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Pelicans Waive Josh Smith

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The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Josh Smith, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Smith, 32, spent only 2 weeks with the team playing in only 3 games and logging only 12 minutes of action.

Smith is now a free agent but may not be out of work for very long as there was interest from the Houston Rockets prior to Smith landing with the Pelicans.

 

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Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans have waived veteran center Emeka Okafor in a move that will allow the team to avoid paying a $100K partial guarantee that would have kicked in on September 21st, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Okafor, who made a surprise return to the NBA late last season after retiring due to health problems back in 2013, put in 4.4 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game over 26 games for New Orleans last season, including 19 starts.

Okafor plans to continue his career.

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Pelicans’ Sign Darius Morris to Two-Year, Partially Guaranteed Contract

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The New Orleans Pelicans have signed point guard Darius Morris to a two-year, partially-guaranteed deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Morris, 27, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft, and has spent time with the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Clippers during his career.

Morris has also played in the G-League.

 

 

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Pelicans Not Talking About Moving Anthony Davis

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The New Orleans Pelicans have no plans to move superstar Anthony Davis, and are taking a patient approach to see how happy Davis remains with the franchise.

During an appearance on Jeff Goodman’s ‘The Good N’ Plenty Podcast‘, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix spoke, at length, about Davis’ situation with the Pelicans.

“What everyone around the league is zeroing in on [is to see what Anthony Davis does]. They are waiting for the first time that Anthony Davis grumbles a little bit. They’re waiting to see either private or public consternation from Anthony Davis,”

“That’s the first domino to fall: once he starts griping a little bit about what’s going on there, and why they can’t put their type of team around him, that’s when you start to panic in New Orleans.”

“When I talk to people down in New Orleans – and look, they’re now fully entrenched there, I believe both the coaches and GM got extensions somewhat recently – they’re not talking about moving Anthony Davis, they’re not entertaining anything seriously about moving Anthony Davis. That could change, and probably will change once, and if, Davis starts grumbling publicly or privately about where they’re at.”

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