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2016 Schedule
30-52, 5th in Southwest
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Pels, Gee smart to return to each other

Swingman Alonzo Gee opted out of what would have been a minimum contract for 2016-17 with the Pelicans and apparently signed with, well, the Pelicans for the same amount. Kevin Pelton writes that good sense prevailed for both parties. Rating latest NBA deals (Insider)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

In their third and final press release of the day, the Pelicans announced the signing of Terrence Jones, re-signing of Tim Frazier. "We're thrilled to welcome Terrence Jones to the Pelicans' family," general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. "Terrence is a versatile player that possesses a diverse skill set that can help us win games. He will be a great addition to our program. "We were really impressed with how well Tim performed last season. He stepped into our rotation late in the season and immediately made a positive impact. Tim is a player our coaches want to coach, and our players want to play with him. We are happy to have him back."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans announced the signing of Buddy Hield, the sixth overall pick in this year's draft. "We could not be more excited to add a player and person like Buddy Hield to the New Orleans Pelicans," general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. "He embodies all the traits we care about in our organization. His work ethic, energy and confidence have been on full display since he stepped foot in New Orleans. We look forward to helping him grow as a player as he will help us become a better team."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The New Orleans Pelicans announced the re-signing of Alonzo Gee and the signing of second-rounder Cheick Diallo. Gee signed a one-year deal and Diallo a three-year deal, per reports. "Alonzo is someone that comes to work every day and gives you all that he has every time he steps on the floor," general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. "He's a tough, competitive basketball player that can defend multiple positions. We're really happy to welcome him back to the Pelicans. "We targeted Cheick early in the draft process and believe he will become a good NBA player. Cheick is a self-driven, relentless worker that is determined to succeed. He showed us flashes in Summer League and we feel like he will develop into a player that will impact winning."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, has also since signed an executive order protecting state employees and contractors against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, saying "discrimination is not a Louisiana value."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

As the NBA pulls the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of HB2, it's worth noting that Louisiana was one of 11 states to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration in May over a new federal guidance allowing transgender students of U.S. schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. New Orleans has emerged as a front-runner to host the event, according to The Vertical.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-rounder Cheick Diallo joins the growing list of Pelicans offseason additions to make it official on Thursday. Diallo, 19, tweeted out a photo showing him signing his first NBA contract -- a three-year deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein -- with the following caption: "It's official, I am a @PelicansNBA . What an amazing feeling! Let's get ready to #TakeFlight! #Pelicans #AirMali."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the NBA's decision about the 2017 All-Star game: "The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The New Orleans Pelicans officially announced the free-agent signings of Solomon Hill, E'Twaun Moore and Langston Galloway. "Today is an exciting day for the Pelicans," general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. "We entered the free agency period determined to add high character, talented, defensive-minded, gritty yet smart players that compete and play hard. We are headed in the right direction with the signings of Langston Galloway, Solomon Hill and E'Twaun Moore. "These guys are two-way players that have been on our radar for quite some time. We wanted to stick with the theme of adding young veterans that can enhance our program while growing with our team. We are thrilled to welcome Langston, Solomon, E'Twaun and their families to the Pelicans' family." Reported deals for Terrence Jones, Tim Frazier, Alonzo Gee and second-rounder Cheick Diallo, as well as for first-round pick Buddy Hield, were not announced.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alonzo Gee will return to the New Orleans Pelicans, his agency, Priority Sports, announced on Thursday. Gee is expected to sign a one-year deal, as first reported by The Vertical. Before free agency began, the 29-year-old defensive specialist exercised his player option for the 2016-17 season worth $1,379,400.

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Cheick Diallo agrees to 3-year deal

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms with second-round pick Cheick Diallo on a three-year deal according to ESPN's Marc Stein citing league sources. Diallo was the No. 33 overall pick out of Kansas. Stein

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Good to see Monty Williams back coaching at USA practice.

Top prospects shine at NBA Summer League (1:33)
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8dJustin Verrier

Pelicans: Evans won't be ready to start season

Tyreke Evans of the Pelicans is not expected to be available at the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season after having three right knee procedures in the span of nine months.

Hield struggles again in loss (0:44)
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9dJustin Verrier

Buddy Hield is ready to get to work

Buddy Hield's pro debut at the Las Vegas Summer League didn't go as well as hoped for the New Orleans Pelicans guard. But the former Oklahoma star has put in too much work to get discouraged.

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New Orleans Pelicans: Summer league results

The Pelicans ended Las Vegas summer league play with a 88-76 loss to the D-League Select Team. New Orleans finished summer league with a 1-4 record.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Hield finishes with 11 points (5-for-18, 1-for-7 from 3), 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 turnover in his Las Vegas Summer League finale. All told, Hield, the No. 6 overall pick, shot 32.7 percent from the field over five games, with 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans summer-leaguer Anthony "Cat" Barber (concussion) is out for today's finale against the D-League Select.

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10dMarc Stein

T. Jones to join Davis in New Orleans, sources say

Terrence Jones' decision to sign with the Pelicans was partly made because it gives him the chance to reunite with former college teammate Anthony Davis, sources said.

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.713th
Rebounds Per Game42.622nd
Assists Per Game22.217th
Points Allowed106.526th

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