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Losses and injury drop Anthony Davis down in MVP race

Pelicans extend losing streak to six games after loss to Thunder

Lillard helps Blazers beat Pelicans 132-119

Pelicans lose third straight, fall to Warriors 131-121

Pelicans lose second straight game without Anthony Davis in the lineup

Anthony Davis sits out Jazz game, Pels lose first game of the season

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Pelicans survive Nets, 117-115

Pelicans look to keep undefeated run intact against the Nets tonight

Anthony Davis MVP campaign off to a strong start

Pelicans remain undefeated, beat the Clippers 116-109

New Orleans launching NBA G League affiliate in Birmingham

Pelicans set franchise record for points in win over Kings

West Bank native Elfrid Payton notches triple-double in first game with the Pelicans

Payton went for 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assist

Pelicans open season with big road win over Rockets

Pelicans host the Kings on Friday night

Pelicans prepare for Houston in season opener

The Pelicans say Eflrid Payton can be a difference-maker.

Pelicans trade Ajinca for Clippers forward Wesley Johnson

Pels open regular season Wednesday night at Houston

Davis racks up 36 points in Pels final preseason game

Pelicans Jahlil Okafor will miss time with ankle injury

Davis ‘thought change was necessary’ as reason for signing with Lebron’s agent

Welcome to camp: NBA teams starting their new seasons

Pels waive center Emeka Okafor

Pelicans add guard Jarrett Jack to the roster

Pelicans release 2018-19 schedule

The Pelicans open their 208-19 campaign on the road at Houston, October 17th on ESPN. In all, The Pelicans play 13 games on either ESPN on TNT. That's the most games on national TV in franchise history for the Pels. In addition to the season opener at Houston, ESPN is scheduled to broadcast New Orleans' matchups at Minnesota (Nov. 14), vs. Oklahoma City (Dec. 12), at the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 21), at Golden State (Jan. 16), at Portland (Jan. 18), vs. Minnesota (Feb. 8),...

Report: Center Jahlil Okafor reaches deal with the Pelicans

Center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a deal with the Pelicans, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A source told Woj that Okafor's deal includes a partial guarantee for the 2018-19 season, and a team option for the following season. Okafor was traded from the Sixers to the Nets in February. The Pelicans lost Boogie Cousins in free agency, but gained center Julius Randle from the Lakers. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.

Boogie Cousins should've re-signed with the Pels according to Shaq

"Get Ready Fest" took place this weekend in New Orleans, hosted by Philadelphia Eagle Michael Jenkins. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Shaquille O'Neal were also at the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity event. O'Neal, AKA "The Diesel," AKA "The Big Aristotle, AKA "Shaqtus."      The 4-time NBA champion understands the desire to win rings, and explained that he was constantly driven by wanting to win more than the other greats of his time like K...

Pelicans introduce offseason signings Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton

The Pelicans rolled out their big offseason signings introducing Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton. Payton is a West Bank native, played his college ball for the Ragin' Cajuns'. But all those local connections didn't factor into being with the Pels. "Not really to be honest. I felt like this was the best fit. So it didn't matter where this team was, whatever. Dell said that too in a meeting. I felt like this was the best fit team for me at the time," said Pelicans guard ...

Summer sensation Trevon Blueitt agrees to sign two-way deal with Pelicans

The Pelicans agreed to sign summer sensation Trevon Blueitt to a two-way deal, according to a report by Yahoo's  Shams Charania. Blueitt is averaging 18 points for the Pelicans in four contest at the Las Vegas summer league.  Players under two-way contracts will spend the majority of the season in the G League, but they can be called up to their NBA team for up to 45 days during the regular season according to the Times-Picayune's Will Guillory. Blueit...

Pelicans top Heat for second-consecutive Summer League victory

A day after defeating the Toronto Raptors in their first 2018 NBA Summer League contest, the Pelicans kept up their stellar play, picking up a 110-84 win, Saturday, over the Miami Heat.

Pelicans' Frank Jackson to miss rest of summer league with injury

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Saturday that guard Frank Jackson will miss the rest of the NBA Summer League with an ankle injury.

Pels open Summer League with a victory, Frank Jackson leaves with injury

The Pelicans opened their summer league campaign with a 90-77 victory over the Raptors, but it came with an injury price.

Report: Pelicans to re-sign Ian Clark

The Pelicans will re-sign guard Ian Clark to a one-year deal, that's according to a tweet by Yahoo's Shams Charania.

DeMarcus Cousins to join Warriors for $5.3 million

A year and a half after leaving Sacramento for New Orleans in a trade, DeMarcus Cousins is going back to California, where he will sign with the Golden State Warriors on a one year deal worth $5.3 million.

Former Laker forward Julius Randle agrees to deal with Pelicans

On the same day that the Pelicans lose a former Kentucky player, they bring in another. A source confirms to FOX 8 Sports that the Pelicans agreed to a contract, Monday, with former Los Angeles Laker forward Julius Randle.

Pelicans reportedly lose Rajon Rondo to Lakers in free agency

Rajon Rondo's rise to New Orleans prominence during the Pelicans' 2018 playoff run has already faded as the 13th-year guard is reportedly signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Report: Former John Ehret, U-L guard Elfrid Payton agrees to deal with Pelicans

Less than 24 hours into the new NBA season and the free agent signing period and the Pelicans are making some noise, agreeing to terms with a hometown product.  Former John Ehret and U-L Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans Sunday night, according to Will Guillory with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

Pelicans select Tony Carr in the second round of NBA Draft

Penn State Point guard Tony Carr is the newest member of the New Orleans Pelicans. The team drafted him in the second round with 51st overall pick. Carr  is 6'5 and averaged 19.6 points and 5.0 assists per game last season. He shot 43.3% from three-point range as well. Carr played two seasons for the Nittany Lions. Carr is considered a bigger point guard with a quality mid-range game. The Pelicans did not have a first round pick after trading it away during the season for ...

Pelican fan uses billboard urging LeBron to sign with the Pelicans

Hey, it doesn't hurt to to at least try. A fan of the Pelicans paid for a sign urging LeBron James to join the Pelicans.

Gentry gives an update on Cousins and Rondo impending free agency

With NBA free agency opening July first, and Boogie Cousins and Rajon Rondo soon to be out of contract, questions are still coming at Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry if they'll both be back in New Orleans. Since both are officially under contract until July, the Pels have exclusive rights to offer new contracts right now before free agency begins. "Well I think everyone that has a player that's going to enter free agency has that advantage. Dell has been communicating with both...

Report: Alvin Gentry agrees to 2-year extension with Pelicans

As expected, the Pelicans extended head coach Alvin Gentry's contract, according to a report from ESPN.

Anthony Davis named First Team All-NBA

One day after securing his first NBA Defensive First Team honor, Anthony Davis has added his third All-NBA First Team award.

Pelicans double down on All-Defensive First Team honors

The Pelicans got some league-wide recognition Wednesday as Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were named to the All-Defensive First Team, a first for both players. Davis has been second team twice before. This season, he averaged 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Holiday had the same steals mark and led New Orleans to a 103.2 defensive rating during his time on the floor, nine points better than when he was off the floor. It's the first time in franchise history that te...

DeMarcus Cousins remains one of Pelicans' top targets in free agency

Alvin Gentry says it should be obvious that the Pelicans want to have DeMarcus Cousins back on their roster next season.

Anthony Davis makes NBA's MVP Race

The NBA's MVP race is down to just three players and the Pelicans Anthony Davis is in that number. But, so too are Cleveland's Lebron James and Houston's James Harden.

Pelicans off-season brings several big personnel decisions

The Pelicans have some big decisions to make this off-season, including whether or not to bring back starters DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson issues statement after team is eliminated from playoffs

The day after the New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from playoff contention by the Golden State Warriors, team owner Gayle Benson issued a statement, Wednesday, thanking the fans, players, coaches, staff and everyone involved with the team.

Pelicans have no more room for error in Game 5

While the Pelicans were still very much in the game when they fell behind 14-4 on Sunday, you could tell from the intensity that Golden State brought that this would be no walk in the park for New Orleans.

Poor shooting dooms Pelicans in Game 4 loss

After winning game three on Friday, head coach Alvin Gentry said game four would be the toughest they've played yet, and he couldn't have been more correct.

Cameras capture special moments between Pelicans' Jrue Holiday, daughter during Sunday's game

Being on the court during warm-ups and blowing kisses to her daddy prior to the start of a game is nothing new for Jrue Tyler, the daughter of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. But Sunday, ESPN cameras were rolling and captured the special moments on video.

Pelicans fall to Warriors in Sunday's Game 4 of Western Conference semifinals

Kevin Durant and the visiting Golden State Warriors got off to a fast start and despite narrowing the lead to four late in the first half, the Pelicans struggled to get consistent shots, ultimately falling in Sunday's Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, 118-92.

Pelicans rout Warriors 119-100, series now 2-1

Down two games to none, New Orleans had to get this one against Golden State or risk being swept in four straight games. The Pelicans, with their backs against  the wall, came out swinging and delivered a series of knockout punches in their 119-100, game three win,

Pelicans take relaxed, confident attitude into Game 2

The Pelicans aren't overreacting to one bad game against Golden State. The approach remains the same, and their confidence remains high going into game two.

Steph Curry listed as probable for Game 2, likely to play

If you thought the task was tough before, it only gets harder for game two with Steph Curry now listed as probable and ready to make his playoff debut.

Pelicans mental breakdowns defensively lead to Warriors blowout win

With Golden State missing one of their biggest stars, it was supposed to be the game that the Pelicans could steal on the road to start the series.

Pelicans clipped by Warriors in Game 1 of Western Conference Semifinals

The Pelicans received a reality check in Oakland, getting demolished by the Warriors, 123-101.

Pelicans in familiar, hostile territory for game one against Golden State

The Pelicans were one of the league's best road teams in the regular season. They'll have to keep that up if they want to survive Golden State in the playoffs.

Pelicans follow their leader Anthony Davis into Golden State

Anthony Davis doesn't have to do it all himself, but he does need continue to be a leader on and off the floor.

Pelicans set to tip off against defending champion Warriors on Saturday night

The New Orleans Pelicans will tip off Game 1 of the second round of the NBA playoffs in Oakland against Golden State Warriors at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Pelicans players excited about Gentry returning next season

The Pelicans picked up Alvin Gentry's option to return for the 2018-19 season, and we shouldn't be surprised if there's an extension in the works as well.

Pelicans voiding some tickets bought using playoff passcode

Some fans and customers who bought New Orleans Pelicans playoff tickets for the second round will have their tickets voided because of a password problem.

FFF: You think you know, but you don't know

In this edition of FFF we dissect "experts" who counted out the Pelicans, a soccer club gives fans refunds after a bad performance, and I visited to Bucktown to eat at a legendary spot FOOTBALL "You think you know, but you don't know." Former Saints head coach Jim Mora uttered those words to the media years ago, and now that sound bite rings true with the Pelicans. Before the season even started, so-called "experts" opined giving Jrue Holiday a max...

Report: Alvin Gentry will be back with the Pelicans next season

Alvin Gentry will be back with the Pelicans next season, according to a tweet by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Pelicans brace for possible Warriors series ahead

As Anthony Davis has stated multiple times, legacies are built with postseason success. Not just defeating the 3rd-seed Trail Blazers, but sweeping them in a series that they dominated from start to finish. Well, it doesn't get much better than that. "I just try to go out every game and just play to the best of my ability, to go out there and help the team win. I'm trying to build a legacy here in New Orleans, and let people know that we're for real," said Anthony Da

Pelicans sweep Blazers; franchise wins first playoff series in 10 years

For the first time since 2008, the Pelicans registered a playoff series victory, sweeping Portland in the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans 131-123 triumph, delivered New Orleans a 4-0 series win. The 131 points scored by the Pels is a playoff franchise record. Ten years ago, the then Hornets defeated the Mavericks in five games. The 2008 squad lost in the Western Conference semi-finals to the San Antonio Spurs Anthony Davis racked up a game-high 47 points in the contest, a Pelican...

Pelicans blow out the Blazers 119-102, take 3-0 series lead

The Pelicans dominated the Blazers from start-to-finish, taking a 3-0 series lead, with a commanding 119-102 victory. Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points. Mirotic racked up 14 points in the first quarter alone. "We just play the right way on offense, we just trust each other," said Anthony Davis. Nikola Mirotic pours in 14 PTS in the 1st quarter!@PelicansNBA lead 36-20 after one on @NBATV #DoItBigger pic.twitter.com/8JnMsgvp63 — NBA (@NBA) April ...

Juan's World: Pelicans playing championship winning basketball

Welcome in to Juan's World and I know the Pelicans aren't playing the best in the west right now. But, Portland's pretty good and the Pels have made them look pedestrian in this series.

Gentry on Pelicans 2-0 series lead: 'We're not celebrating anything yet'

With a dominating 33-point performance in game two, it's official, Jrue Holiday's stolen the show, while the Pelicans are now just two games away from pulling off the upset and stealing the series. "Honestly, just really excited. Really excited to be in the playoffs," said Pels guard Jrue Holiday. "Really excited of what our team has accomplished together through the adversity, through the season, through everything. Just to be able to be here, I really feel as a team ...

Holiday cools off Blazers with 33 points, Pelicans take 2-0 series lead

The Pelicans delivered again on the road, beating the Blazers, 111-102. The win gives the Pels a 2-0 series lead. Jrue Holiday scored a career playoff-high 33 points. Anthony Davis contributed to the "W" with 22 points and 13 rebounds. You seeing this? ?? @FOXSportsNOLA #DoItBigger pic.twitter.com/Y74ZwbDVwd — New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 18, 2018 Anthony Davis might have a future at this basketball thing @MickstapeShow pic.twitter.com/RLOIsbk5h5 ...

Gayle Benson's support in Portland helping with Pels' success

You're hard pressed to find many Pelican fans in Portland or the Moda Center right now. But the one faithful supporter they can always count on is the team's owner, Gayle Benson. "Her strength has been amazing. I'm sure Mr. B is somewhere smiling, looking down on the team. She's been around talking to the team. Her presence has been a positive influence on the guys and everybody," said Pelicans GM Dell Demps. In fact, she's handled the team very similar to the way Tom...

GM Dell Demps on Pels playoff run: 'This is why we do this'

Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps is happy to be in the thick of a playoff run right now, but it certainly wasn't all smiles for this team all year long. Faced with a bit of a make-or-break period after losing five of six in early February, the team had to quickly adjust.

Juan's World: Kings of the back court

Welcome in to Juan's World and the Pelicans backed up last night what I've been thinking and saying, to myself, since they qualified for the playoffs. Anthony Davis is NOT the key to the Pels winning their series against Portland. Their back court is.

Jrue Holiday delivers on both sides of the ball against the Blazers

Often we see the Pelicans setting the tone offensively, forcing their opponent to play at a fast pace. But in Saturday's game one victory over the Trail Blazers, they set the first half tone with their defense, holding Portland to just 32 percent from the field, and 18 percent from outside the arc.

Pels take Blazers best punch and fight back for win

As the NBA Playoffs typically go, nothing comes easy. The Pelicans took a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter, and needed every bit of that 12-point advantage down the stretch against the Blazers' sharp shooting Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Pelicans extinguish Blazers, lead series 1-0

It's been seven long years since the Pelicans franchise notched a playoff win, but that futility finally ended Saturday night in Portland with a 97-95 victory.

Gentry and the Pelicans fought through Cousins injury to make the postseason

One of the most impressive parts about the Pelicans run to the playoffs is that they did it without DeMarcus Cousins. Because he wasn't just one of their biggest contributors, but one of the best players in the league, period. The Pelicans journey over the 2nd half of the season, learning to play without him, has been one of the most entertaining storylines in the NBA. "I think at first we just tried to figure ourselves out. One of the biggest pieces on our team went down,"...

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans arrive in Portland for Game One

The Pelicans take their five-game win streak into the playoffs as the sixth-seed against the Trail Blazers. One of the staples of their recent success has been lightening the scoring load on Anthony Davis, making them a much more balanced team. "A lot of guys stepped up and made plays. Throughout this whole season, guys have been stepping up, especially since DeMarcus Cousins went down. A lot of guys have stepped up and picked up their game to make sure the team wins," said...

Pelicans run past Spurs in regular-season finale

With a playoff birth already secured, the New Orleans Pelicans set out Wednesday night to secure the 5th seed in the Western Conference playoff race. A 122-98 win and that spot was locked up.

Jazz crush Warriors, Pels lose shot at homecourt in 1st rd. of the playoffs

The Utah Jazz crushed the Warriors, 119-79, which eliminates the Pels from homecourt in the first round of the playoffs. The Pelicans will be a 5-8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and start on the road. If the Pelicans beat San Antonio Wednesday, they would get the 5-seed. If OKC loses to Memphis, and New Orleans loses, whoever wins the Nuggets-Timberwolves is the 6-seed, and Pels would get 7 and meet Golden State. If New Orleans loses on Wednesday, they could drop to No. ...

Pelicans beat Clippers 113-100, clinch playoff berth

For the first time since 2015, the New Orleans Pelicans are headed to the playoffs. The Pels beat the Clippers Monday night, 113-100, to clinch their spot in the postseason. The Pelicans hold the fifth-seed in the Western Conference. The Pels finish their regular season Wednesday night at home against the Spurs. If they beat San Antonio, they'll finish the campaign as either the four or five-seed in the West. The Pelicans led by as much as 16 in the first half, then pumped the ...

Pelicans win massive road matchup against Warriors, stay at 5-seed in West

With the Pelicans fighting for their playoff lives, they needed a win in the worst way at Golden State, and they got just that.

Pelicans block out the Suns, move up to 5th-seed in West

The Pelicans raced out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, crushing the Suns, 122-103. The win moves up New Orleans to the 5th-seed in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis racked up a double-double with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic produced his best game in a Pels uniform with 31 points, and 16 rebounds on the night. Jrue Holiday also chipped in with 22 points. The Pelicans (45-34) are back on the court Saturday night at the Go...