New Orleans Pelicans Rumors
In five seasons, Williams had a 173-221 with New Orleans and led the franchise to two playoff appearances, including his first season when he had All-Stars Chris Paul and David West. ”Monty was my first coach, so we kind of have that connection,” Davis said. ”It was tough because we went through a lot together from my rookie year, the second year and going to the World Cup and winning a gold medal. He helped me through a lot; taught me a lot. ”But when it happened (Williams fired), he definitely called me and said don’t worry about me, I’m going to be fine and just go out there and be great.That shows what kind of guy he is. He’s never talked bad about the organization. I wish him the best.”
Norris Cole continues to receive interest from the 76ers, but it’s unclear whether they will spend enough to pry the restricted free agent from New Orleans. At this point, signing his one-year qualifying offer and playing in Alvin Gentry’s system with the Pelicans remains a viable option, a league source tells SheridanHoops. In addition, Anthony Davis wants Cole back in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent center Kendrick Perkins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Perkins, 6-10, 270, appeared in 68 games for Oklahoma City and Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, averaging a combined 3.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per contest.
Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done very little tweaking to their roster since their first-round exit from last season’s playoffs. It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, which made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans. “I just felt comfortable here. I like the team. I like the direction that we’re heading in. I like the guys who are playing by my side,” Davis said Monday. “I have a lot of trust in our organization and what they’re doing.”
Davis could have agreed to a shorter extension, but he said it wasn’t an option he considered. ”I love living here in New Orleans,” Davis said in a conference call on Monday. ”I love playing for the city. I love the city. I’m just comfortable here. I like the team and the direction we’re heading. ”I have a lot of trust in our organization. I know they are trying to put us in the best situation to win. I thought that was the biggest thing for me. Each player is different. I was more focused on wanting to stay here ”