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Nakia Hogan: Eric Gordon said surgery is a last resort. He has talked to Kobe and Carmelo about dealing with injury and playing through the pain. Twitter @nakiahogan

One month ago, Sports Illustrated published a long feature on Anderson and the suicide of his girlfriend, Gia Allemand, who starred in “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad.” She killed herself after a fight with Anderson one month before training camp opened last season. Smith was a central part of the story, rushing to Anderson’s house that night to console him and being part of his recovery from the tragedy. Smith was depicted as his best friend on the Pelicans. New York Post

Anderson, a power forward, has become an advocate for suicide awareness. “I still have not read [the article],’’ Smith said before the Knicks’ 104-93 loss to the Pelicans Tuesday night. “It’s still very fresh in my mind. I told him that [Monday] night. He was surprised. Some day down the line I’ll read it. But I’m glad they did very good job of writing it from what I heard. Ryan was very happy about it. I think it helped him in the process of getting closure.’’ New York Post

December 9, 2014 Updates
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Fredette had a DNP-coach's decision against the Clippers and garbage minutes in the final 80 seconds of Sunday night's 104-87 win over the Lakers. Had Fredette, who played well during the exhibition season, both on and off the ball, lived up to his reputation as a scorer, his future in New Orleans might be more secure. And there are those in the Fredette fan club (their global number is legion) who will say he hasn't gotten sufficient opportunity having played in only 11 games. But 8 of 32 from the field, 1 of 8 from the 3-point line, seals his fate. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 6, 2014 Updates

The Pelicans signed Mekel to a two-year, non-guaranteed contract on Friday.He participated in his first shootaround with the team on Saturday morning at USC's Galen Center and will be available to play against the Los Angeles Clippers. ''Potentially he has the ability to be a true point guard,'' Williams said Saturday. ''I've done some research on him; talked to his former coach. Everything comes back in that regard that he's more of a facilitator than a scorer. ''I like that he can pass. He puts his passes on the button. He's a big guard. I like the way he ran Dallas team in the preseason and maybe he's grown up as a player. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 5, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Gal Mekel. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mekel, 6-3, 191, appeared in 31 games (one start) last season with the Dallas Mavericks, posting averages of 2.4 points and 2.0 assists. Mekel appeared in all eight of Dallas’ 2014 preseason games (two starts), averaging 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. NBA.com

The Pelicans assigned rookie point guard Russ Smith to the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants of the NBA Development League to gain more playing time, the franchise announced Friday. Smith has played in just three of the Pelicans’ first 17 games and averaged 3.7 minutes and 0.0 points. He didn’t get off the bench in Thursday night’s 112-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 4, 2014 Updates

Despite not being on an NBA roster, the 27-year-old stayed ready by working out and playing basketball in Pennsylvania and at Nike’s campus in Portland, where he played two seasons for the Trail Blazers. Cunningham was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday morning and will be available to play in tonight’s game at Golden State (9:30 p.m., TNT). “It’s a great opportunity to get here, sign and be part of this great organization,” Cunningham said at Pelicans shootaround this morning. “It’s been a rough couple months, but at this time, it’s definitely behind me. I’ve learned, I’ve grown and I’m a stronger person for it. Being back where I love to be (playing basketball), it’s definitely a weight off of my shoulders. … My name is cleared. I’m now just trying to rebrand it and make sure it’s ‘Dante Cunningham’ once again.” NBA.com

New Orleans (8-8) used one of its two open roster spots to sign Cunningham, who worked extensively with Pelicans Coach Monty Williams when both were in Portland during Cunningham’s rookie year of 2009-10. That relationship was one reason the Villanova product was enthusiastic about signing with New Orleans. “It’s a blessing,” Cunningham said. “Coming from Portland my rookie year, he was a coach I looked up to. He taught me the ropes, taught me how to be a professional. Taught me what you need to do to be successful in this league. Clearly, he has the formula. Coming out of the situation I was in, I couldn’t ask for a better situation than this right here.” NBA.com

 

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