New Orleans Pelicans Rumors
New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis declined to address Dell Demps’ future with the franchise during his Saints pre-draft news conference on Wednesday. When asked if Demps will remain on as general manager, Loomis’ response was, ‘That’s not for today. This is about the Saints.’
Since the Pelicans’ ended with a disastrous 30-52 record, there has been speculation that Demps was on the hot seat and the franchise could move in a different direction. But a source said last week that Demps is “definitely coming back” for his seventh season. The Pelicans officials, however, have not said anything publicly regarding Demps’ future.
The Wizards have been looking for a veteran stretch 3-4 for a while. They tried hard to get Ryan Anderson from New Orleans before the trade deadline, but didn’t want to give up a first-round pick (they ultimately did, of course, sending their 2016 first to Phoenix for Morris — though there’s a miniscule chance Washington could keep it, depending on the Lottery results). That’s no longer an issue for Anderson, a rising unrestricted free agent. Anderson is still viable. He’ll only be 28 on opening night. He did miss 60 games two years ago because of a neck injury. But in his other seven NBA seasons, he’s averaged 66 games played.
There were a number of reports saying Paul, looking to escape the losing ways of the New Orleans Hornets, sought a trade and gave management a list of desired teams. Paul had asked to be traded to Orlando, Dallas, New York or Portland. Paul said he wasn’t aware of any impending trade request back in 2010. “You’re bringing news to me,” Paul said Sunday.
The Blazers had young players such as Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum, along with the expiring contracts of Joel Przybilla and Miller. The reported deal was Paul and forward Emeka Okafor for Miller, Przybilla, Bayless, Batum and a first-round draft pick. The Hornets reportedly stopped the deal, claiming the team owner wasn’t prepared to trade Paul. “You’ve got to talk to (Hornets general manager) Dell Demps about that,” Paul said. Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in Dec. 2011, but amid an outcry by league owners, then-commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade. He was traded to the Clippers a week later.