Last Game
Sun, May 16 |
NBAt
vs Los Angeles Lakers (42-30)
  • Smoothie King Center
110
Final
98

Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
42-30 7-3 L1
38-34 6-4 L1
33-39 2-8 L4
31-41 4-6 L4
17-55 2-8 L1

Top Pelicans News

  • Pelicans' Marcos Louzada Silva: Team option declined

    Louzada had his team option declined by the Pelicans on Saturday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. However, John Hollinger of The Athletic speculates he'll ultimately be re-signed.

    Louzada appeared in three games for the Pelicans last season, with the rookie totaling eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 56 minutes. He could provide some depth for the Pelicans next season, but it's unlikely that he'll be fantasy-relevant.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Hart: Becomes restricted free agent

    Hart became a restricted free agent Saturday, as he was extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Hart is a unique role player as a 6-foot-5 guard with excellent rebounding abilities. Last season, he saw 28.7 minutes per game and averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. However, he's not an especially efficient scorer, as he shot just 43.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line. Wherever he ends up, it would be surprising if he managed to crack 30 minutes per game. There's a chance he'll end up with a contender and see a reduced workload compared to the last couple of seasons.

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  • Pelicans' Lonzo Ball: Becomes restricted free agent

    Ball was extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    As expected, the Pelicans will do what they can to potentially retain Ball. However, he figures to have several suitors in free agency, so there's a chance he's given an offer that the Pelicans feel uncomfortable matching. Ball averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season. Notably, he's been boasting an improved three-pointer. Over the past two seasons, Ball has made 2.7 threes per game at a 37.6 percent clip.

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  • Pelicans' Jose Alvarado: Agrees to two-way contract

    Alvarado agreed to a two-way contract with the Pelicans on Friday, Ken Sugiura reports.

    Alvarado spent four seasons at Georgia Tech and improved each year, and he averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals in his final season. The 23-year-old is a great two-way player that will likely see minutes with the Pelicans' Summer League team.

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  • Pelicans' Herbert Jones: Chosen by Pelicans

    Jones was selected by the Pelicans with the 35th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Jones is a great all-around player who built a reputation as a strong defender at Alabama. In his senior collegiate season, the 22-year-old averaged 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27.3 minutes. The 6-foot-8 forward could play a depth role for a Pelicans team that will likely have significant roster turnover in 2021-22.

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  • Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Goes to Pels with No. 17 pick

    Murphy was selected by the Pelicans with the 17th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

    As a junior at Virginia, Murphy averaged 11.3 points while shooting an impressive 43.3 percent from long range. As a lethal shooter, he makes sense around the frontcourt of Zion Williamson and Jonas Valanciunas. Murphy is also a good defender and athlete who fits the much-sought-after 3-and-D skillset.

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  • Pelicans' Jaxson Hayes: Arrested early Wednesday

    Hayes was arrested early Wednesday after an altercation with police, Christian Clark of NOLA.com reports.

    Police were called to a home in Los Angeles early Wednesday. Hayes was there, and he tried to bar the police from entering, which resulted in an altercation. He was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. It's not immediately clear whether this incident will impact Hayes' availability for the start of next season.

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  • Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas: Traded to Pelicans

    Valanciunas was traded to the Pelicans on Monday as part of a deal that brings Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to Memphis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The two teams will swap starting centers, but the Pelicans will pay a price for Memphis taking on a pair of less-than-desirable salary figures. New Orleans will send the No. 10 and No. 40 picks in Thursday's draft -- as well as a top-10-protected 2022 first-rounder (via the Lakers) -- to Memphis, which will send back the No. 17 and No. 51 picks in 2021. The trade will likely install Valanciunas as the Pelicans' top center alongside Zion Williamson, who struggled to fit in next to a non-spacer in Adams. Valanciunas is coming off of a career year in 2020-21, posting career highs in scoring (17.1 PPG) and rebounding (12.5 RPG) while adding 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. Valanciunas finished the season 21-of-57 (36.8 percent) from three-point range, and there's a good chance he'll be asked to do more floor spacing in New Orleans -- especially if Williamson's jumper does not improve this offseason.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 114.6
(9th)
114.9
(24th)

Injuries

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