Watch: Zion Williamson destroys rim during first NBA game

Zion Williamson has been one of the most polarizing players to follow this offseason, with a new story about him and his new-found team, the New Orleans Pelicans, coming out virtually everyday. With all the hype surrounding the young star, you would think he might come out of the gates slowly, adjusting himself to the pace of an NBA game, but that certainly was not the case. Zion showed the basketball world just a taste of his talent during the Pelicans’ first preaseson game of the season, finishing with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists against a youthful Atlanta Hawks squad. Check out some of Zion’s best plays from his first NBA game!

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New Orleans Pelicans part ways with GM Dell Demps

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the New Orleans Pelicans have parted ways with their GM Dell Demps after the team was unsuccessful in finding a trade for franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis. The Pelicans are planning on promoting someone within the organization to become the interim GM. Reports have also stated that the Pelicans are planning on becoming ultra-aggressive in the offseason and fully plan on getting a very high-level executive in the offseason. Sources are also telling ESPN that the Pelican’s ownership became “irate” after seeing Anthony Davis leave the arena before the game was over on Thursday night. Davis left the game early after suffering an apparent shoulder injury.

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Reports: Pelicans set to sit Anthony Davis until Thursday’s trade deadline

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans plan on sitting franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis through Thursday’s trade deadline after a potential trade with the Los Angeles Lakers fell through.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are not on AD’s list of teams he would sign long-term with.

Rumors around the league suggest the Lakers pulled out of trade talks after “outrageous” demands were made by the Pelicans. In recent days, many reports had surfaced saying the Lakers were willing to give up a lot of their young core to acquire Davis, but they ultimately pulled out of trade talks.

It will be interesting to see how the Pelicans go about handling this toxic situation. Davis has let it be known that he no longer wants to be in New Orleans and would be open to signing a long term deal with several teams if he is traded to them. The four teams Davis mentioned are the Knicks, Bucks, Clippers, and Lakers.

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Jarret Jack agrees to deal with New Orleans Pelicans

Free-agent guard Jarret Jack has reportedly agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, per Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. The contract is reportedly only a one-year deal, but it is also non-guaranteed, which allows him to compete for a reserve point guard position. Jack averaged 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists while playing for the New York Knicks last season.

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Jahlil Okafor inks deal with the Pelicans

Free-agent big-man Jahlil Okafor has reportedly agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnaroski. A league source also informed Wojnarowski that the deal Okafor signed is partially guaranteed and includes a team option for the 2019-2020 season.

 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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DeMarcus Cousins Joins The Golden State Warriors

Elite big-man DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a contract with the defending world champions, the Golden State Warriors.

By signing the deal, Cousins ends the partnership he had acquired with the New Orleans Pelicans and MVP-candidate Anthony Davis. Cousins had been playing with the Pelicans for about a year-and-a-half until his all-star season was cut short by a horrific Achilles tear. With the severity of Cousins’ injury, teams were wary to accept a deal with him and, as Cousins himself put it, zero offers were extended to him during his time as a free agent.

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Cousins has been selected as an all-star four times in his time in the league. He was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team roster twice in his career in addition to being awarded All-Rookie First Team in 2011.

By agreeing to the contract with the Warriors, Cousins will make around $5.3 million dollars in exchange for one year of his services. It has been reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports that defensive powerhouse Draymond Green and Warriors general manager Bob Myers took the reigns in the recruitment of Cousins. It has also been noted that the All-Star center spoke with the Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr.

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Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks a game while shooting a cool 47% from the floor. Cousins was seemingly going for a career year in New Orleans before his injury. This should be music to Golden State’s ears as they picked up an elite big-man for a great price.

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Cousins will likely not be ready to return to action until around December or January, but Golden State is the perfect place for DeMarcus to rest up for the postseason since they don’t need immediate help from him on the court. If DeMarcus can put up similar numbers this year with the Warriors when he becomes active, he could be looking at a lucrative contract deal next summer when he will become a free agent again.

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On the flip side, New Orleans will miss DeMarcus’ production next season as they will lean heavily on Anthony Davis’ shoulders.

With Golden State big men Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee on the move, the Warriors clearly made this move to help strengthen the depth of their squad. This move will likely help Golden State to keep a good grip on the Western Conference and the league in general.

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