Oakland, Calif. -- If the New Orleans Pelicans make any trade deals before this upcoming February trade deadline, it likely won’t involve power forward Ryan Anderson.
According to sources within the team, they are not currently exploring any deals involving Anderson, although he has been the subject of trade rumors in the past week.
Team sources said there’s no truth to the speculation and that Anderson remains critical in their plans. After this season, Anderson has two years remaining on his contract that totals $16.9 million.
Although the New Orleans Pelicans took strides to improve their roster this past offseason, they are a .500 team that has struggled to find consistency.
Now that the Dec. 15 date, which allows teams to trade players who were signed this offseason, has arrived, should the Pelicans make a trade to upgrade the roster?
The Pelicans have holes at the center and small forward positions, but the team's brass could be inclined to keep its current roster together to see how its young players mesh for a full season.
Let us know what you think the Pelicans should do. Leave your comments below.
What's on TV Tuesday:
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Jimmy V Classic: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, at New York, 6 p.m., ESPN
Yale at Providence, 6 p.m., FS1
Texas-Arlington at Oklahoma, 7 p.m., FSN
Jimmy V Classic: Florida vs. Memphis, at New York, 8 p.m., ESPN
Missouri State at Louisville, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Ball St. at Marquette, 8 p.m., FS1
Oakland, Calif. -- Here'sa look at the New Orleans Pelicans' game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
New Orleans Pelicans (11-11) at Golden State Warriors (13-12)
Tip off: 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports New Orleans,105-3 FM
Pelicans probable starters:
PG Jrue Holiday 6-4 205 (15.4 points per game, 4.4 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.5 steals)
SG Eric Gordon 6-4 215 (16.0.ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg)
SF Al-Farouq Aminu 6-9 215 (6.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg)
PF Ryan Anderson 6-10 240 (21.8ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.4 bpg)
C Jason Smith 7-0 240 (10.5 ppg,6.5 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.0 bpg)
Warriors probable starters:
PG Stephen Curry 6-3 185 (23.9 ppg,4.1 rpg, 9.0 apg, 1.7 spg)
SG Klay Thompson 6-7 205 (20.3ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.9spg)
SF Harrison Barnes 6-8 210 (13.9.ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg)
PF David Lee 6-9 240 (17.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.3 bpg)
C Andrew Bogut 7-0 260 (7.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 bpg)
Pelicans scouting report: The Pelicans' strength, especially with Anthony Davis sidelined with a fractured left hand, is pushing the tempo.
Mathematically challenged individuals should really neverattempt to crunch numbers, which is why the advancement of pocket calculatorshas been such a boon to those of us who just don't excel at arithmetic.
Those once-bulky tools can now never be far from ourfingers, thanks to their inclusion on our smart phones.
Thank goodness for technology in the digital age.
Yet it doesn't take a rocket scientist to dissect thenumerical area in which the New Orleans Pelicans are severely lacking thisseason.
One look at the NBA's team statistics through games ofSunday night would indicate the Pelicans have some glaring defensivedeficiencies.
Denver -- What the Denver Nuggets head coach and players said after their 102-93 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night at the Pepsi Center.
Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw
(On the slow starts in the past and the cause)
``Tonight I thought our energy was better to start the game. We had guys that a couple of times ran into each other, just kind of buzzard luck. Can't kill anything, won't let anything die. There's another way of saying it but I can't say it out loud.
Denver -- The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night from the Pepsi Center.
Denver -- New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams doesn't want to take any chances bringing back swingman Tyreke Evans too soon again after he re-aggravated his left ankle in Friday's victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Although Evans was dressed in practice gear for Sunday's shootaround and was seen taking shots with his teammates near the end of the session, Williams said he won't play Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
``He's out,'' Williams said. ``I wouldn't play him anyway.
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