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Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor Impressing with Recent Play

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The New Orleans Pelicans may be reeling from the trade demand of superstar Anthony Davis, but the play of Jahlil Okafor has to be a silver lining in a sad situation.

Pelicans’ head coach Alvin Gentry, in particular, has taken notice of Okafor’s strong play taking over the starting job during Davis’ absence.

Okafor has posted strong numbers over the past 5 games as starting center, averaging 21.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per contest during that span.

“Well he just played — he’s been really good in what we’re trying to do,” Gentry said, according to Kyle Schnitzer of the New York Post. “It’s not like we’re just taking the ball and every time throwing it to him in the post. He’s been stepping out on the floor, screening. He’s done a great job of rolling in the pocket and catching the basketball.

“He’s done a really good job at taking his time and really kind of observing what is there for him and he’s done a really good job at reading the defense so we’re not force-feeding him or anything like that. He’s just doing a good job within the confines of what we’re trying to do, offensively, and getting himself in good situations.”

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NBA Trade Deadline

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February 7th, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET is the deadline for the 2019 NBA trade deadline. Fans and analysts all have their eyes on Anthony Davis. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward, center Anthony Davis could possibly leave the Pelicans. The Los Angeles Lakers have been pushing to bring Davis to LA to join Lebron James. The New York Knicks have added themselves to be an option for the Davis trade.

According to Marc Stein article Knicks and Lakers Said to Be Top Destinations for Anthony Davis; “Anthony Davis has the Knicks on equal footing with the Los Angeles Lakers as he considers what teams he would be willing to join on a long -term deal after securing a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans”. The Knicks are an option for the Davis. 3 p.m. ET today will determine if Davis leaves or stays on New Orleans.

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Bucks Interested in Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic

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The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to boost their roster at the NBA trade deadline, and with a day to go they may have honed in on one particular player.

According to the Sporting News’ Mitch Lawrence, the Bucks are interested in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season for New Orleans.

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Suns Interested in Being 3rd Teal in Lakers, Pelicans Trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers have some help in their pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis.

Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.

The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.

It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.

Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.

According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”

This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.

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