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February 28, 2014 Updates

Already without their starting center for the remainder of 2013-14, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Friday that their first-string point guard also won’t play again this season. Jrue Holiday, an All-Star in 2013 who was acquired in a draft-night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, has undergone season-ending surgery to correct a right tibia stress fracture. Holiday has been sidelined since Jan. 8 with the injury, after playing in each of the team’s first 34 games. Brian Roberts has started in his place at point guard over the past 23 games. NBA.com

February 27, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced just prior to their Thursday afternoon practice in Phoenix that All-Star power forward Anthony Davis will be listed as day-to-day with a left shoulder sprain. Davis sustained the injury during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Dallas. The Pelicans (23-34) will visit the Phoenix Suns on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Central in an ESPN nationally-televised game. NBA.com

February 26, 2014 Updates

During halftime, the Pelicans announced that Anthony Davis will not return to Wednesday's game. He has a left shoulder sprain. Holding his left shoulder, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis headed to the locker room with 4:13 left in the second quarter at Dallas. The severity of his injury was unknown at the time he left the court. NBA.com

February 23, 2014 Updates
February 22, 2014 Updates

Jrue Holiday: Just wanna give a S/O to my Bro for life @Evanalmighty12 moving on to bigger and better things! We had the plan of being backcourt mates for many years but god has blessed us both and moved us to do our thing else where. Keep grinding!Love you bro. #goPELS and I cheer for the pacers now lol Instagram

February 21, 2014 Updates

A 6'10" power forward who's emerged as this season's breakout star, Davis is averaging 20.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. With those numbers, his PER (26.35) is fifth-best in the league, right behind seasoned All-NBA veterans such as Durant, James, Kevin Love and Chris Paul. "I think Davis very well could be the next big thing because of his amazing skill set," one NBA scout said. "He's a phenomenal defensive player, but his offensive skills and growth in such a short period have been really impressive. I think he can be top five in the league in 2-3 years max. Bleacher Report

"I'm not sure how many NBA execs, coaches and scouts expected him to be this good this fast. He was clearly talented coming out of college, but I don't think we saw the quick rise. Offensively, he can shoot, handle the ball, pass and take his man off the dribble. On the other end, he's a fantastic rebounder, blocks and changes shots, and defends pick-and-rolls pretty well. He also has great feet, so that helps a lot." Davis has even made arguably the best defensive center in the NBA, Roy Hibbert, a little nervous. "He'll be a terror in this league," Hibbert said. Bleacher Report

Davis, who now weighs about 235 pounds, said his ability to absorb contact has been a "big improvement" from Year 1 to Year 2. Being rail thin was his biggest weakness in college, as he would tend to get bumped off balance in traffic. He's getting to the free-throw line 2.8 more times per game this season, while shooting a respectable 76.1 percent. "(Daniel) definitely helped me out getting stronger, and it's improved my game on the floor," Davis said. "I'm able to get hit on the arm or upper body and finish at the rim, or at least get a shot up and draw a foul. Even when I'm driving by guys, they're not able to just bump me off line, so it's huge and it's getting me a lot more scoring opportunities at the rim." Bleacher Report

February 20, 2014 Updates

With less than an hour left to go, the crickets continued to be heard around most of the league. I'm told all is quiet for - among many others, I'm sure - the Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans. In relation to the below note on the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill, the Mavericks do have interest in him but the proposal is problematic because of the Lakers' desire to move both Hill and fellow big man Chris Kaman in order to get under the luxury tax. USA Today Sports

The Lakers continue to weigh their options when it comes to big man Jordan Hill, with the hope of moving his $3.5 million salary, further diminishing the team’s luxury tax bill. The Lakers have talked with several teams, including the Pelicans, Bobcats, Suns and Cavaliers, but the team that might wind up in the best position to land Hill remains the Nets, a source told Sporting News. Sporting News

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