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At a glance: Buddy Hield, the Pelicans’ first-round pick

Buddy Hield (Diane Bondareff/AP Images)

G Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Height: 6-4 Weight: 214 Selection: No. 6 overall Who he is: Hield, a 22-year-old native of the Bahamas, won the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy and Wooden Award as a senior at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the Final Four. What he can do:… Continue reading →

Pelicans take Oklahoma shooting star Buddy Hield with No. 6 pick

Buddy Hield, right, reacts alongside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Buddy Hield knows the weather is warm in New Orleans, like it is in his home of Freeport, Bahamas. He knows his new city has “a lot of good food.” Mostly, though, the former Oklahoma shooting guard, whom the Pelicans made the No. 6 pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, knows what his… Continue reading →

Pelicans keeping quiet on draft many are calling hard to predict

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield reacts to a three point basket during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Villanova, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dell Demps, to the surprise of no one, is playing this hand to the chest. As the Pelicans general manager gears up for Thursday’s NBA draft — the first step in a crucial offseason for his franchise — he’s being cautious as always, careful not to let slip a hint of how he’s approaching… Continue reading →

Notebook: Pelicans to open Summer League against Lakers

Associated Press photo by Sue Ogrocki -- Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is averaging 24.7 points, including 39-of-79 from 3-point range (49.4. As a team, the Sooners are shooting 45.3 percent from behind the arc, third in the nation.

The Pelicans will open NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas on July 8 with a 9:30 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans’ Summer League opener, at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, will be broadcast on ESPN. New Orleans will play the Utah Jazz on July 10 at… Continue reading →

Critical season approaches for Pelicans’ Demps, Ferry

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps says the team is looking at the possibiiity of adding a NBA Development League team of its own rather than sharing an affiliation with other teams.

With the sixth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelican select ... Well, you’ll have to wait until Thursday to find that out. And you’ll have to wait until July to see what the Pelicans decide to do in free agency. General manager Dell Demps wasn’t about to divulge… Continue reading →

Dell Demps expects return to form for Omer Asik

New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) holds on to the ball against the defense of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Damjan Rudez (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 144-109. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

The Pelicans will work to upgrade their roster this offseason, first in Thursday’s NBA draft, then via free agency in July. But New Orleans could use an assist from its returning players, too, general manager Dell Demps said on Monday, and that could start with improved play from center Omer Asik. Last summer, the… Continue reading →

With NBA draft’s sixth pick, will the Pelicans end up with another Larry Bird ... or get stuck with the next Jan Vesely?

Former Boston Celtic forward Larry Bird (33) drives toward the hoop past Washington Bullets forward Mark Alarie (31) during NBA action on Friday night Dec. 1, 1990 at Boston Garden. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

When he was named Rookie of the Year in 2013, Damian Lillard laid out a plan for bigger and better things. “I want to do a lot more,” the Portland Trail Blazers guard told reporters at the time. “I want to win a championship, be an All-Star, be an MVP in this league.” Those accomplishments would vault… Continue reading →

Brett Dawson’s 2016 NBA mock draft

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Ben Simmons flexes from the bench following a 3-pointer by teammate Keith Hornsby against Mississippi State on Feb. 6.

Brett Dawson takes his shot at projecting the first-round picks in an uncertain pool: 1. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Ben Simmons, 6-10, F, LSU Versatility and star potential outweigh outside-shooting concerns 2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS Brandon Ingram, 6-9, F, Duke Outside shot gives slender scorer a chance at stardom 3. BOSTON CELTICS Jaylen… Continue reading →

Don’t count out Jaylen Brown and Dragan Bender when the Pelicans make the NBA draft’s sixth pick, ESPN’s Chad Ford says

California's Jaylen Brown (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Less than a week remains until the NBA draft, but that doesn’t mean the New Orleans Pelicans necessarily have narrowed their list of prospective picks. Although guards Kris Dunn of Providence, Buddy Hield of Oklahoma and Jamal Murray of Kentucky still figure to be in play for New Orleans with the No. 6 pick in… Continue reading →

Thomas Walkup brings ‘Lumberjack’ work ethic to Pelicans workout

Advocate Staff Photo by SHERRI MILLER Stephen F. Austin's Thomas Walkup prepares to take a shot during the New Orleans Pelicans pre-draft workout at the Saints/Pelicans Training Facility in Metairie on Monday, June 13, 2016.

It wasn’t hard to notice Thomas Walkup at the New Orleans Pelicans’ predraft workout Monday. The 6-foot-5 combo guard has a beard that resembles the Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons’, but it’s not as bushy as what James Harden sports for the Houston Rockets. He grew the beard throughout his four-year tenure at Stephen F. Austin, making… Continue reading →

Pelicans draft notebook: Perry Ellis is (finally) heading to the NBA; Michael Gbinije thinks New Orleans could be the one

Perry Ellis, from Kansas, participates in the NBA draft basketball combine Friday, May 13, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Perry Ellis has heard your jokes. He thought some of them were pretty funny. The former Kansas star, who was among a group of prospects participating in predraft workouts with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, grew accustomed to the online digs at his age as he logged four years as a Jayhawk in college basketball’s one-and-done… Continue reading →

Bonjour, mes amis: French NBA draft prospects Guerschon Yabusele and Isaia Cordinier work out for the Pelicans

Advocate Staff Photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Guerschon Yabusele, currently with Rouen Metropole Basket in France, shoots during the New Orleans Pelicans pre-draft workout at the Saints/Pelicans Training Facility in Metairie on Monday, June 13, 2016.

His home country still prefers dribbling on a soccer field, but Guerschon Yabusele’s basketball youth in France wasn’t dramatically different from a typical American kid’s. The 6-foot-8 power forward — who was among a group of mostly second-round draft prospects in New Orleans on Monday for predraft workouts with the Pelicans — was taught the same… Continue reading →

Pelicans hire former Cavs, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry as special adviser

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry watches the NBA basketball team's practice Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: GADG109

Danny Ferry’s first step back into the NBA will come with the Pelicans. The former Cavaliers and Hawks general manager — who has been out of the league since taking a leave of absence in Atlanta after he paraphrased insensitive remarks about Heat forward Luol Deng — is joining the Pelicans as a special adviser, the team… Continue reading →

Pelicans hire ex-Cavaliers, Hawks GM Danny Ferry in special adviser role

. The Pelicans have hired former Cavaliers and Hawks general manager Danny Ferry in a special advisor role, the team announced on Wednesday. "I am excited to announce Danny Ferry has accepted our offer to join the New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations staff as a special advisor," Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a release. "Danny's experience, insight and… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ second-round prospects limited to ‘low-upside role players’

By now you know Buddy Hield and Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray and Dragan Bender. You’ve heard the names of the prospects the Pelicans could pick sixth in this month’s NBA draft. But what do you know about Malcolm Brogdon and Jared Uthoff? Ever heard of Isaia Cordinier or Guerschon Yabusele? When the Pelicans finish picking sixth, their draft… Continue reading →

Golden State has golden start to NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images via AP, Pool) ORG XMIT: OAS133

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry’s “Strength In Numbers” supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Shaun Livingston scored a personal postseason best of 20 and Golden State’s bench came up… Continue reading →

Perimeter players California’s Jaylen Brown, Kentucky’s Jamal Murray could by Pelicans’ draft possiblities

A number of potent perimeter options could be available to the Pelicans in this month’s NBA draft, and New Orleans is getting a closer look at a pair of them this week. California swingman Jaylen Brown is expected to visit the Pelicans on Friday, a league source said. Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray met with the team… Continue reading →

Thunder assistant Monty Williams will not return to team

Monty Williams will not be returning as an assistant coach with Oklahoma City. Coach Billy Donovan made the announcement Wednesday morning.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team. Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan made the announcement Wednesday morning. Williams left the team after his wife, Ingrid, was killed in a car crash. On Feb. 9, an oncoming car crossed the center line and hit Ingrid Williams’ SUV… Continue reading →

Walker: Bryce Dejean-Jones leaves behind 1-year-old, promising NBA career

Associated Press photo by Tyler Kaufman -- Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has complted the maximum allowable two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans and is waiting until after the trade deadline Thursday in hopes of a new deal.

Saturday was supposed to be one of those days Bryce Dejean-Jones would cherish for the rest of his life. His daughter was turning 1 year old, and the Pelicans guard was in Dallas to celebrate the occasion. Instead, tragedy struck in the wee hours of Saturday when Dejean-Jones was shot and killed at a… Continue reading →