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May 12, 2015 Updates

“I have the utmost respect for Monty Williams, not only as a coach but as a person,” said Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “He represented our team, our organization and our city with tremendous class and dignity. Gayle and I grew very fond of Monty and his wife Ingrid and of course their five beautiful children. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.” The Pelicans finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 45-37 and the eighth position in the Western Conference, earning New Orleans its first postseason berth in four seasons. “Making a decision like this is never easy and is never done hastily, especially when you are dealing with a person of Monty Williams’ character. We thanked Monty for the tremendous work and commitment he made to our organization and the development of our young players, specifically Anthony Davis,” said Loomis. “While we continue to work towards improving our roster, we decided that now was the time to make this decision. We wish nothing but the best for Monty in the future.” NBA.com

General manager Dell Demps had been wrestling for greater control of the franchise and pushed out Williams. Around Williams’ staff this season, there was a sense of decreasing management support and unnecessary obstacles, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Williams, who had one year left on his contract and a team option for a second, had a scheduled meeting with management Tuesday morning, where there was an expectation that the franchise would pick up the 2016-17 option on his deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Instead, New Orleans president Mickey Loomis let Williams go. Yahoo! Sports

May 11, 2015 Updates

While Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is the leader in the Orlando Magic vacant coaching clubhouse, Scott Skiles and Scott Brooks are still in contention. I’m hearing the Magic job is Thibodeau’s if he so desires, although some basketball insiders are speculating New Orleans could be Thibodeau’s preferred landing spot. Skiles hasn’t coached since being jettisoned by the Bucks in January of 2013, but has a huge fan in Richard DeVos, the Magic owner. Racine Journal-Times

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

 

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