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Marc Stein: ESPN sources also say that Alonzo Gee potentially could wind up being plugged into New Orleans' looming acquisition of Rockets' Omer Asik Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
David Aldridge: FA guard Anthony Morrow still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns, per source. All willing to use some portion of MLE. Twitter @daldridgetnt
There’s yet another wrinkle in the P.J. Hairston saga. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group. According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true. In fact, Robert Gadson, director of the NBPA’s Security and Agent Administration Department told Sporting News on Thursday that there is “no record of a Juan Morrow in (the NBPA’s) files, nor is there record of an applicant by that name.” Sporting News
Sporting News reached out to Hornets VP of Communications, Mike Cristaldi, to find out whether the Hornets are aware of Morrow’s status. Cristaldi said the Hornets would not be able to confirm knowledge of Morrow’s certification. If it is discovered that an agent’s certifications were not valid when a contract was signed, then “all terms within the contract are voided,” Gadson said. It is unclear whether rookie contract negotiations between the Hornets and Hairston have taken place. Sporting News
New Orleans Pelicans rookie point guard Russ Smith apparently has been impressive enough in summer league mini camp practices this week that he's been extended a guaranteed contract offer. In an audio recording posted on the University of Louisville's official athletic website, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Smith has a guaranteed contract committed from the Pelicans. New Orleans acquired Smith in a draft night trade last month from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights of guard Pierre Jackson, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury last week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. New Orleans Times-Picayune
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