New Orleans Rumors

76ers ordered to pay Pelicans $3 million

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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.
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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.”
“If you’re living and you’re not doing things for other people, then you’re wasting your time. You’re wasting your life,” West said. “‘Keep myself in reality,’ is what I like to call it. I think a lot of times in the NBA, you can get caught in this lifestyle and what the NBA has to offer. It’s an ego-driven, self-driven, I, me deal and we all have to have some of that in order to get here, but … you can’t let that consume you and become a part of who you are.
“With all the money and the fame and the acclaim and the advancement that we claimed we made, we really (have) not made any big steps because Katrina was the biggest smack for me,” West said. “It just illustrated how dependent we are as people on other people. The majority of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina were African-American people, and with all the celebrity that we have, all the money that we have, all of this fame and fortune, we’re so disbanded that when our people are literally on TV in need of help, we got nothing to bring them. “Katrina really altered how I was going to look at (and) how I was going to approach this NBA thing.”
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Here he was in the 21st century, and West was learning that chain gangs were still very real, filled with men who looked like himself and his Hornets teammates. When he visited local juvenile detention centers, he met boys who were charged with felonies but should’ve been in the third grade. Those who weren’t locked up might be attending parish elementary schools where the lunchroom has a dirt floor and the books in the library are 20 years out of date. “You go to certain parts of New Orleans and (if) you had a blindfold on and someone took the blindfold off, you would think you weren’t in America,” West said. “And I was having a difficult time getting paid a million or so dollars — and when I got into the NBA, I realized that I was on my own in feeling like that. “(I’m like), ‘Yo! Nobody else sees that there’s something wrong here?'”
Damian Lillard’s sixth All-Star Weekend competition was not like the five that have had him in the headlines. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard has attracted attention all over the NBA for being the first player ever to attempt all five major events (the Rising Stars Challenge, skills competition, three-point shootout, dunk contest and the All-Star Game itself), but the #4BarFriday party he hosted at the Maison club in downtown New Orleans on Friday was a contest of his own creation. All season, Lillard has been posting raps on his Instagram account with the #4BarFriday hashtag, and it’s taken on a life of its own.
The following players cannot be dealt at all this season: Alexis Ajinca — New Orleans Pelicans; D.J. Augustin — Chicago Bulls; Andrew Bogut — Golden State Warriors; Kobe Bryant — Los Angeles Lakers; Seth Curry — Memphis Grizzlies; Chris Douglas-Roberts — Charlotte Bobcats; Stephen Jackson — Los Angeles Clippers; James Johnson — Memphis Grizzlies; Kendall Marshall — Los Angeles Lakers; Malcolm Thomas — San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers’ 320-game home sellout streak ended when Staples wound up 571 spectators shy of the 18,997 capacity for the game against the New Orleans Pelicans. A Lakers game not selling out?! It hadn’t happened for seven years (Dec. 6, 2006 against the Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets). That was so long ago that the NBA was using what wound up as a temporary new microfiber composite basketball—and Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom joined Kobe Bryant in the Lakers’ starting lineup.
NBA star Ryan Anderson is going through HELL right now following the suicide of GF Gia Allemand … so says his ex-teammate Greivis Vasquez, telling our camera guy, Ryan needs his team more than ever right now. The Sacramento Kings star knows Ryan from their days on the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) — and knew Gia very well from the 2 years she and Ryan dated. Of her death he says, “It’s really tough. There are no words.” Vasquez says the toll it’s taking on Ryan (who found her body) is painful to see. He explains, “It’s just hard. I know he’s feeling guilty.” Adding, “We gotta support him. We gotta be there for him.” He goes on.
Greg Oden went through a two-hour workout Tuesday in Indianapolis in front of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, new Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro and representatives from the New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN that Oden will put his skills on display again Thursday for Atlanta Hawks officials before sitting down for his long-anticipated private meeting with the Pelicans later this week in Las Vegas.
The Jrue Holiday-for-Nerlens Noel trade will become official Friday night, according to multiple sources. The New Orleans Pelicans will have a press conference at 7:30 p.m. to introduce Holiday as their new point guard. Wednesday was the first day that NBA deals and free-agent signings could be completed. The recently married Holiday was on his honeymoon, which led to the trade being delayed until Friday.
New Orleans Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha said they are actively trying to secure a naming rights deal for the New Orleans Arena and several companies have expressed interest. Lauscha gave an update of the team’s business-related matters during an interactive conference call with season- ticket holders earlier this week. “ We have a handful of companies that have expressed interest and we’re pursuing them,’’ said Lauscha, who did not disclose the names of the companies. “We hope that we can eventually and very soon come to an agreement with one of those companies and we hope that we can have a naming rights agreement for our arena.’’