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September 6, 2014 Updates

Even when New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers was the subject of trade rumors this summer, he didn't stop working. Instead of wondering where he may end up, he stayed focused on getting better. He spent time in Houston working with former NBA player and coach John Lucas and also in Los Angeles with skills trainer, Rob McClanaghan, whose clients include Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. "I was constantly working the entire summer,'' Rivers said. ''I gained 10 pounds and I've got stronger in my upper body. This is my year. But I think at the end of the day, I think we all now understand we can only control what we can control. At the end of the day, we let all of the guys in the front office do their jobs. We just stick to what we do. We play.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 5, 2014 Updates

While Rivers was not distracted by trade rumors, he's also not overburden with the prospect of having to compete against tough competition to draw minutes in the rotation. Rivers said he's matured and ready for whatever comes his way. ''The growing pains are over and I went through everything, so I'm ready to ball,'' Rivers said. ''Our job is to be in the best shape we can be. We're just preparing to work and not worrying about what anybody says.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 4, 2014 Updates

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16. The Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello. USA Today Sports

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he has been medically cleared to begin contact work. It comes eight months after Anderson suffered a season-ending neck injury on Jan. 3 when he collided with Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace and was carted off the court at the TD Garden on a stretcher. New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 3, 2014 Updates
August 29, 2014 Updates

With the FIBA World Cup approaching this weekend, Davis said playing for his country does more than make him a better player. It's also a way to spend his offseason doing what he loves while showing his appreciation for others who've made greater sacrifices, and taken far greater risks, in the name of patriotism. "I love playing for USA basketball. Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said on a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation. "So I love doing things like this and I look forward to future years playing for USA Basketball." USA Today Sports

August 28, 2014 Updates

January 3 was a very scary day for the New Orleans Pelicans and Ryan Anderson. The 25-year-old suffered two herniated discs in his neck at Boston that night and missed the rest of the 2014 season with an injury that could have been career-threatening. But Anderson has been working his way back through rehabilitation and feels "great," as he told sports reporter Rachel Whittaker this week. The Pelicans begin training camp in October and the regular season Oct. 28 at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 27, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward John Salmons. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. NBA.com

Thankfully, after what’s been an unimaginably difficult past 12 months for Anderson, he’s back in Pelicans practice gear and expects to be 100 percent around the start of training camp Sept. 29. The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder received clearance last week to return to the hardwood, though he’s a few weeks away from being allowed to play in pickup games, due to the potential short-term risk to his fused herniated disc. “I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning,” Anderson said. “I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn’t be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out. I just can’t wait to play contact basketball again. I can’t wait for that day. Until then I want to build up strength, get stronger and really work on my conditioning, and get back to normal.” NBA.com

August 25, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: John Salmons original contract with Pelicans was not approved by NBA - was re-written and re-signed Friday - same $. John Salmons - perhaps something wasn't right with the deferred $ - looking into it @BBallInsiders Twitter @EricPincus

“I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning,” Anderson said. “I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn’t be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out. I just can’t wait to play contact basketball again. I can’t wait for that day. Until then I want to build up strength, get stronger and really work on my conditioning, and get back to normal.” NBA.com

August 22, 2014 Updates

Dell Demps: People told me before ‘he’s a good guy’ but this guy, he’s a great guy. I think he’s really going to fit into our culture and that the people and our fans are going to fall in love with him. He plays so hard and plays so smart and he does all the intangibles. He’s going to be our dirty work guy and he’s going to be the anchor on our defense. Monty’s excited to have him. And another guy, who might be more excited, is Anthony. He knows that he has him so it works out there. For a small forward, I think we’ll have an opportunity to see Tyreke play some there. I thought he did well when he played there last year. When you look at some of the games he’s had and what he did playing at the small forward position, I thought he’s a little undersized there, but with all the intangibles and things he does, I think that will be a bright spot. We’re going to have John Salmons come in as a veteran. We’re finalizing his contract right now. That should be soon. I’m not supposed to talk about that. NBA.com

August 19, 2014 Updates
August 17, 2014 Updates

Going into this game, you didn’t quite know what you were going to get — especially after the losses of Kevin Durant and Paul George. Coming out of it, we now know what we are going to get: A whole lot of Anthony Davis, whose youthful athleticism was infectious to the entire American team in their first game of the 2014 summer. “We hope it will be like what happened with some of the guys on the 2010 team, and that this launches what should be a storied career for him,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. SheridanHoops

August 15, 2014 Updates
August 14, 2014 Updates
 

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