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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Pelicans general manager Dell Demps says the acquisitions of forward Julius Randle and guard Elfrid Payton give New Orleans a chance to build on the identity the team established late last season. That's when the Pelicans made a playoff push without injured All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans recently lost Cousins and veteran guard Rajon Rondo in free agency. Demps responded by signing Randle and Payton.

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