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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins will wear No. 0 with the Pelicans.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Pelinka has begun informing his clients of possibility of him being Lakers GM, per sources. He's widely expected to be announced soon.

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The Lakers committed $186 million to 4-year deals for Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Clarkson this past offseason. All three have below average PERs, with Clarkson best at 13.3 (NBA average is 15.0).

Sam Alipour @samalipour

Lakers changes are exciting, but let's remember Kupchak, Laker since '81, chief architect of 2 titles (10 total), and a really good man. 3/3

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

It always seemed somewhat surreal that Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss could one day fire her very own brother, Jim, from his position as the team's executive vice president of basketball operations, but because of the team's historic slide that has indeed come to pass.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Eric Gordon said his agent, Rob Pelinka, will become the GM of the Lakers. "I think he's going to be good," Gordon said. "He had a good reputation as an agent and definitely expect nothing but good things from him. It's a different challenge and I think he'll be just fine." Pelinka not only represents Gordon but Trevor Ariza and James Harden.

Sam Alipour @samalipour

A story about Mitch Kupchak: While at UCLA, I ran into the Lakers GM in a store parking lot. Asked for advice on breaking into sports. 1/3

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden was given a rest day from Tuesday's practice. This is the first practice Harden has missed this season.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets aggressively pursuing Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams, league sources tell ESPN. As @ESPNSteinLine notes, most likely to be dealt.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans will introduce DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi at a press conference tomorrow morning.

Sam Alipour @samalipour

If I'm Magic, my street sweeper-grade Lakers changes incl trading Nick Young/Lou Williams. Tonight. For rocks. MUST keep '17+19 1st rd picks

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans released the following statement from owner Tom Benson regarding the trade of DeMarcus Cousins: "I could not be more excited to add DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans. I know that everyone is thrilled with the anticipation of DeMarcus and Anthony (Davis) and Jrue (Holiday) and the rest of our team hitting the floor on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets. We are only a few games behind in the playoff hunt and I want to bring an NBA Championship to this city. I think this trade puts us in a position where we are now more improved and can make a run. The NBA All Star Weekend was a great weekend for New Orleans and Anthony was a worthy MVP, and then we topped it off with a trade for one of the best players in the NBA," said Tom Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Pelicans. "I was appreciative of Mickey (Loomis) for keeping me updated daily during the trade talks and I was 110% behind the decision. I hope all of our fans welcome DeMarcus and Omri with open arms to our great city."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss on hiring Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations: "This isn't about going back to Showtime. We're not trying to turn back the clock. The Lakers have figured out how to win in every era and certainly, the game has evolved and the rules have changed and we know in our discussions about evolving with the game and looking at what the modern NBA is all about. This isn't about going to the past and recreating Showtime. You can't recreate Showtime…This is about the future and about finding the right team for the style that [Lakers head coach] Luke Walton wants to play." (Via Spectrum SportsNet)

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The one move widely expected from the Lakers' Magic Johnson-led front office this week is trading Lou Williams. No need for LW when tanking