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''Anthony (Davis) cannot be in a game and not touch the ball,''Williams said after his meeting with players. ''We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night. ''And that’s on me too. As much as I draw up plays for him, run the offense through him, the guys on the floor has to know it. When they don’t do it, I’ve got to make sure they get him the ball. Because he’s not a selfish player, he’s going to make the right plays. And our guys know that.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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

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

November 26, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a come up with a proposal to level the playing field between the NBA's two conferences. Cuban suggests a conference realignment that would result in a total of eight teams, including the Mavs, switching conferences. In Cuban's plan, the Mavs, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans would move to the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would move to the West. "It's not like it'd be the first time we've ever realigned," Cuban said. "It's happened many times before, so there's precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting." ESPN.com

"It's not like you're reducing competition," said Cuban, who noted that the teams he suggested moving to the West are approximately the same distance from Portland as Dallas and closer than New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston. "You keep Cleveland, Washington and other good teams in the East. It kind of shakes things up in terms of not just interest but also in terms of how people rebuild. "It just changes things up and it changes the thought process of a lot of teams. It makes both conferences very competitive, at least for the short-term and I think, based on the history of the teams, for the long-term as well." ESPN.com

With the ascension of Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans are suddenly at the forefront of the NBA discussion. By box score statistics, Davis has been playing about as well as any player possibly can over the 12 games to start the season. He has a 35.9 PER, 62 true shooting percentage, and is blocking 7.4 percent of opponents’ two-pointers. The Pels outscore opponents by 8.6 points per 100 possessions with Davis on the floor, and get murdered to the tune of -14.0 points/100 when he sits, per NBA.com. Basketball Insiders

November 24, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. An MRI revealed Gordon suffered a torn labrum as a result of the left shoulder subluxation injury that occurred Saturday night at Utah. NBA.com

November 23, 2014 Updates

Fredette, who was acquired by the Pelicans as a free agent this summer, is still waiting for an opportunity to draw consistent minutes as a backup. He returned to Utah for Saturday night’s game against the Jazz hoping to get in his first game action since last week’s victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. ''It's definitely tough,’’ said Fredette, who is averaging 2.8 points after six games. ''As a competitor you want to be out there on the floor and play. But ultimately that’s coaches decision.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fredette hoped to see more time in New Orleans this year but acknowledged before the game that it’s “definitely tough’’ not seeing more minutes. “As a competitor, you want to be out there on the floor,’’ Fredette said. “But ultimately it’s the coach’s decision. I hope I can get an opportunity just because I want to be out there playing. I just want to help the team as best as I can. But we’ll see what happens.'' Deseret News

He showed the Jazz an eyeful Saturday, scoring a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 shooting with a team-high 14 rebounds. For good measure, he added a pair of steals and a blocked shot and played good defense against Utah’s big men, who collectively didn’t have one of their better nights. “Obviously Davis is a great player and he had a great game tonight,’’ said Utah coach Quin Snyder. “It’s a real challenge. You can’t give him easy baskets and he got some of those tonight.’’ Deseret News

Pelicans starting shooting guard Eric Gordon suffered a separated left shoulder in the second quarter on Saturday night after colliding into Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke. There is no timetable on Gordon's return, but it' another injury setback for the Pelicans. The Pelicans officially said Gordon suffered from a left shoulder subluxation, which is a displacement. New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 22, 2014 Updates
November 21, 2014 Updates

Although, at times, it appears as if Eric Gordon is an odd cog with the Pelicans, the front office and coaching staff still believe Gordon is a key piece to the team. He already is starting to show some of his worth after an extremely slow start to the season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

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