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Lance Stephenson ready to lead Pelicans, Media Day preparations and more

Preseason is fast approaching! Hooray!!!

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Relive the 2012 NBA Lottery

The smile on Monty Williams face is priceless.

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Dante Cunningham celebrates Villanova National Championship

PROUD OF MY BOYS!!! Great game BOYS!!!! #attitude #novanation #villanova #nationchamps

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The end of that game was absolutely incredible. Wow. Enjoy that win Dante!

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Pelicans improving on defense

I'll be diving into this much more tomorrow morning. Just looking at big picture numbers the Pelicans defense has gone from a flaming dumpster to surprisingly average.

Tyreke Evans return is imminent

I CAN'T FEEL MY FACE!

New Orleans Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette

As the roster wheel continues to turn.

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Pelicans considering Chris Douglas-Roberts for training camp invite

Roberts spent time with the Clippers last season, but he appeared in only 12 games and 103 minutes total. The year before, however, he played in 49 games for the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in approximately 20 minutes of action per game. The most promising statistic was perhaps his 38.6 shooting percentage from three-point territory. Regardless, it's another wingman being considered by the New Orleans Pelicans -- it's sure beginning to look the plan might be to have a group of players fight for at least one roster spot. Will the competition bring out the best in one of the potential candidates?

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Ryan Anderson is in the best shape of his life

About this time of the year, there are often plenty of blurbs going around about NBA players being in the best shape of their lives. However, considering today's news concerns Ryan Anderson, the New Orleans Pelicans player who had suffered a devastating spinal injury close to two years ago, this information is way more important than the usual standard good public relations spin. Coming off the most disappointing season of his career, Anderson's timing couldn't be any more perfect as he's entering a contract year and will play in Alvin Gentry's stat-inducing system. "He’s been so into it this summer," Sumerlin said of Anderson’s dedication. "He’s excited. He’s been consistent and has the right mindset. It’s the way he’s working out. I showed him HITS, which is high-intensity training. You don’t just do one set and catch your breath. You constantly go through different stations, kind of like CrossFit. His heart rate is constantly up. He’s really thin."

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The Pelicans post tribute for 10 year Katrina Anniversary

Awesome. Just awesome.

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Ryan Anderson finishes 4th in 2014-15 Teammate of the Year Award

Ryan Anderson was one of 12 finalists selected for the award that also included Andre Iguodala and Pau Gasol. For more information regarding this award, give this article a read. Among other things, it includes how players are nominated and then selected. "The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team." "A panel of NBA Legends nominated six players from each conference for the award and then nearly 300 NBA players submitted their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office."

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Jason Terry to re-sign with the Houston Rockets

With the Pelicans missing out on the JET, the question is whether Dell Demps has another target in mind.

ESPN has Pelicans 7th in the West

ESPN forecasts the Pelicans to improve on 2015's surprising playoff appearance

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New Orleans Pelicans to hold voluntary players led camp in Los Angeles

Great to see Anthony Davis and Quincy Pondexter taking the lead this summer. Head coach Alvin Gentry and some of the staff will also be in attendance.

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Pelicans to hold training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia

Camp opens in just 44 days. The Pelicans are not the first team to take training camp on the road; both the Heat and Spurs have gone away for camp in recent years.

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Tyreke Evans working on adding a teardrop to his game

Tear drop

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This offseason, Tyreke Evans has worked on his fitness, his perimeter shot and ball handling. Now, he is busy trying to add a running teardrop to his repertoire, a shot made famous by Tony Parker.

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NBA Schedule will be released tomorrow

It will be interesting to see how the Pelicans schedule breaks down. We'll be diving in to see the big matchups, the back-to-backs, and how it might shape the Pels' chances next season all week.

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Larry Drew II off to France to play for AS Monaco

The second half of the New Orleans Pelicans All-NBA Summer League backcourt announced he is on his way to Europe. Drew will play in France's second basketball tier, the Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro B (or LNB Pro B for short). Please congratulate LDII and hopefully we'll see his play reward him with a trip back to the NBA in the near future.

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New Orleans Pelicans bringing back Mardi Gras Uniforms?

It would appear so. These shots do not include a view of the back to see if the purple front/green back will come along. On the negative side, sleeves.

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Alexis Ajinca getting ready for EuroBasket 2015

The French center rotation of Alexis Ajinca and Rudy Gobert is absolutely enormous.

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ESPN ranks Pelicans young core 2nd overall

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Admittedly, most of the value is derived from having Anthony Davis on the roster, but it bodes well that the 3-year WARP model has the Pelicans ahead of every team outside of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Seth Curry in contract discussions with New Orleans Pelicans

Woelfel is a Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter. However, it was Woelfel who said the Pelicans would make big changes regardless of making the playoffs. That guaranteed money is the sticking point shouldn't be a surprise.

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2015 Free Agency: Salary cap set at $70 million

Estimates in April pegged the salary cap at $67.1 million. Just as free agency began reports said it could come in one to two million higher. I have some thoughts on what the Pelicans should have done with this higher cap. Stay tuned.

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Pelicans interested in Ryan Hollins

How many centers does Alvin Gentry need?

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New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff nears completion with addition of Phil Weber

Weber was the head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League last season, affiliated with the Miami Heat. Prior to that he was a consultant with the Heat during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. His NBA coaching career prior to that was with the Knicks (2008-2012) and Phoenix Suns (1999-2008); the vast majority coaching with Mike D'Antoni.

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2015 NBA Trade Rumors: Kings Interested in Pelicans' Jrue Holiday

Sacramento's "eyeing" will need to be accompanied by a very strong, and seemingly unlikely, offer if they expect to pluck New Orleans' starting point guard from the roster.

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2015 NBA Free Agency: Pelicans interested in unrestricted free agent Quincy Acy

A pattern is developing. With Acy and Aminu the Pelicans are targeting tweeners in the 3-4 mold. Long, active defenders who rebound well for their position.

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Pelicans tender qualifying offers to Norris Cole and Jeff Withey

Both Cole and Withey will be restricted free agents. This is a clear signal that the Pelicans will be operating above the salary cap. Barring a trade, their biggest offer in free agency will be the Mid-level Exception. For more, check out this article.

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2015 NBA Free Agency: Al-Farouq Aminu to meet with Pelicans

Interesting that he would be meeting with the franchise after walking away last season. Maybe the front office was more enamoured with him than coach Monty Williams. If Alvin Gentry plans to use Aminu as a small ball power forward I fully support this idea.

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Alvin Gentry talks analytics on Pelicans podcast

Gentry was Tuesday's guest on the Black and Blue Report, a Saints and Pelicans podcast. The Pelicans ranked 26th in ESPN's Great Analytics Rankings. That ranking will likely increase this season.

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Be there or be square: Alvin Gentry press conference Monday!

After finishing with his Golden State Warriors commitments, Alvin Gentry is ready to move onto the New Orleans Pelicans. If you've got the time, don't miss his introductory press conference scheduled for this Monday at 3:30 PM central time.

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Pelicans pursuing former Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt

This would be a huge get for the Pelicans. Melvin Hunt was a lead assistant and interim head coach last year in Denver. He's going to sign up to be the second assistant behind Alvin Gentry and Darren Erman? Coaching staff isn't going to come cheap.

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Eric Gordon opts into contract with New Orleans Pelicans for next season

Almost everyone had predicted this to be the case. Now there are fewer questions on how the Pelicans can proceed.