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Flight Failure: Pelicans Abort Monty Williams Contract

The 2014-2015 NBA season saw the Pelicans return to the playoffs and New Orleanians responded with enthusiasm normally reserved for the Saints. However, the run was too little, too late for Pelicans brass. Tuesday (5.12), Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis announced that coach Monty Williams will not be returning next year. 

Pelicans Hold Auditions for Entertainers

Do you dream of taking your love of the Pelicans to the next level? New Orleans’ pro basketball team is currently seeking applicants for entertainment teams, National Anthem singers, and an arena emcee for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.

Pelicans Add Shooter Jimmer Fredette

by: Christopher Romaguera
After watching point guard Brian Roberts and wing Anthony Morrow sign with playoff contenders, the Pelicans have beefed up their perimeter rotation with a couple of young prospects. The team signed rookie point guard Russ Smith to a guaranteed two-year contract which contains a team option for a third year earlier this week. On Thursday night, the Pelicans added Jimmer Fredette, signing him to a one year deal at the league minimum. 

Pelicans Finalize Asik Trade

by: Christopher Louis Romaguera

The Pelicans have finalized the trade involving C Omer Asik.  The deal, which was originally announced on June 25, couldn’t be completed until free agency officially began since the Pelicans had to clear the requisite cap space.

Anthony Davis Returns to Team USA Roster

by Christopher Romaguera

Following the FIFA World Cup’s conclusion (and the chaos of the NBA Free Agency this weekend), Team USA has announced the 19 players who will be vying for a spot on the 12-man roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup held in Spain. The roster includes four holdovers of Team USA’s Gold Medal team from the 2012 London Olympics, including the New Orleans Pelicans’ own Anthony Davis.  

Feathering the Nest

New Orleans Pelicans' Offseason Needs

The Pelicans came into the offseason tough to define after spending 2013-14 with so many players on the injury list. The expected featured lineup of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis shared an absurdly small amount of time together. The team missed the playoffs, and also didn’t get a chance to see what a full roster could do. Going forward, losing out on our first round draft pick hurts as well (the Cavaliers won the draft, just one slot ahead of us.) 

Why Pelicans Fans Should Still Watch the NBA Draft

by Trey Monaghan

The New Orleans Pelicans probably already made their moves in Thursday night's NBA Draft with a mid-afternoon trade before the broadcast even began. But even though the local team doesn't have any draft picks tonight doesn't mean the fans shouldn't watch.

Pelicans to Trade for Omer Asik

by Christopher Romaguera

Before the picking even began at Thursday's 2014 NBA draft, the New Orleans Pelicans acquired a starting Center. The Pelicans traded their 2015 first round pick for Houston Rockets Center Omer Asik.

Still Nesting

New Orleans Pelicans 2013-14 Season in Review

When the New Orleans Pelicans made two of the surprise moves of the offseason by trading for Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, a final record of 34-48 was not the desired outcome. The disappointing mark sounds a lot like the record the team would have if they didn’t make any moves, and kept their first round pick and cap space. While obviously disappointed about missing the playoffs and still healing from their many injuries, the 2013-14 Pelicans did see the emergence of two stars. The team also identified some things that need to change -- namely, defense.

Tom Benson Issues Statement on Sterling Suspension from NBA

Tom Benson has taken a public stand against a fellow team owner, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was suspended from the NBA earlier today. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s suspension from the league and $2.5 million fine earlier this afternoon, after confirming that it was Sterling’s voice on a recording of a racist tirade. 

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