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November 27, 2014 | 10:43 AM ET Update

Davis will make $7 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but is eligible for a maximum contract extension next summer that could be worth about $90 million over five years. If he is not signed to an extension prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, he will be a restricted free agent in July 2016. Davis actually could sign a much more lucrative contract in 2016 when the new television contract hits, but isn't sure if he wants to explore free agency. "I love it here in New Orleans," Davis said. "Great city. Great atmosphere. …We're getting the fans back and New Orleans back buzzing for the Pelicans, a great organization. I love my team here. "We're definitely moving in the right direction. I don't know what the future holds, but right now I'm definitely loving the team and the organization." Yahoo! Sports

The Sacramento Kings have released a new set of renderings for the Entertainment and Sports Center in Downtown Sacramento. Technology is the name of the game for the new building, but the plan is for the entire complex to revitalize the heart of capital city with an esthetic that is distinctly Sacramento. Included in the renderings is a new 16-story “mixed use tower” that includes a 250-room hotel, 69 residential units, 35,000 square feet of office spaces, and approximately 45,000 square feet of retail spaces. Cowbell Kingdom

Glenn DuPaul, who worked as an analytics intern for baseball's Kansas City Royals, is the Nets new director of analytics, NetsDaily has learned. DuPaul, who graduated from Lehigh earlier this year, had served as an intern for the Royals for nearly a year and a half before joining the Nets earlier this month. He lists his new job on his LinkedIn page. DuPaul has been working sports analytics --aka sabremetrics-- for several years, according to his LinkedIn bio, He's worked previously as an intern at Basketball Info Solutions, and a Sabremetrics columnist at both Hardball Times and Beyond the Boxscore, an SB Nation blog. He's also written for ESPN and SI's "Call to the Pen" baseball blog. For a while, he had his own site, Baseball's Economist. He has a degree in Business/Managerial Economics from Lehigh. NetsDaily

Anthony Davis can't help but notice the homeless people living under bridges near the New Orleans Pelicans' arena when he arrives for and leaves games. "Any time I see a homeless person I give them money if I have cash on me," Davis said. "You don't know what they're going through. Some people say you never know if they're lying or putting on a show. But you never know. "If that were me, I would want someone to help me out. I try to make sure I can help out any way possible." Yahoo! Sports

Dear Gerald Wallace, Thank you for sitting and talking with my son, Davis. Although, for you, this was just a moment in time before heading off to your work as a basketball player on the Boston Celtics, for us it was a glimpse of our boy living his dream. I don’t know if Davis mentioned it or not, but he wants to be a professional basketball player too. Although the slim odds for making it into the NBA would discourage most, Davis will not be deterred. His optimism is one of his best qualities. The Mighty

I know our society doesn’t value individuals like Davis, slow in mind and body, but Davis doesn’t know that. He knows our society values professional athletes, and so he plans to join your ranks, not only for love of the game, but for its reward as well. Did he tell you about the mansion he’s planning to build with his NBA salary? So as we navigate the terrain of guiding this child as he grows, we thank you for giving us a story to sustain his dreams and bridge the gap. We’ll talk of the time when he sat with Gerald Wallace, and shot a hoop or two, and hope that gets him – and us – close enough. The Mighty

November 27, 2014 | 08:51 AM ET Update

But the most significant aspect of the move is its implications for injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. There is a growing belief that one or both could rejoin the lineup soon, perhaps as early as Friday against New York. They returned to practice this week and are scheduled to have their respective injuries evaluated over the Thanksgiving holiday. Oklahoman

In a surprise move, the Thunder has waived point guard Sebastian Telfair. The team announced the news Wednesday night, hours after its home win over Utah. Telfair came into the season projected to be the Thunder’s third string point guard but ended up playing a prominent role for a team that has been decimated by injuries in the season’s first month. Oklahoman

Telfair, who was attempting to resurrect his NBA career after competing in China last season, posted a farewell message to his Instagram account after the Thunder announced the move. “It’s been a honor and thanks to all the okc fans that showed me love while I was here,” Telfair wrote. “Good luck to all my teammates as they work for a ring! All love #BA #headup” Oklahoman

During the offseason, Delaney signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract sheet in Russia with Lokomotiv Kuban. According to sources with knowledge of the contract agreement, Delaney has an escape clause he can trigger as late as July 22, 2015. From what I’m hearing, he’s mulling over opting-out. Basketball Insiders

Cuban said he knew Carmelo Anthony wasn’t coming to Dallas after he wouldn’t immediately accept his offer when they met July 2 in his Dallas home. “We felt so confident we signed Chandler [Parsons] before [Anthony] made his final decision,’’ Cuban said. “When you make a decision like that you’re either all in or not. If you have second thoughts, in any business, it’s not good. He had more money from New York. I was like “let’s go, let’s close this thing.’ We didn’t, so chances are it’s not going to happen. But it was a good chance to meet Carmelo. “I was surprised and impressed with his business demeanor. I never talked to him before. I got to know him a little. So it was worth it.’’ New York Post

After missing his first two shots of the second half Wednesday, Stephenson was replaced by Brian Roberts at the 8:04 mark of the third quarter and didn't return for the remainder of the game. Stephenson had eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes. He was short on answers when asked afterward about his diminished role late in games. "It's Coach's decision," Stephenson said. Pressed further about his status, Stephenson said he's no longer dealing with some of the nagging injuries that slowed him in training camp and entering the season. "I'm not hurt. I'm healthy," said Stephenson, who has seen his playing time reduced over each of the past five games. "There are no more excuses. Hey, it's Coach's decision if he doesn't want to play me in the fourth [quarter]. I'm just going to continue to work hard and do what it takes to win games." ESPN.com

While Valanciunas had a huge night, Kyle Lowry had the play of the game when he poked the ball away from Suns guard Isaiah Thomas with 23 seconds on the clock and the Raptors leading by two. DeMar DeRozan iced the victory with four straight free throws with under a minute remaining. Lowry also had an end-to-end sequence to remember, leaving teammate Chuck Hayes amazed and the crowd buzzing with MVP chants. “He had a sequence where he got the block, loose ball, got the steal, got the assist and then the charge,” Hayes said. “Unbelievable. That shows our leader, man.” “It’s a hell of an unselfish team,” Lowry said. “It’s a team where it doesn’t matter who is most successful. Everybody wants to win games.” NBA.com

“Yeah, they made shots, but we don’t lose the game like that,” Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier said. “We lose the game because we played selfish. We don’t move the ball. We’re just standing and looking at each other. We have to play better than that. If we keep playing like that, we’re not going to win any game.” Orlando Sentinel

Young seemed eager to get back into the fold against the Bucks, but also expressed gratitude at being able to be by his mother's side for her final moments. From the Associated Press: "The last 10 or 15 minutes of my mom's life I was there holding her hand," Young said Monday when he returned to Timberwolves practice. "I felt her last breaths as she passed away." [...] "My mom is one of the strongest women I knew," Young said. "She did everything. She sacrificed everything. For her to pass, it definitely hurts badly. She was my motivation, my concentration, my focus, everything. Just try to keep making her proud." Yahoo! Sports

If you were watching closely during Wednesday's matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons, you might have noticed that Clippers point guard Chris Paul had something written on his sneakers: ... but you might not have known why the All-Star had "L.E.G." on his kicks. "L.E.G." stands for Lisa Elaine Gallagher, who died in early September after fighting glioblastoma — a cancerous tumor that develops in the supportive tissue of the brain, can spread quickly and aggressively, and often leads to severe headaches, nausea, and memory and/or speech difficulties — for nearly a year. She was 49. She left behind a husband, Michael, and six children. Yahoo! Sports

A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge. Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 withunlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home where Swift was living with his roommate, accused heroin and meth dealer Trugve “Trigg” Bjorkstam, court records show. Bjorkstam, 54, was charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court. Seattle Times

 

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