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March 4, 2015 Updates
March 3, 2015 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived center Justin Hamilton, who was acquired on February 19 along with guard Norris Cole and forward Shawne Williams as part of a three-team trade with Phoenix. NBA.com

Some early names circulating on the front-office grapevine include Michael Malone, who was fired earlier this season in Sacramento. Malone was the lead assistant under Monty Williams in New Orleans when Connelly was there. Bryan Gates, a highly regarded assistant in New Orleans, would be an interesting candidate in the Dave Joerger mold -- having won a D-League championship and four coach-of-the-year awards in the minors before paying his dues as an NBA assistant. CBSSports.com

But given Denver's history over underpaying coaches and front-office executives, the search may veer in the direction of the up-and-coming as opposed to established names. That would favor a candidate like Bryan Gates, or Boston assistant Jay Larranaga, coach of the Irish national team, league sources say. CBSSports.com

February 28, 2015 Updates
February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

A recent story published in ESPN the Magazine listed the Pelicans as one of five teams in the NBA skeptical over the usage of analytics data to help determine personnel moves and other player-performance decisions. When Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was asked on Tuesday if those assertions were true, he disagreed. ''It is completely inaccurate to suggest that the Pelicans are skeptics and do not value analytic data,'' Demps said. ''We study and analyze the data using advanced metrics before we make any decisions. ''Just because we do not publicly broadcast how we use analytics, I do feel it is important to let the Pelicans fans know that the use of analytics is an important part of our decision-making process.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Brose Baskets Bamberg announced the signing of Darius Miller. Miller has played 5 games with the Pelicans this season averaging 0.4 points. Sportando

Relative to most teams in the "skeptics" tier, the Pelicans have invested heavily in analytics. Director of basketball operations Shane Kupperman manages the department, which added former Houston Rockets intern Somak Sarkar last season and also has made use of outside consultants. Still, it's challenging to find examples of how analytics have penetrated New Orleans' decision-making, and sources confirm that GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams are not engaged in incorporating advanced stats. ESPN.com

February 22, 2015 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived forward Shawne Williams, who was acquired Feb. 19 from the Miami Heat along with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton as part of a three-team trade. Williams, 6 feet 9, 230 pounds, appeared in 44 games (22 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game. NBA.com

February 20, 2015 Updates

There are several names the Griz might consider, including Memphis native Shawne Williams, who is expected to receive a buyout after being traded from Phoenix to New Orleans. Williams shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range in 44 appearances for Miami this season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

 

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