New Orleans Rumors
Spurs reserve Kyle Anderson has been named MVP of the 2015 NBA Summer League after averaging 22 points over six games in Las Vegas, and 19.3 in nine games overall. Following his lead, the Spurs are 5-1 in Las Vegas and will play Phoenix on Monday for the championship. The Spurs previously went 1-2 in the Utah Summer League. Anderson, who is also averaging 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in Las Vegas, was also named first-team All Summer League, joining Seth Curry of New Orleans, Chicago’s Doug McDermott, Norman Powell of Toronto and Phoenix’s T.J. Warren.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that at 12:01 p.m. local time in Hong Kong, China, All-Star forward Anthony Davis signed a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Words cannot describe the excitement of the New Orleans Pelicans to have Anthony Davis as the cornerstone of our organization,” said Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “Anthony is a great person, a phenomenal player and the ideal representative of his family, the Pelicans and the New Orleans community. “We are thrilled to have Anthony commit to the Pelicans as we continue to build our team to have sustained success.”
“I am very excited to continue to play for the Pelicans and remain a proud resident of the City of New Orleans,” stated Davis. “I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dell Demps, Coach Gentry, the entire Pelicans’ organization, my agent Thad Foucher, my family and, of course, all of the incredible fans for their unwavering support. I look forward to many great years together.”
The 76ers were ordered to pay the New Orleans Pelicans $3 million by the NBA last season for not fully disclosing Jrue Holiday’s injury history before he was traded two years ago, according to two sources. The Sixers traded Holiday, an all-star point guard, to the Pelicans on the night of the 2013 NBA draft for the rights to Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick that year.
Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie declined to comment, but a Sixers team source disputed the allegation. “That’s not true,” the Sixers source said. According to the other two sources, the Sixers are now trying to receive a payment from the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly misinforming them about Andrew Bynum. Bynum came to the Sixers from Los Angeles in a four-team deal in August 2012. But the 7-foot center never played for the team due to chronically injured knees.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon has exercised the one-year player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season. Gordon, 6-3, 215, appeared in 61 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 13.4 points while shooting a career-high .448 from three-point range, and helped New Orleans reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season. In four seasons in New Orleans, Gordon has averaged 15.4 points while shooting .392 from three-point range, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
“The second I walked in to watch Chris Paul play, there was no doubt in my mind he was ridiculously special,” Ainge says. “I saw him play at Duke, as a freshman for Wake Forest, and he did not have a good game. It was just his talent level — athletic, smart, tough, physical. He was just confident in what he was doing, in spite of the fact that he wasn’t making shots and everything else. There was just something about him, that he put a smile on my face as I watched them play.” In 2005, Ainge tried to trade Pierce to Portland for the No. 3 pick in order to draft Paul. The trade fell apart and Paul went No. 4 to New Orleans, behind Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams. “Chris Paul was clearly the No. 1 pick in the draft that year, in my mind,” says Ainge. “I was very confident in spite of my own staff, in spite of my own coaches and my own people not sharing that opinion.”