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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

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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

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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

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“If we’re healthy, we’re for sure a playoff team,” Gordon told Basketball Insiders. “It’s all about us getting together and playing because the West is tough. We know that and realize that. It’s all about having a full season together. … That’s what we got to see this year; we’ll have a fully-loaded team and it’s about all of us being healthy. It’s crazy to see how many guys were injured this past year. “We never got a chance to play a full season together. We know we’re a very talented team and [have] a lot of talented individuals, but we just have to put it together and have a good healthy season.” Basketball Insiders

 

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