Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has shown why he’s so polarizing during the team’s most recent home stretch, Christian Clark of Nola.com writes. Ball has delivered both good and bad performances since returning from a hip flexor strain in April, but one thing is certain: New Orleans is a far better team when it receives strong production from the 23-year-old. “Lonzo is one of the … [Read more...] about Southwest Notes: Ball, Popovich, Griffin, Walker
The NBA has fined Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin $50K for “public criticism of the officiating and comments detrimental to the NBA,” the league announced (via Twitter). Griffin’s comments came Friday in response to a fractured finger that could keep Zion Williamson out for the rest of the season, writes Christian Clark of NOLA.com. … [Read more...] about Pelicans’ David Griffin Fined $50K
Dennis Schroder and Lonzo Ball could be potential targets for the Bulls in free agency this summer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Speaking on ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Friday, Wojnarowski indicated Chicago will be in the market for a starting point guard (hat tip to Blake Schuster of Bleacher Report). “Point guard is going to be at a premium for them,” Wojarnowski … [Read more...] about Bulls To Target Schroder, Ball In Free Agency?
The Pelicans made big news on Friday when they announced Zion Williamson would be out indefinitely with a fractured left ring finger. Somewhat under the radar was GM David Griffin’s comment about Brandon Ingram‘s status. Griffin said that Ingram’s left ankle sprain “is going to sideline him indefinitely,” Andrew Lopez of ESPN tweets. Ingram was injured during Tuesday’s game … [Read more...] about Pelicans Notes: Ingram, Griffin, Williamson, Marshall
Pelicans star big man Zion Williamson has a fractured left ring finger and will be sidelined indefinitely, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Williamson underwent a series of diagnostic tests on Thursday before the team departed for its game tonight at Philadelphia. A CT scan revealed the injury. A treatment plan and timetable for his return will be determined upon further … [Read more...] about Zion Williamson Has Fractured Finger, Out Indefinitely
Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball tied his career best with 33 points against Golden State on Tuesday, bouncing back from a 3-for-18 shooting performance the previous game. He vowed to franchise player Zion Williamson in a text message that he wouldn’t have two bad outings in a row, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “I’m glad he’s my teammate,” Williamson said. “You love to have … [Read more...] about Williamson Professes Love For Lonzo
The Pelicans have reached an agreement with rookie forward Naji Marshall on a new deal that will promote his from his two-way contract to a spot on the 15-man roster, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Sources tell Charania (Twitter link) that the deal will cover four years — the rest of this season, plus the next three. It will be fully guaranteed … [Read more...] about Pelicans, Naji Marshall Agree To Four-Year Contract
An MRI has revealed that Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram suffered a left low-ankle sprain during the team’s 108-103 victory over the Warriors yesterday, the team has announced via Twitter. Ingram is set to miss Friday night’s contest against the Sixers, and Ingram is considered day-to-day with the injury beyond that. Losing Ingram, the club’s second-leading scoring behind … [Read more...] about Injury Notes: Ingram, Vucevic, LeBron, Magic
Thursday is the first day the Pelicans can sign another player to fill their 15th roster spot and avoid the luxury tax, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic. Hollinger crunched the numbers after the Pelicans signed Didi Louzada. His $123,056 salary as a draft rookie counts $98,940 less than a veteran signed to the same spot. On Thursday, New Orleans could sign a veteran … [Read more...] about Ball Aspires To Be All-Star 'Real Soon'