joins Pelicans coach Monty Williams, who’s an assistant to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on the U.S. team. Players will report… Continue reading →

Pelicans show promise but lose to Spurs 88-86

Associated Press photo by JOHN LOCHER -- The San Antonio Spurs' Darius Morris (4) drives by the New Orleans Pelicans' Josh Carter during an NBA summer league game Monday, July 14, 2014, in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Despite a well-balanced attack that saw four players score in double-digits, the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the San Antonio Spurs 88-86 on Monday after Jeff Ayres hit the go-ahead layup in the waning seconds. Ayres’ game-winning layup was a microcosm of the entire game. Jeff Withey, Onuaku and Patric Young struggled all game with the Spurs’ big men. Ayres was simply too strong for Withey, while Austin Daye and… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ summer league player Courtney Fells ‘not quitting, no matter what’

Associated Press photo by JOHN LOCHER -- The San Antonio Spurs' Deshaun Thomas (28) goes up for a shot against the New Orleans Pelicans' Courtney Fells during an NBA summer league game Monday, July 14, 2014, in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Courtney Fells’ basketball journey is a lesson in geography. After graduating from North Carolina State in 2009, the Shannon, Mississippi, native has played for teams in Greece, Cyprus, Israel, the Philippines, Venezuela and the United States. He’s seen time in leagues of all sizes and prestige, from the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters to the world champion San Antonio Spurs. Fells’ latest stop on his journey… Continue reading →

Pelicans swing three-team trade with Rockets, Wizards

Rockets forward Omri Casspi is fouled by Wizards forward Martell Webster on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Center Omer Asik is finally joining the Pelicans, and he’s bringing a teammate with him. A league source confirmed to The Advocate on Sunday night that the Pelicans completed a three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards that also brings small forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans and sends Alonzo Gee to Houston. The move, in which New Orleans sends a protected 2015 first-round pick to Houston and gets $1.5 million from the Rockets, addresses… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Summer league team blasts Lakers in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Courtney Fells scored 25 points, Russ Smith overcame another poor first half to play well in the second and the New Orleans Pelicans summer league team easily dispatched the Los Angeles Lakers 90-73 on Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Pelicans improved to 2-0 in summer play and, with another win Monday against San Antonio, could secure a first-round bye for the summer league playoffs. Once again, Smith was… Continue reading →

Thunder agrees to deal with ex-Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow celebrates after a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Smoothie King Center.

Free agent guard Anthony Morrow agreed to three-year, $10 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. Morrow’s agent, Wallace Prather, confirmed the agreement and details of the deal in a text message to The Associated Press. Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha signed… Continue reading →

Pelicans get better look at Josh Howard, Patric Young in summer league

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON Pelicans guard Russ Smith shoots during drills at the team's practice facility in Metairie on July 10, Smith scored 19 points in the Pelicans' 104-75 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in summer league action Thursday in Las Vegas..

LAS VEGAS — The New Orleans Pelicans are still searching for a dependable backup small forward, so it’s safe to say one of the main goals at the NBA summer league is to find that player. Josh Howard made a strong case for his candidacy with his consistent play in an 83-81 win over the D-League Select team Friday, scoring 14 points. Howard could also provide a veteran voice in the locker room, something coaches always value. However,… Continue reading →

Pelicans 83, D-League 81: What you need to know

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- The Pelicans' logo is seen before a game against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 18 at the New Orleans Arena.

LAS VEGAS — The first half of the Pelicans’ 83-81 comeback win over the D-League Select team was not a kind one to rookie guard Russ Smith. He could get into the lane at will, but he didn’t always have a plan once he got there. While he had a few nice passes, they were the types that came in the heat of the moment rather than by design. Smith’s production, at least in terms of creating for… Continue reading →

Pelicans acquire Gee from Cavaliers

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams calls in a play against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Atlanta. New Orleans won 111-105. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired guard/forward Alonzo Gee from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for future draft considerations. The trade of Gee helps Cleveland clear out cap space to acquire free agent LeBron James and future free agents this summer. Gee, who is 6 feet 6, 220 pounds, played in 65 games including 24 starts, for Cleveland last season, averaging 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 15.7 minutes per game. For his… Continue reading →

James Southerland looking for roster spot with Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- James Southerland practices his shooting at the Pelicans Practice Facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  The team has rookies and free agents preparing for the summer league games held in Las Vegas.

The summer leagues can be a big first step for a player trying to make an NBA team’s regular-season roster. For James Southerland, however, this is step No. 2. Southerland played for the New Orleans Pelicans at the end of the 2013-14 season and did himself proud after being called up from the NBA Development League. Now, Southerland is looking to stay ahead in a high-stakes race for a training-camp invitation and more.… Continue reading →

Jeff Withey, Patric Young look to impress Pelicans in NBA summer league

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Pelicans summer league center Patric Young (4) runs plays as New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) looks on at right at the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, La. Thursday, July 10, 2014.

As Pelicans center Jeff Withey approached the media after summer league minicamp practice Thursday — the team’s last before heading to Las Vegas — he bumped his head on a caged-in fire alarm high on the wall. “Maybe I’m still growing,” Withey said, laughing. At 24, it’s unlikely the 7-footer is still shooting upward, but it’s apparent he has grown out. Withey, who’s listed at 235 pounds, revealed Thursday that he’s added 17 pounds since the… Continue reading →

Pelicans look for improvement in summer league

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey runs a drill at the team's practice facility in Metairie on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

After the New Orleans Pelicans summer league team’s second day of practice Tuesday, center Jeff Withey called it together and spoke. It seemed a little odd. There are many players older and more experienced on the team than Withey. And, Withey is soft-spoken. However, with small forward James Southerland the only other player who spent time with the Pelicans last season, Withey is the summer team’s elder statesman with regard to the organization. And, his development… Continue reading →