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May 8, 2015 Updates

The Pelicans revealed Thursday night that small forward Quincy Pondexter had a cartilage injury in his left knee that required arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday. Though the surgery was deemed successful, a timetable on Pondexter's return to basketball activities will be announced at a later day, according to the Pelicans. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 7, 2015 Updates

Gordon has until June 29 to decide whether he will play the final year of his four-year, $58 million contract in New Orleans or opt out to pursue free agency. It appears unlikely Gordon will opt out because of the $15.5 million he is scheduled to make with the Pelicans next season likely won't be matched in free agency. But Gordon said last week that he is not ready to reveal his plans yet. ''There's no decision on that right now at all," Gordon said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 6, 2015 Updates

Bensel, however, didn't address Demps' status. Demps has not been made available to media since the Pelicans were swept in four games by the Golden State Warriors. New Orleans Times-Picayune

New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Pelicans say the procedure, performed Wednesday, was successful, adding that they will soon be able to project a timetable for Pondexter's return to basketball activities. ESPN.com

An NBA source said New Orleans Pelicans front-office officials, including vice president/basketball operations Mickey Loomis, met former Detroit Pistons player and executive Joe Dumars at several Saints road games during the 2014 season. The meetings were held to gauge Dumars' opinion of the Pelicans. Dumars, a Louisiana native, has close ties to Pelicans officials and is a longtime friend of Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pelicans could be looking to hire Dumars to run the team's basketball operations department, according to a WDSU report Wednesday. NBA sources, however, confirmed that while Dumars could join the Pelicans, nothing is imminent. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Meanwhile, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps is a lame duck. His contract expires this summer and the team has an option for next season. The Pelicans have not indicated if they are going to offer a new deal. While Pelicans coach Monty Williams held his season-ending news conference last week, Demps has not been made available to media for a while. He has not made any public comments since April 16 when he denied a report that he and Williams were given a ''playoffs or else'' mandate during the preseason by management. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 5, 2015 Updates

But barring a trade, the Pelicans are locked into this roster for another year. They won’t have much cap room even if Omer Asik and Norris Cole leave, and all indications are the Pelicans would like to re-sign everyone. That would allow them to stay over the cap and use the full midlevel exception to sign another veteran cog. Grantland

It feels like these guys should rank higher, given Anthony Davis’s potential free agency a year from now, questions about the surrounding parts, and new rumors that Joe Dumars could still arrive in some supervisory big-picture role above GM Dell Demps — rumors that don’t appear to be heading anywhere for now. Grantland

Williams has a year remaining on his contract and though management has yet to offer him an extension, Pelicans owner Tom Benson sent a letter of congratulations last week for the team's winning season and playoff appearance. ''He's a great coach, the whole team loves him, the organization loves him,'' Davis said. ''I don't know what's going to happen. That's none of my business.But he's done a lot for this organization since he's been here. He takes so much heat and really doesn't let it bother him. He makes sure that he stays focus on his goal, which is the team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 29, 2015 Updates

In his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams expressed disapppointment that star forward Anthony Davis was not named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the award last week that was selected by the media. Leonard finished with 333 total votes that included 37 first-place votes. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 28, 2015 Updates

Still, coach Monty Williams considers Asik highly valued, a player they intend to make a strong push to re-sign this summer despite his inconsistent play throughout the series against the Warriors. ''As far as Omer, he's a huge part of what we do,'' Williams said during his end-of-the season news conference Tuesday. ''If you look at our defensive numbers from last year to this year, we improved in a number of categories and Omer was a huge part of that.'' Asik will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, along with top backup center Alexis Ajinca and seldom-used reserve center Jeff Withey. But Asik, 7-foot, 255 pounds, was one of the highest-paid players on the Pelicans' roster, earning $14.8 million but only $8.3 million counted against of the Pelicans' salary cap because of the trade deal involving the Houston Rockets last summer. New Orleans Times-Picayune

''He was one of the guys that helped us get stops,'' Williams said. ''He was really good at guarding and blocking shots and it makes our defense that much better. Early on, it didn't look like it and I'll be the first to admit that. But it takes time to figure out schemes. The other thing is that we had the toughest schedule in the league up until January I think and I think we were in the top five. But Omer certainly added great value to our team, not just as a defender but his IQ as he got more comfortable with me, we began to talk more I think that's when you started seeing our defense get a lot better. So he's highly valued by this organization and that he's an asset to this city.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Earlier this week, Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday admitted he is still having problems with his lower right leg that forced him to miss 42 games this season because of a stress reaction. With their season completed, Holiday is considering going through another surgical procedure this offseason to remove a screw that was put in to hold the steel rod in his right leg that was surgically implanted in his tibia to repair a stress fracture last season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Williams said the Pelicans medical staff is going to do everything it can to work with Holiday's doctors in Los Angeles throughout the offseason. ''Any time you don't have a player like Jrue, who plays every game and practices every day and when he can't, there's concerns,'' Williams said. ''No matter how you slice it, concern or frustration, the bottom line is I'm more saddened that he can't play for him. We're still trying to figure it out. Hopefully, Lord willingly, he'll be back on the floor next year and be healthy.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

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