- Yesterday, the USA minicamp in Las Vegas kicked off and the Pelicans were well-represented:
Holiday, Anderson and Davis were all chosen by USA Basketball, among the 28 players invited to the four-day event. In addition, Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, lead assistant coach Randy Ayers and athletic trainer Jon Ishop are participating in the prestigious basketball summit. All told, the six men comprise the largest contingent of representatives from any NBA team at USAB’s 2013 summer event. The only other NBA club to have three players invited was Cleveland (Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller).
- Greg Oden is still pondering his future. After meeting face-to-face with the Mavericks and Spurs last week, it's expected he'll workout for the Heat, Kings and Pelicans this week. Although many consider the Spurs and Heat the favorites to land his services, the Pelicans remain in the hunt. Per Marc Stein:
The Pelicans, sources said, are building their pitch around the fact going to New Orleans would enable Oden to make his comeback far away from the media glare and with no immediate pressure as he tries again to bounce back from the knee issues that have plagued him since college.
The presence of former Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, who already knows Oden well, as the head man in New Orleans is seen as another element working in the Pelicans' favor, along with the fact their young core of players are all in Oden's age range.
- This past Saturday, Brian Robert's contract became fully guaranteed. With Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Morrow and Austin Rivers all vying for playing time in the backcourt, Robert's contributions will likely be less in the upcoming season. Consequently, expect the Pelicans to assign Pierre Jackson to the D-League, until either several players are either injured or moved.
- And coming up later today: Why Wages of Wins are not Pelican Fans.