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Pelicans sign Melvin Ely, waive Greg Stiemsma

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.

Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.

Stiemsma appeared in 55 games (20 starts) this season for the Pelicans and averaged 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 18.3 minutes per game. The three-year veteran holds career averages of 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game.

Ely will wear No. 4 and will be available for tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pelicans sign forward James Southerland

Pelicans sign forward James Southerland

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward James Southerland for the remainder of the season.

Southerland (6-8, 221) joins the Pelicans after playing for the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2013-14. The Syracuse product appeared in 42 games (14 starts) with the D-Fenders this season and averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.

Prior to his release, the 6-8 small forward appeared in one game earlier this season with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Southerland will wear No. 31 and will be available for tonight’s contest against Oklahoma City.

Ryan Anderson will not return to play this season for Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Ryan Anderson will miss the remainder of the season due to a herniated cervical disc. Anderson was injured on January 3, 2014 in a game against the Boston Celtics.

After consulting with a team of physicians, it has been determined that surgery will provide Anderson the best opportunity to have a full recovery. Anderson will undergo surgery on April 8, 2014.

In 22 games this season, Anderson averaged 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 36.1 minutes per game. The sixth-year veteran holds career averages of 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 357 games.

A glance at Pelicans free agency

Here’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune with some free agency insight from Pelicans general manager Dell Demps:

Demps said in free agency this upcoming summer, they are not likely to pursue a maximum-money free agent like they did last year when they offered a four-year, $44 million contract to swingman Tyreke Evans before acquiring him in a sign-and-trade deal from the Sacramento Kings.

”Last year was our opportunity to go on the free-agent market,’’ Demps said. “We’re very far under the luxury tax and we’ll still have opportunities to use money to add players to our group. But we’re currently not going to be a cap team; we’re not going to be able to go get a max free agent.And so our plan is to continuously add pieces to our group to make our team the best possible team we can be.’’

On Sunday the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Boston Celtics 121-120 in overtime. Pelicans star Anthony Davis had an amazing 40 points and 21 rebounds in the win. Here are some video highlights of Davis’ performance:

Here’s New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who is getting better by the minute:

Anthony Davis on Sunday had 32 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in the New Orleans Pelicans overtime win vs the Denver Nuggets. Here are some Davis video highlights:

OJ Mayo suspended for striking Greg Stiemsma

Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended one game without pay for forcibly striking New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Mayo was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected occurred with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter of Milwaukee’s 112-104 loss to the Pelicans on Friday, March 7, at Smoothie King Center.

Mayo will serve his suspension tonight when the Bucks host the Washington Wizards at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

To view the play, click on this link.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday out for season

Already facing a tough season with some key injuries, the 23-34 New Orleans Pelicans just lost a key piece to their puzzle.

The Pelicans announced today that guard Jrue Holiday underwent a successful surgery to correct a stress fracture in his right tibia. He will miss the remainder of the season.

In 34 games played for the Pelicans this season, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 33.6 minutes. He last appeared for New Orleans on January 8th, 2014 and has missed the ensuing 23 games.

Here’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune reporting on the Pelicans, who have some players that could be on the move. But for now, there’s no reason to expect anything. Maybe. Anyway, here’s the report:

eric gordon

With Thursday’s trade deadline approaching, speculation persists about the New Orleans Pelicans’ front office listening to offers for Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans.

But Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Monday’s practice that he expects for both players to still be with the team after the trade deadline passes.

”I don’t know where all that stuff comes from man,’’ Williams said. ”It’s silly to me to put guys names out there like that. I don’t know how to answer that.

”I’m focused on tomorrow’s practice. As far as I know, those guys are going to be here. All the trade stuff, I guess there is nothing else to talk about. It’s not something we put a lot of stock into as coaches.’’

Pelicans center Jason Smith out for season after knee surgery

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that center Jason Smith had successful surgery on Wednesday, January 29 to remove a loose piece of articular cartilage in the non-weight bearing area of his right knee. Smith will miss the remainder of the season, but is expected to make a full recovery,

In 31 games this season, Smith averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. The Colorado State product has appeared in 331 contests in six NBA seasons, averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game.

Here’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune reporting on the Pelicans, who enjoyed a big performance from Tyreke Evans yesterday:

Tyreke Evans puts up huge game for Pelicans

After sitting out of Friday’s win at Detroit with flu-like symptoms, New Orleans Pelicans reserve swingman Tyreke Evans didn’t appear to be ailing Sunday night.

Evans returned to action, scoring a team-high 23 points in the Pelicans’ 100-92 victory against the Orlando Magic at the New Orleans Arena.

“I’m feeling much better,” Evans said. “I had a lot of confidence tonight, and it really helped me out.”

Before Sunday’s game, Evans was put through a rigorous workout by the Pelicans’ coaches in an effort to build up Evans’ stamina. Evans obviously made it through the session and the game just fine.

Playing 28 minutes, Evans also had seven rebounds and seven assists to go along with his point total on 7-of-13 shooting. He also made 9-of-11 free throws.

Here’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune with the hottest NBA mascot news of the season. And that’s saying a lot, because we know that you all love your mascot updates:

The New Orleans Pelicans are giving their much-maligned mascot, Pierre the Pelican, a makeover.

The mascot has come under heavy scrutiny and been the butt of jokes since his debut in the season opener Oct. 30 vs. the Indiana Pacers. Pierre’s appearance has drawn national attention, for all the wrong reasons. He’s been panned as a poor man’s knock-off of the famed San Diego Chicken and ridiculed for not looking like, well, a pelican.

A league source said there will be a redesign of Pierre’s head.

Pelicans waive guard Tyshawn Taylor

Pelicans waive guard Tyshawn Taylor

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Tyshawn Taylor, it was announced today by General Manager Dell Demps.

Taylor, a second round pick by the Nets in the 2012 NBA Draft, holds career averages of 2.9 points, 0.9 assists and 0.4 steals in 61 career contests.

The Pelicans roster stands at 14.

Pelicans center Jason Smith out with knee injury

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that center Jason Smith will be out indefinitely with a right knee injury. An MRI revealed Smith suffered cartilage damage in his right knee. More details will be released as they become available.

In 31 games (27 starts) this season, Smith is averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. The 7’0” center holds career averages of 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 331 games.

Jrue Holiday injured, suffers stress fracture in leg

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Jrue Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia. He is out indefinitely. This is a big blow to the Pelicans, who have a 15-19 record going into Friday’s games.

In 34 games this season, Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game. The 6’4” guard holds career averages of 13.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 332 games.

According to the new Orleans Times-Picayune, “it is unclear exactly when Holiday was injured. But he didn’t play in the fourth quarter of the team’s 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards. In that game, Holiday turned in one of his worst performances of the season, shooting 3-for-11 from the field for eight points. He also had three assists, three rebounds and three steals. Holiday wasn’t available for comment following the Pelicans’ shootaround Friday morning, leading up to their game against the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena. But forward/center Jason Smith said the team will have to continue to battle while it is shorthanded.”

According to the Associated Press, “In 34 games this season, the 6-foot-4 Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds. His injury comes while New Orleans struggles to overcome the absence of leading scorer Ryan Anderson, who has been out indefinitely with a herniated disk since last weekend.”

Pelicans foward Ryan Anderson diagnosed with herniated disc

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Ryan Anderson has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.

Anderson suffered the injury following a collision with Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the fourth quarter of the January 3 game at Boston. The 6’10” forward is out indefinitely.

In 22 games this season, Anderson is averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36.1 minutes per game. The sixth-year veteran holds career averages of 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 356 games.

Here’s the Philadelphia Inquirer on New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday:

Jrue Holiday feeling at home in New Orleans

Holiday hasn’t missed a game for the Pelicans, who improved to 14-15 with the win and remain on the fringe of playoff contention in the loaded Western Conference. During the first 29 games he averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 34.3 minutes.

“He has the ability to be one of the very few two-way players who plays a lot of minutes,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said of Holiday.

Williams added that it’s rare that a player who goes so hard at both ends of the court will play more than 25 minutes.

“Jrue does it 35-40 minutes a night and he is about as tough as they come,” Williams said.

New Orleans Pelicans waive Lou Amundson

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived forward Lou Amundson.

Amundson appeared in 18 games for the Pelicans this season and averaged 2.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.2 minutes per game. The 6’9” forward has appeared in 345 games over the course of eight years in the NBA and holds career averages of 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 12.7 minutes per game.

The Pelicans roster now stands at 14 players.

Pelicans sign center Alexis Ajinca

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed center Alexis Ajinca. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Ajinca, who was originally drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round (20th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, joins the Pelicans after playing the previous two seasons for Strasbourg (France) in the Euroleague.

Entering his fourth season in the NBA, Ajinca (7-2, 248) has appeared in 71 games (six starts) and holds career averages of 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.4 blocks in 7.8 minutes per game over the course of three seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats (2008-10), Dallas Mavericks (2010-11) and Toronto Raptors (2010-11).

Ajinca will wear No. 12 and will be available for tomorrow night’s contest at Portland.

The Pelicans roster now stands at 15.

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