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Kings sign undrafted Eric Moreland

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Pete D’Alessandro saw Eric Moreland play in an NBA arena and was intrigued.

Now, the Kings general manager is bringing Moreland to the NBA.

D’Alessandro kept an eye on Moreland – even when the big man was suspended for Oregon State’s first dozen games and declared for the NBA draft after his junior season despite low stock.

As expected, Moreland went undrafted. But he played for Sacramento’s summer-league team and impressed.

Kings team release:

The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland to a contract

It’s a three-year contract, likely at the minimum, and I’d be shocked if it’s fully guaranteed. Possibly, none of it is guaranteed.

D’Alessandro, via Jonathan Santiago of Cowbell Kingdom:

We were impressed with him actually in the draft workout process. And even a couple years ago, I saw him play. I’m trying to remember one of the first times I saw him. I think it was in New York City at the Garden because I recall the game and he was always one of those guys that intrigued me. When he came into our draft workout, he played so hard and with such passion. And I feel like those energy guys, when they’re big and strong and long like he is – they bring something. They bring a dimension to the game I haven’t seen from our team.

Now look, he’s gonna be a rookie. We did a three-year deal with him. We’re hoping that he can last the entire deal and continue this long term. Our vision for him is for him to be an NBA player. And so we’re looking forward to developing him and seeing how this thing goes.

Moreland is a single-skill player at this point, and that skill is shot-blocking. The 6-foot-10, 218-pound forward-center blocked more shots than anyone else in Oregon State history, and he also led the Las Vegas summer league in blocks.

Now, his challenge is developing the rest of his game. It’s telling when the man who just signed him said, “Our vision for him is for him to be an NBA player.”

This contract makes Moreland an NBA player, but a lot of work remains for him to live up to it.

Report: Newly-acquired Pelicans F Omri Casspi breaks thumb, out 4-6 weeks

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This has got to put a damper on the whole DeMarcus Cousins trade thing for New Orleans Pelicans fans. According to multiple reports, Omri Casspi — who was part of the trade that sent Cousins to Louisiana — has broken his thumb. The sharp-shooting forward will be out 4-6 weeks.

It’s disappointing news for the Pelicans, who could certainly use Casspi’s 3-point shooting ability. Casspi is shooting 38 percent from deep this season, and while the Pelicans make enough threes per-game they are near the bottom-third in percentage.

Casspi would have been a real help for Alvin Gentry’s offense, but for now it appears they’ll have to make do without him. Casspi should continue to occupy a roster spot for New Orleans, given his expiring contract and the fact that even if the Pelicans make a run for the playoffs they won’t be in a situation to add to their lineup since they won’t expect to get very far.

The good news out of New Orleans on Thursday night? Despite a loss to the Houston Rockets, Cousins nearly dropped a 5 x 5.

The race for the No. 8 seed is on.

LeBron James stops dunk, stuffs Courtney Lee at the rim (VIDEO)

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee should have known better than to try to dunk this. Everyone in the arena knew better than to try this on LeBron James.

Then again, if players stop trying to do things like this, we won’t get videos of incredible chasedown blocks by Mr. James.

It’s a real catch-22.

Actually, you know what? Keep it up. Keep trying this on LeBron. I want to keep watching dudes get rejected.

Draymond Green scrambles for ball, kicks at Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

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I’m getting tired of writing this story.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Draymond Green — an excellent basketball player who has an unstoppable, basal need to kick everyone near him — has once again let his feet do the talking.

Let’s take a look at the tape to see what sort of hijinks ol’ Dray has got himself into this time.

Via Twitter:

In the last nine months, Green has hit or kicked James Harden, Marquese Chriss, Kyrie Irving, Allen Crabbe, and Steven Adams (twice).

The league has decided not to act with any strength on most of the incidents, the most recognizable of which came when Green hit LeBron James in the NBA Finals, causing him to miss Game 5. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any consequences for Green, which is the exact reason why we keep seeing him kick dudes.

It’s wack, I’m tired of seeing it, and you should be too. See you all here the next time Green kicks at somebody. I’m sure it won’t be before too long.

Watch DeMarcus Cousins swat James Harden in his first game with the Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins answers questions from the media as the New Orleans Pelicans announce that they've acquired him along with forward Omri Casspi during a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in Metairie, La.  Cousins maintained  that he liked Sacramento and initially wasn't happy about being traded Sunday night, but added he'd become frustrated with the lack of another elite talent on the Kings' roster.  (Ted Jackson /NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)
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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and the New Orleans Pelicans will take some time to mesh together. In his first game with New Orleans, Cousins saw a difficult opponent and massive deficits against the Houston Rockets. But there was some glimmers of hope.

Cousins, for example, had a productive statistical evening. The former Sacramento King put up 27 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 4 blocks — just one swat shy of the rare 5 x 5.

Plus, he had this sweet block on Rockets star James Harden:

The Pelicans lost to the Rockets, 129-99, but it’s going to be fun to watch New Orleans battle it out for the 8th seed in the West.