New Orleans Pelicans Rumors
Andrew Lopez: Isaiah Thomas’ 10-day contract with the Pelicans has expired and the team will not look to bring him back right away, source tells ESPN. Pels could bring him back down the road, though. (1/3)
Andrew Lopez: They have 2 weeks before needing to sign another player – on either a 10-day or rest of the year. Because of luxury tax reasons, Pelicans could wait the full 2 weeks before adding someone. (2/3)
Andrew Lopez: The Pels loved Thomas’ veteran presence and the way he communicated with younger guys while he was with the team. But new injuries to Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (high ankle sprain) will factor into who gets brought in for next deal. (3/3)
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle recently said that “watching him is like a breathtaking experience” — as if Shaquille O’Neal had point-guard skills. “It’s probably a good word to describe him — unique,” said Tom Thibodeau said in advance of the Pelicans matchup, “It’s unusual because it’s power and speed. And usually when you have the power, you don’t have the speed or if you have the speed, you don’t have the power and he has both. Very skilled, puts a lot of pressure on you, dynamic play-maker.”
Keith Smith: Isaiah Thomas’ 10 Day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans expired today. The Pelicans can sign Thomas to to a second 10 Day.
Urbas Fuenlabrada is close to finalizing an agreement with Cheick Diallo, Chema de Lucas reports. The former Kansas big man played 6 games for Avtodor Saratov this season, with averages of 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Diallo played 180 NBA games in the previous 4 seasons with New Orleans and Phoenix.
While the New Orleans Pelicans are battling for their playoff lives, sitting fifth among the six teams battling for the Western Conference play-in spots, in one very important long-term sense, they can already consider this season a success. We’ve written in the past about the absurdity of Zion Williamson’s ability to get to the basket at a rate nearly 50 percent higher than anyone in recent league history, but for a graphical refresher… To put the size of the gap between Williamson (20.1 FGA/100 from 5 feet and in) and Montrezl Harrell (second at 14.1/100) in perspective, among the 382 players with at least 1,000 such attempts since 2004-05, the difference between first and second is as large as the space between Harrell in second and Andrew Wiggins in 142nd!