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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Talks Playoffs, Trade Rumors

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New Orleans Pelicans’ big man and franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis is intent on making the playoffs but is also addressing the oft-mentioned trade rumors linking him to the Boston Celtics.

Davis spoke about his goal of making the playoffs, touching on his own inexperience at playing in the NBA tournament.

“I hear it all the time: ‘Anthony is a good player, but he hasn’t won anything” Davis said in an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“He’s not a winner. He hasn’t been to the playoffs in two years.’ It bothers me. You know you’re doing everything in your power to try and win. Playing through injuries, playing a ton of minutes, diving on the floor, but you just can’t come up with enough wins to go to the playoffs.

And it isn’t enough just going to the playoffs. You want to make noise. You want to be a threat. People judge you. For DeMarcus and me, this is the time. The time is now.”

Davis mentioned how he wants to see the Pelicans build a strong roster so that they can see continued success.

“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland. Boston. They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.”

Anthony also spoke about the aforementioned trade rumors.

“[GM Dell Demps] told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. DeMarcus told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah [Thomas] took his team to Eastern Conference Finals, and they traded him.

“It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I’ve been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we’re moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, [Rajon] Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win. It’s not about the money. It’s not about having fans. The most important thing to me: Winning. That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.”

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Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor to Undergo X-Ray on Ankle Injury

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New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will undergo an X-ray on the ankle he injured during Sunday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bulls that forced the veteran to leave the United Center with crutches, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Okafor signed with New Orleans during the offseason, inking a two-year deal with only $500,000 guaranteed, and is likely to fit into a reserve role behind starters Anthony Davis and new addition Julius Randle.

 

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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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