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2016 Schedule
30-52, 5th in Southwest
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Pels will beat statistical prediction

ESPN's recent Summer Forecast for the Western Conference calculated that New Orleans will finish 35-47 next season. Bradford Doolittle sees Anthony Davis playing a full season and the Pelicans resembling their playoff team of 2014-15. West's most underrated/overrated teams (Insider)

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Summer Forecast: Which rookie will rise in 2016-17?

Will top overall pick Ben Simmons coast to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, or will another star emerge in 2016-17? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projection.

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On the Pelicans' in-house podcast, team president Dennis Lauscha confirms that New Orleans is being considered as an option to host the 2017 All-Star Game.

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Can Pelicans return to playoff field?

That didn't happen in 2015-16 with Anthony Davis sidelined much of the season. ESPN's ninth annual Summer Forecast sees New Orleans improving next season but Davis' injury history again hovering over the team. Forecast: 2016-17 West standings

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Langston Galloway, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, said on a conference call with local media today that his family was thrilled when they learned he'd be playing closer to home. "They're definitely excited," he said. "When I first got a chance to tell my mom and dad and my wife's family, they all just started crying because it's a great opportunity to see me play as a professional back home. [There's] definitely excitement back home for me."

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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.

Team Stats

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

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-163052.366
2014-154537.549
2013-143448.415
2012-132755.329
2011-122145.318

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