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Pelicans beat Lakers 90-73, for their second consecutive victory in summer league.
Pelicans win 90-73. NOLA (2-0) never trailed during a dominant victory over Lakers. Eleven different Pelicans players scored
Russ Smith 4th qtr highlights: a soaring fast-break dunk and a crafty Rajon Rondo-like lefty layup under the rim
Pels rookie Russ Smith has scored just four points, but he's dished eight assists.
Courtney Fells checks out of the action with game-best 25 points. Pelicans hold 86-67 edge on Lakers with 2:22 left
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
As Fish also just pointed out, the Ariza signing turned into a sign-and-trade. Granted, no adjustments were needed. It happens. - 42
DeQuan Jones had made all five shot attempts and has 14 points off the bench for Pelicans.
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
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
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
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
Pelicans' rookie Russ Smith has missed eight of nine shots and has two points with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Thanks to Fish for quickly pointing out this needed clarification. Also, it could just be coordinated moves, or nothing here. - 42
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
Pelicans center Jeff Withey has 10 pts and 5 rebounds after 20 minutes.
This does not guarantee that a sign and trade is looming, but the structure of the deal does not rule it out. - 42
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
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
Rookie PF Patric Young playing like he belongs on the regular season roster.Amazed this guy wasn't drafted.
Josh Howard had a quiet first half for Pelicans with two pts and a rebounds in six minutes.
Pelicans leading Lakers 51-36 at halftime in Vegas.
Pelicans go into halftime with 51-36 lead over Lakers. Patric Young headed for double-double territory again with 8 pts, 5 reb
Pelicans center Jeff Withey has to be a little more physical - just got his two-handed dunk attempt blocked.
The possibility that Hopson is not coming, of course, remains. Logically, it makes sense to send him here, however. - 42
The Evans free agent agreement became a sign-and-trade, for example. Hopson could also come here in a separate coorindated deal. - 42
This signing could easily become a sign-and-trade for Roberts with Hopson coming back, maybe more each way. - 42
Rookie PF Patric Young having another solid performance - 8 pts, 5 rebounds.
Roberts to Charlotte seems to have tied to Hinrich making a choice, plus maybe Roberts' negotiations. But now it is moving along. - 42
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
Pelicans not having a problem making shots, especially Courtney Fells, who already has 16 pts in second quarter.
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
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
Courtney Fells led the Pelicans with 11 points in the first quarter against Lakers. Russ Smith went scoreless, taking only one shot
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
Lottery pick Julius Randle is playing his first game in a Lakers uniform. Arinze Onuaku and DeQuan Jones debuting today for summer Pelicans
Pelicans' Courtney Fells playing well today, hitting two 3-pointers. New Orleans out to 20-11 lead against Lakers 1Q
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
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
Forward Patric Young, who had a double double Friday, is in starting lineup today for Pelicans.
Pelicans off to a better start than Friday summer league opener, leading Lakers 5-0.
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
Florida product Patric Young moves into Pelicans' starting lineup for Game 2, after an 11-point, 13-rebound performance Friday (in 19 mins)
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
Pelicans lose another player - PG Brian Roberts agreeing to two-year deal to join Charlotte Hornets.
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
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
People seem very worried about the timing of Asik deal with respect to Houston needing to match Parsons' offer sheet or not. - 42
Babbitt and Withey were examples of smaller (mostly) nonguaranteed deals. I'm not saying they are being traded, are unwanted.- 42
Trading Gee into space removed some better exceptions, but may in fact keep under contract players on the team. Choices. - 42
The idea of trading a guy into space to create the space you already had... That seems ... Inefficient. Should be going TPE route. - 42
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
Or they grab another nonguaranteed deal from another team. Some such players were waived recently, and Dell could have gotten them. - 42
So the Pels send 2 smaller contracts (Babbitt and Withey), one larger guaranteed (e.g. Rivers now that Lin is gone). - 42
Ely's deal is the next largest expiring, so include him. No other single expiring on the team works in the Asik deal. - 42
They could have just kept the space. Therefore, they must be planning on trading his nonguaranteed deal, seemingly to Houston. - 42
I see people claiming the Pelicans will waive Gee to create cap space... Then why did they trade his salary into cap space? - 42
Total slaughter site is all the way down.. Won't even load.. Smh
600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in the last 4 days. NUMBERS DONT LIE. STOP LYING.
And to clarify, the Pelicans are adding contracts, then adding more salary in trade. It's the Rockets clearing room, shaving salary.
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.
How do I watch total slaughter on my computer when it starts????
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.''
Anthony Morrow's agent Wallace Prather: ''They (Pelicans) were very much so on the list.No question about it.''
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
Cap Room page at Salary Central, sadly, updated to reflect the removal of Morrow and his extremely utile name.
Mason has been pointing to Hopson as a good piece for this purpose, and now he seems to be within reach - 42
Fully aggregated, Ely+Gee+Hopson will complete Asik deal while leaving other players on roster, including Babbitt and Ajinca. - 42
Miller's hold helps very little since he is like a min contract guy. - 42
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
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
Third year was likely the reason Morrow chose the Thunder. You can only give up to two years with the Room Exception
Room exception maxes out at two years and $5.6 million. Hard to take that when you have 3/10 on the table. -MM
Anthony Morrow signing with Thunder.
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.
The Pelicans are starting off the season under the cap again, trying to make the most of cap space.
Our Salary Central is updated to reflect the Gee trade, along with the renouncing of rights so far.
A grinning Russ Smith's close to his postgame interview with NBA TV late last night: "Great opening."
Saints-Pelicans owner Tom Benson turns 87 today.
Tom Benson is 87 today. Happy birthday to Mr. Benson!
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)