New Orleans Pelicans Rumors
Giannis Antetokounmpo: (Anthony Davis) was trying to post me and I was using all of my strength, I didn’t let him. He turns around, shoots off balance and scores. As we were running side-by-side, he says to me: You can’t guard me young fella! As we were running together towards the Bucks’ offense, I process it and think about it. Dude, what are you talking about? You’re only a year older than me! In the next possession he was defending me and I scored that shot where I faked and I let the ball in with the left hand.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the team has waived point guard Toney Douglas. Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in 12 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Originally signed by the Pelicans on February 4, Douglas was waived on February 19 before subsequently re-signing with the team for the remainder of the season on March 24.
At this point, the Pelicans’ qualifying could end up as the most money Cole may be offered on the open market in free agency. Although the Philadelphis 76ers have been one of the teams that have expressed interest, according to sources, the Pelicans can also match any offer Cole receives.
”As far as Norris, I haven’t really talked to him,” Davis said. ”I’m kind of out of that situation, I’ll let Dell (Demps) and Coach (Alvin) Gentry do what they do.I know they are going to make the right decision. But we definitely hope he can come back. ”We would definitely love to him back with no question. We know that they are doing their best to bring everybody back. He’s one of those guys they want to bring back.”
In five seasons, Williams had a 173-221 with New Orleans and led the franchise to two playoff appearances, including his first season when he had All-Stars Chris Paul and David West. ”Monty was my first coach, so we kind of have that connection,” Davis said. ”It was tough because we went through a lot together from my rookie year, the second year and going to the World Cup and winning a gold medal. He helped me through a lot; taught me a lot. ”But when it happened (Williams fired), he definitely called me and said don’t worry about me, I’m going to be fine and just go out there and be great.That shows what kind of guy he is. He’s never talked bad about the organization. I wish him the best.”
Norris Cole continues to receive interest from the 76ers, but it’s unclear whether they will spend enough to pry the restricted free agent from New Orleans. At this point, signing his one-year qualifying offer and playing in Alvin Gentry’s system with the Pelicans remains a viable option, a league source tells SheridanHoops. In addition, Anthony Davis wants Cole back in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent center Kendrick Perkins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Perkins, 6-10, 270, appeared in 68 games for Oklahoma City and Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, averaging a combined 3.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per contest.