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July 31, 2014 Updates

The Wizards’ preseason schedule will include a visit to Greenville, S.C., to face the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the location and date. Earlier this month, Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Alvin Brown announced his city will host a Pelicans-Wizards game Oct. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Washington Post

The Mavs’ preseason schedule: Oct. 7: vs. Houston Rockets; Oct. 10: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Oct. 12: vs. Indiana Pacers; Oct. 17: at Cleveland Cavaliers; Oct. 18: at Indiana Pacers; Oct. 20: vs. Memphis Grizzlies; Oct. 23: at New Orleans Pelicans; Oct. 24: at Orlando Magic. ESPN.com

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Free agent forward Al Farouq-Aminu has reached an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources informed CSNNW.com. The agreement is for two years, $2.1 with the second being a player option, we're told. CSNNW.com

Marc Stein: Omri Casspi has already publicly expressed interest in returning to Kings and word is Sacramento is planning to put in a waiver claim on him. Claiming Casspi off waivers would enable Kings to secure his rights without messing with free agency ... IF they are only team to claim him. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Before the conversation ended, Casspi talked again about his early NBA career and expressed a desire to return to the city where it began. Once he is waived by the Pelicans, he added, he can sign with any other club. “My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams,” he said, “and the Kings are one of them. Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.” Sacramento Bee

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

July 22, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 23 in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, the franchise announced on Tuesday. It is the second Pelicans preseason game that has been announced for this fall. In April, the Pelicans confirmed they will play the Miami Heat in Louisville, Ky., at the KFC Yum! Center on Oct. 4. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Undrafted and disappointed last month during the NBA draft, former Gators center Patric Young quickly found a new home, signing a two-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans. Young's signing, first reported by OnlyGators.com, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the top inside player last season for the Gators' Final Four team. Orlando Sentinel

July 18, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN HORNETS HISTORY

Only two Pelicans make a list where perennial All-Star Chris Paul is No. 1.

   

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