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Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Tears Achilles, Out For Season

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The New Orleans Pelicans will have to finish the regular season without All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins who will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

“We were starting to play damn good basketball,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said in a text message to ESPN. “DeMarcus has been great.”

Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, his second triple-double in the past three games, when he went down with the non-contact injury while attempting to rebound his own missed free throw in the win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

“I feel horrible for him,” Gentry said of the injury “Everything that he’s done, and what he’s tried to do for us this year and what he’s made himself and the improvements in all areas that he’s made on and off the court, has just been great. I don’t want that to happen to a guy that’s trying to better himself.”

The Pelicans have won seven of their past eight game and propelled themselves to the 6th seed in the Western Conference, showing that the team was finally start to gel as unit.

“We were just getting it,” Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said. “We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part. We’ve just got to keep going. We’ve got to keep going and keep finding a way to win.”

Cousins is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“Just unfortunate, really,” Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said. “I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove.

“The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”

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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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