2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
34-48, 4th in Southwest
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5hChris Haynes

Sources: Pels PF Cunningham to decline option

Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham plans to decline his $3.1 million player option for next season and become a free agent, sources told ESPN.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham plans to decline player option to become unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources tell ESPN.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans' search for a D-League home is down to six: Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish, Shreveport (La.); Jackson (Miss.); Mobile (Ala.). "We are excited to the see the excitement which this process has generated among the six locations," owner Tom Benson said in a statement. "All of them have stepped forward with legitimate and sincere interest and are going to make a case via their proposals for why they would like to be the home of our NBA G League team in 2018-2019. The process is underway and we know that this will be a very significant addition for a city/parish near us as it will add global exposure and bring professional basketball to their town."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday receives the NBA's community assist award for March. Holiday pledged $1,000 toward New Orleans tornado relief for every point and assist he recorded against San Antonio on March 3, resulting in a donation of $31,000.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans, slotted at 10th in this year's draft lottery, will have an 11/1,000 chance of the top pick. New Orleans concedes its pick to the Kings if it falls out of the top three. Pelicans also draft 10th in the second round (40th overall).

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Thon Maker has two blocks and a steal in the third quarter alone. Maker, the 10th overall pick in last year's draft, averaged just 10 minutes a game in the regular season but is already up to 14 in Game 1 in Toronto.

Everything you missed during the NBA season (2:30)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said Quincy Pondexter suffered an infection after his most recent left knee surgery in January. Pondexter has undergone three separate procedures on his left knee that have kept him from playing the past two seasons. "We're hoping to get him back," Demps said. "But at the same time, he hasn't played in two seasons. Can he recover?"

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Regarding the future of the Pelicans coaching staff, GM Dell Demps says they're in "evaluation mode." But Demps also said he likes the direction of the team and recognizing the tough task Alvin Gentry had integrating 26 players on the fly.

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Vote: What's next for the New Orleans Pelicans?

Take a look back on the Pelicans' season and look ahead to the team's offseason. Will a full season of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis give the Pelicans a path to playoffs going forward?

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

With a 103-100 victory in Portland to close out the season, the Pelicans finish with a 34-48 record -- good for 10th place in the West and 10th in this year's draft lottery (with their pick conveyed to the Kings if it falls outside of the top 3).

Napier knocks down jumper, draws foul (0:16)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are both out for the Pelicans' season finale tonight in Portland. E'Twaun Moore is probable.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI heavily favors the Trail Blazers over the Pelicans in Wednesday night's (10:30 pm ET on ESPN/WatchESPN) regular season finale.

Lakers stay hot with fifth straight win (1:30)
World Peace embraced by teammates after win (0:31)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Coupled with the Phoenix Suns' loss to Sacramento, the Lakers' win over the New Orleans Pelicans -- their fifth straight overall win -- means the Suns will finish with the NBA's second-worst record while the Lakers will finish with the NBA's third-worst. For the Lakers, that means they'll have a 47.8 percent chance of keeping their top-three protected draft pick at the May 16 NBA draft lottery. If the pick falls below the third pick, it goes to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ingram takes flight for monster dunk (0:34)
Robinson steals it, hammers it (0:20)

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.3Tied-18th
Rebounds Per Game43.713th
Assists Per Game22.812th
Points Allowed106.417th

Team History