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February 18, 2014 Updates

Gordon said he was told by team officials that he's not on the trading block. However, speculation still persists that he could be moved if the Pelicans can find a team willing to take on his enormous contract. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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February 16, 2014 Updates

Jackson, a 5-foot-8 guard who was selected in the second round last summer then dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the draft-night deal that brought Jrue Holiday to New Orleans, said he hopes to get a call up to the NBA soon. But he admitted he doesn't know when that day will come. "That's still up in the air," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to enjoy this weekend as much fun as I can and take in all of the (scenes). I'll leave that up to my agent to figure out." New Orleans Times-Picayune

With reports of other NBA teams' interest in Jackson swirling, the Pelicans and Jackson's agent Colin Bryant continue to talk, according to a league source. Although Jackson never signed a contract with the Pelicans, the team still holds his rights. Jackson, the leading scorer in NBADL who also scored a league-record 58 points earlier this month, showcased his skills Saturday afternoon, scoring 30 points on 11 of 16 shooting and finishing with eight assists in his Future's team 145-142 loss to the Prospects in the NBADL All-Star Game. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 15, 2014 Updates

Jackson exists in a weird purgatory, stuck in the NBA D-League with the Idaho Stampede. The Pelicans have not renounced his draft rights, which would make him a free agent, and they haven't signed him, even after an injury to Jrue Holiday. He can't be called up by another team. He can't sign with another team. All he can do is work on his game in the D-League and hope something, anything happens before he's forced to head to Europe for the money. "(Europe's) on the back of my mind," Jackson told CBSSports.com over All-Star Weekend. "My family needs the money. I need to provide for m family so whatever I have to do, I'll have to. "The NBA's always been my dream, and I think I'm good enough to play there. But the way the cards are dealt, I may have to go overseas for my career." CBSSports.com

Jackson says he knows teams are looking for a backup, and that he envisons his role as an energy player. Still, being a guy who's dropping nearly 30 points a game gets frustrating since still no team will "come and get him" by trading for his rights from the Pelicans. Jackson sounds nearly desperate when he says "I just want something to really stand out so I can get called up. The 58 didn't do that for me, so maybe I gotta score 60," he jokes. CBSSports.com

February 14, 2014 Updates

New Orleans shooting guard Eric Gordon said before Wednesday night’s game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center that he’s heard the Bucks have had interest in him for some time. Gordon is reportedly on the trading block, although his hefty contract — $14.2M this season, $14.9M next season with a player option of $15.5M in 2015-16 — certainly would make it difficult for the Bucks to take him on. Racine Journal-Times

The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

Q: Latest rumor is Bucks are interested in Eric Gordon. Based on his injury history, that looks like a bad move for the Bucks. That said, would Pels trade Gordon for Mayo and Neal? I would hope thee Bucks would not offer more than that. Alex Kennedy: The Bucks have shot this down. A well placed source from the Bucks told our Bill Ingram that any report about Milwaukee being interested in Eric Gordon is “completely untrue” so it doesn’t sound like they’ll make that move. Basketball Insiders

Chris Paul stepped onto a private jet here around 5 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2011 for a flight to a new start in Los Angeles. As soon as the ex-New Orleans Hornets star sat down in his seat, the reality of the departure from a city that he loved and a franchise that frustrated him set in and he broke down into tears just before the wheels went up. "We got on the plane and I laid my head on the window after saying goodbye to the guys at the airport that I used to see all the time. I was emotional," Paul told Yahoo Sports. "You think you were going to have some time to let it set in. But as soon as it happened, all the memories, just leaving… The trade happened at night so it wasn't like you got to tell people bye. It happened and we were gone." Yahoo! Sports

The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

C.J. Paul, Chris Paul's brother and personal manager, said the "final straw" for his brother was when West told him he wouldn't be re-signing with the Hornets. West ended up signing as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 14, 2011 after the NBA lockout ended. "We had talked about possibly sticking together. But once he realized that I was gone, I knew he was definitely going to check out," West said. "It was time for us to find new space." Said Chris Paul: "I missed David West. My partner. My right hand man." Yahoo! Sports

The Hornets struck a blockbuster sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Kobe Bryant in the backcourt post-lockout on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2011. An hour later, the NBA-owned Hornets were told that NBA Commissioner David Stern nullified the deal for "basketball reasons." Stern, who retired earlier this year, didn't respond to an email in regards to that nullified deal. But new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "[Stern] was acting in the best interest of the franchise at the time when he made the decision and did what he felt was right for the team." Yahoo! Sports

Paul responded on Twitter simply with the word, "Wow," after the Lakers trade fell apart. C.J. Paul said his brother expected to play the 2011-12 season in New Orleans and become a free agent at season's end. "When his deal got rescinded to the Lakers, I knew he was very disappointed," West said. "He just wanted to find a new home and have a chance to start over." Yahoo! Sports

There was constant talk about the Hornets moving in the post-Katrina era due to poor attendance. Paul was once told that the team could be moving to San Diego. Shinn also wanted to sell the team. "I went through a lot there," Chris Paul said. "They were talking about moving our team here, moving our team there. All kind of different types of stuff." Yahoo! Sports

Anderson has been sidelined since Jan. 3 when he collided with Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace. Anderson never lost feeling in any of his extremities but had excruciating pain shooting from his elbow to the tip of his fingers. He remained at a Boston hospital for three days before returning to New Orleans. `` At beginning of the year, I got my last MRI and it said the disc wasn’t healing,’’ Anderson said. ``But my symptoms are getting a lot better. I don’t feel that pain anymore. The fact that I’m feeling better is a good sign, but I’m going to get re-checked and have another MRI. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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