Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The New Orleans Pelicans trailed the Sacramento Kings by 11 points when Jose Alvarado checked in midway through the first quarter. By the time Alvarado subbed back out, the Pelicans had not only erased that deficit — they had pulled ahead by six.
Alvarado came up with two steals and two blocks in his first stint on the floor. His energy plays helped shift the momentum of Monday’s game.
The Pelicans overcame a wobbly start to defeat the Kings 127-117 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Their win in the first stage of the In-Season Tournament knockout round earned them a trip to Las Vegas. On Thursday, the Pelicans will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in the In-Season Tournament semifinals…
Ingram poured in 17 of his 30 points after halftime. Ingram also chipped in with eight rebounds and six assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the following medical updates:
CJ McCollum, who was diagnosed with a small pneumothorax in his right lung, was re-examined yesterday. Medical imaging showed positive healing. He will be re-evaluated at a later date.
Jose Alvarado, who sustained a right ankle sprain during an offseason workout, continues to make good progress in his return to play progression. Alvarado has returned to light on-court work and is expected to return to full team practice in the next 1-2 weeks.
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed forward/center Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to a two-way contract.
And in a corresponding move, the Pelicans have waived forward Kaiser Gates.
Robinson-Earl, 6-9, 230, has appeared in 92 games (56 starts) over the past two seasons with Oklahoma City, averaging 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist. The Villanova product holds career shooting averages of .427 from the floor, .344 from deep, and .781 from the foul line.
The New Orleans roster stands at 17, including three two-way players.
Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The productive and durable Valanciunas made it clear in the offseason that he is comfortable in New Orleans. But he and the team could not agree on an extension, so Valanciunas will play out the final year of his contract without knowing what’s on the other side of it.
“I’m not thinking about that at all,” he said. “I am just going to play hoop. To play basketball. It’s one year at a time. I am just going to leave everything out there.
“Where the future is going to take me, it’s a mystery. But it’s funny that way. You don’t know what can happen tomorrow. You have to enjoy today. You have to enjoy this year. You have to enjoy every game you play. You just try to be the best version of you. That’s what my approach is.”
The Pelicans won 36 games in Valanciunas’ first season here and snuck into the playoffs. In his second season, they won 42 games but were eliminated in the Western Conference play-in tournament. Valanciunas said the disappointment of the way last season ended has made him and his teammates come back motivated.
The New Orleans Pelicans yesterday waived Izaiah Brockington, Jalen Crutcher, Malcolm Hill, Trey Jemison and Tevian Jones.
Additionally, the Pelicans have been awarded the two-way contract of forward Matt Ryan off waivers.
Ryan, 6-7, has appeared in 35 career games with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga product owns career averages of 3.6 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game while shooting .371 from deep.
The New Orleans roster now stands at 17, including three two-way players.
The New Orleans Pelicans yesterday exercised a third-year option on guard Dyson Daniels and a fourth-year option on guard/forward Trey Murphy III.
Selected 8th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, Daniels has appeared in 59 games (11 starts) for New Orleans, averaging 3.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.7 minutes per contest while shooting .418 from the floor, .314 from three-point range and .650 from the line.
Murphy III, selected 17th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, has appeared in 141 games (66 starts) over two seasons for New Orleans, averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.5 minutes per contest while shooting .461 from the floor, .400 from three-point range and .900 from the line
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Izaiah Brockington.
And in a related move, New Orleans waived Landers Nolley II.
With the Birmingham Squadron, the Pelicans’ G League affiliate, Brockington, 6-4, 200, participated in two games last year. Brockington was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2021–2022 after averaging 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 steals during his senior year at Iowa State University. Brockington played in 125 games for St. Bonaventure, Penn State, and Iowa State during the course of his four-year collegiate career, averaging 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall, who hyperextended his right knee in the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks, underwent an MRI and has been diagnosed with a bone bruise.
Marshall will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Last season, Marshall averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23.3 minutes per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Jalen Crutcher.
And in a corresponding move, New Orleans has waived Liam Robbins.
Crutcher, 6-2, 175 pounds, has played in 57 games (39 starts) with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets’ G League club, during the previous two seasons. In 32.7 minutes per game, he averages 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists while shooting .430 from three-point range.
Crutcher spent his four years in college at the University of Dayton, where he averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game across 118 games. In 2020 and 2021, he was named to the first team of the Atlantic 10 conference.