John Reid

Pelicans beat Lakers 90-73, for their second consecutive victory in summer league.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans win 90-73. NOLA (2-0) never trailed during a dominant victory over Lakers. Eleven different Pelicans players scored

Jim Eichenhofer

Russ Smith 4th qtr highlights: a soaring fast-break dunk and a crafty Rajon Rondo-like lefty layup under the rim

John Reid

Pels rookie Russ Smith has scored just four points, but he's dished eight assists.

Ryan Anderson

Who is your favorite teammate on the New Orleans Pelicans @Tyreke Evans? #Seat140

Jim Eichenhofer

Courtney Fells checks out of the action with game-best 25 points. Pelicans hold 86-67 edge on Lakers with 2:22 left

Jason Calmes

Also, just in case it hasn't registered, nonguaranteed years are a new form of NBA currency. There's good reason to have them around. - 42

Jason Calmes

As Fish also just pointed out, the Ariza signing turned into a sign-and-trade. Granted, no adjustments were needed. It happens. - 42

John Reid

DeQuan Jones had made all five shot attempts and has 14 points off the bench for Pelicans.

Jim Eichenhofer

Russ Smith (1-for-8 shooting, 2 points) struggling this time on O after 20-point game Fri. But he has 7 assists. Just had two nice dishes

Jason Calmes

It's now reported that Houston will not match the offer sheet for Parsons. I suppose all the worry about timing was for naught. - 42

Jim Eichenhofer

Courtney Fells has shot so well Pelicans are running isolation for him. Fells game-high 23 points, including four treys. NOLA 81-65 at 5:28

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans lead 68-56 over Lakers through 3 quarters. FWIW on Friday, Pelicans trailed D-League 67-57 at this stage but came back to win

John Reid

New Orleans Pelicans lose free agent point guard Brian Roberts to the Charlotte Hornets s.nola.com/AQinj0F via @nolanews

John Reid

Pelicans' rookie Russ Smith has missed eight of nine shots and has two points with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Jason Calmes

Thanks to Fish for quickly pointing out this needed clarification. Also, it could just be coordinated moves, or nothing here. - 42

Jason Calmes

To be clear, a sign-and-trade must be for 3 seasons, but Roberts' deal can be given a team option or unguaranteed year. Tweaks happen. - 42

John Reid

Pelicans center Jeff Withey has 10 pts and 5 rebounds after 20 minutes.

Jason Calmes

This does not guarantee that a sign and trade is looming, but the structure of the deal does not rule it out. - 42

Jim Eichenhofer

NOLA 60-44 at 5:00 of 3rd qtr. Recent highlight: Russ Smith sprints back on D and swats a fast-break Lakers layup. Not bad for a 6-foot PG

Jason Calmes

Roberts' salary is consistent with an Early Bird Rights deal since it is below the prior NBA average salary and is for 2 season. - 42

John Reid

Rookie PF Patric Young playing like he belongs on the regular season roster.Amazed this guy wasn't drafted.

John Reid

Josh Howard had a quiet first half for Pelicans with two pts and a rebounds in six minutes.

John Reid

Pelicans leading Lakers 51-36 at halftime in Vegas.

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans go into halftime with 51-36 lead over Lakers. Patric Young headed for double-double territory again with 8 pts, 5 reb

John Reid

Pelicans center Jeff Withey has to be a little more physical - just got his two-handed dunk attempt blocked.

Jason Calmes

The possibility that Hopson is not coming, of course, remains. Logically, it makes sense to send him here, however. - 42

Jason Calmes

The Evans free agent agreement became a sign-and-trade, for example. Hopson could also come here in a separate coorindated deal. - 42

Jason Calmes

This signing could easily become a sign-and-trade for Roberts with Hopson coming back, maybe more each way. - 42

John Reid

Rookie PF Patric Young having another solid performance - 8 pts, 5 rebounds.

Jason Calmes

Roberts to Charlotte seems to have tied to Hinrich making a choice, plus maybe Roberts' negotiations. But now it is moving along. - 42

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans are on way to huge offensive game if this keeps up. NOLA leads 51-33 at 2:30 of 2nd qtr. Courtney Fells 16 pts, DeQuan Jones 10 pts

John Reid

Pelicans not having a problem making shots, especially Courtney Fells, who already has 16 pts in second quarter.

Ryan Anderson

It's hard to see my guys @Anthony Morrow and Brian Roberts go, but I know they are gonna do big things for their new teams. God bless boys

Jim Eichenhofer

Russ Smith update: He's got 4 assists, 2 turnovers in 8 minutes. Scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting. Just dove over L.A. bench to save loose ball

Jim Eichenhofer

Patric Young continues to show nice hook shot. Young has 6 points, 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. Pelicans 37-26 at 6:47 of 2nd

John Reid

Courtney Fells led the Pelicans with 11 points in the first quarter against Lakers. Russ Smith went scoreless, taking only one shot

Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans reserve Courtney Fells was flammable in 1st qtr, going 3-for-4 from three-point range, for team-high 11 pts. NOLA 29-21

Jim Eichenhofer

Lottery pick Julius Randle is playing his first game in a Lakers uniform. Arinze Onuaku and DeQuan Jones debuting today for summer Pelicans

John Reid

Pelicans' Courtney Fells playing well today, hitting two 3-pointers. New Orleans out to 20-11 lead against Lakers 1Q

Jim Eichenhofer

Offense is clicking for Pelicans, who are 8-16 from field and 3-6 on treys. New Orleans up 20-11 at 2:48 of 1st

Jim Eichenhofer

Lots of action at both ends of the floor early. Patric Young 4 points, Russ Smith 2 assists. Pelicans 10-8 at 5:40 of 1st

John Reid

Forward Patric Young, who had a double double Friday, is in starting lineup today for Pelicans.

John Reid

Pelicans off to a better start than Friday summer league opener, leading Lakers 5-0.

Jim Eichenhofer

Just 1:15 into the game, Russ Smith draws ooohs from the crowd with a beautiful fake and drop-off pass to Patric Young for a dunk

Jim Eichenhofer

Florida product Patric Young moves into Pelicans' starting lineup for Game 2, after an 11-point, 13-rebound performance Friday (in 19 mins)

Jim Eichenhofer

About 30 minutes from tip in Vegas. As you'd expect geography-wise, quite a few Lakers fans already in arena http://t.co/vQZvDaZ3D8

John Reid

Pelicans lose another player - PG Brian Roberts agreeing to two-year deal to join Charlotte Hornets.

John Reid

New Orleans Pelicans are hoping point guard Russ Smith will continue to emerge in summer league s.nola.com/if1T7lP via @nolanews

Jason Calmes

Game On: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers bit.ly/1wihwN6 #Pelicans #fb

Jason Calmes

The teams are working together, not as combatants, to get the trade done in a way that is best for both teams. They know the issues. - 42

Jason Calmes

The timing is only an issue if they want to match and are not done using their space at that time, including that created by Asik deal. - 42

Jason Calmes

People seem very worried about the timing of Asik deal with respect to Houston needing to match Parsons' offer sheet or not. - 42

Jason Calmes

Babbitt and Withey were examples of smaller (mostly) nonguaranteed deals. I'm not saying they are being traded, are unwanted.- 42

Jason Calmes

Trading Gee into space removed some better exceptions, but may in fact keep under contract players on the team. Choices. - 42

Jason Calmes

The idea of trading a guy into space to create the space you already had... That seems ... Inefficient. Should be going TPE route. - 42

Jason Calmes

But he did not. So, a deal is in place or they are not going this route. Several such deals to choose from, even keeping Roberts' hold. - 42

Jason Calmes

Or they grab another nonguaranteed deal from another team. Some such players were waived recently, and Dell could have gotten them. - 42

Jason Calmes

So the Pels send 2 smaller contracts (Babbitt and Withey), one larger guaranteed (e.g. Rivers now that Lin is gone). - 42

Jason Calmes

Ely's deal is the next largest expiring, so include him. No other single expiring on the team works in the Asik deal. - 42

Jason Calmes

They could have just kept the space. Therefore, they must be planning on trading his nonguaranteed deal, seemingly to Houston. - 42

Jason Calmes

I see people claiming the Pelicans will waive Gee to create cap space... Then why did they trade his salary into cap space? - 42

Jim Eichenhofer

Five things to know about Pelicans on Day 3 in Las Vegas (New Orleans vs. Lakers at 3:30 p.m. Central): on.nba.com/1mxo3CR

Jimmy Smith

ICYMI, today's column: @LeBron James can write his own tale of redemption by returning to the #Cavs. bit.ly/1mS4GWq

Ryan Anderson

Had a great time with #NBANation and some fans at the California State Fair in Sacramento #homesweethome instagram.com/p/qX2-zaNVtt/

Darius Miller

Total slaughter site is all the way down.. Won't even load.. Smh

Omri Casspi

600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in the last 4 days. NUMBERS DONT LIE. STOP LYING.

Jim Eichenhofer

'Wrecking ball' Patric Young dominated boards in pro debut for Pelicans, grabbing 13 rebounds in 19 mins. Story: on.nba.com/1m50L2s

Jason Calmes

And to clarify, the Pelicans are adding contracts, then adding more salary in trade. It's the Rockets clearing room, shaving salary.

Jason Calmes

To sum up, if Asik deal goes down using 3 smaller nonguaranteeds using TPE (not cap space), then the Pelicans will have no cap space after.

Darius Miller

How do I watch total slaughter on my computer when it starts????

John Reid

Anthony Morrow's agent.'We met with Dell first during the opening day of free agency and he certainly wanted him, but he had limitations.''

John Reid

Anthony Morrow's agent Wallace Prather: ''They (Pelicans) were very much so on the list.No question about it.''

Jason Calmes

All of this appears to preserve the cap hold for Roberts, give the Pelicans the Full Bird Exception to use for signing, signing-trading.- 42

Jason Calmes

Cap Room page at Salary Central, sadly, updated to reflect the removal of Morrow and his extremely utile name.

Jason Calmes

Mason has been pointing to Hopson as a good piece for this purpose, and now he seems to be within reach - 42

Jason Calmes

Fully aggregated, Ely+Gee+Hopson will complete Asik deal while leaving other players on roster, including Babbitt and Ajinca. - 42

Jason Calmes

Miller's hold helps very little since he is like a min contract guy. - 42

Jason Calmes

Charlotte appears to just be waiving him, so why not get him here for something of no salary cap value. Just need to remove Miller hold. -42

Jason Calmes

Hopson, his unguaranteed $1,450,878 contract fit the bill for the at least $1,199,622 needed to add to Ely+Gee to complete Asik Deal. - 42

John Reid

Anthony Morrow's agent confirms three-year deal to join Oklahoma City Thunder s.nola.com/I8AwLcS via @nolanews

Jason Calmes

Third year was likely the reason Morrow chose the Thunder. You can only give up to two years with the Room Exception

Jason Calmes

Room exception maxes out at two years and $5.6 million. Hard to take that when you have 3/10 on the table. -MM

John Reid

Anthony Morrow signing with Thunder.

Jason Calmes

The OKC #Thunder have reportedly signed Anthony Morrow, ending hopes that he may return to the #Pelicans next season. All the best to A-Mo.

Jason Calmes

Gonna miss @Anthony Morrow. Good luck in OKC, Anthony!

Nakia Hogan

Per @Darnell Mayberry Anthony Morrow is joining the Thunder. OKC is getting one hell of a shooter.

Jim Eichenhofer

Five things to know about Pelicans on Day 2 in Las Vegas (NOLA will practice this evening, play Lakers tomorrow): on.nba.com/1otOaXS

Jason Calmes

Gee can be traded with Ely (as soon as he can be traded) in aggregate since Gee was traded into space. Another $1,119,622 would be handy.

Jason Calmes

The Pelicans are starting off the season under the cap again, trying to make the most of cap space.

Jason Calmes

Our Salary Central is updated to reflect the Gee trade, along with the renouncing of rights so far.

Jim Eichenhofer

A grinning Russ Smith's close to his postgame interview with NBA TV late last night: "Great opening."

John Reid

Saints-Pelicans owner Tom Benson turns 87 today.

Jason Calmes

Tom Benson is 87 today. Happy birthday to Mr. Benson!

Jim Eichenhofer

How's this for a stat line in Russ Smith's pro debut? 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 5 fouls, 6 turnovers (and 1 win)

Jim Eichenhofer

Russ Smith's big 2nd half (16 of team-best 20 pts) helps Pelicans pull off late 17-point comeback, 83-81 win. Story: on.nba.com/1y6TtUe

Jason Calmes

Feature: LeBron’s move to Cleveland allows Dell Demps to get creative with Asik trade bit.ly/1jlG4UU #Pelicans #fb