The Pelicans Briefs

Las Vegas, Nev. - The New Orleans Pelicans fall 87-82 to Denver in the NBA Summer League championships Wednesday... single elimination... can't win it, but will play Washington Friday in a loser's bracket game.

Starting Monday, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis will begin working out with USA Basketball, also in Las Vegas.

Overall, the young players performing in the summer league made some impressive strides. 2nd year guard Brian Roberts has shown great poise. But, remember, he's 26 and has pro experience playing abroad, which can only help his cause.

Forward Darius Miller has become more aggressive with the ball. Look at the 23 he scored Wednesday in a losing cause.

And, the fact the youngsters were getting blown out early but scratched back didn't go unnoticed by coach Monty Williams.

Williams said Thursday "Well, obviously we like our young guys getting more experience. Austin, and Brian, and Darius. And then we have a couple of guys that we want to take a look at. Maybe we bring them to camp, I'm not sure. Dell and I will discuss that along with Mickey (Loomis),  but we want our guys to be in situations like this when they're down and see how they respond."