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Report: Pelicans making Omer Asik ‘very much available’ in trade

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The new Collective Bargaining Agreement reportedly won’t contain an amnesty clause, which will be fine by most teams. With the salary cap rising so rapidly under the new national TV contracts, it became difficult for a couple years to sign bad contracts.

But one team that could use an amnesty clause: the Pelicans, who are tied to barely productive, ill-fitting and declining Omer Asik.

So, it’s little surprise they want to trade him.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

Omer Asik, the rim-protecting big man who has not been nearly as impactful in the Big Easy as he was in Chicago, is very much available a league source has told

The 30-year-old Asik is due $33,859,548 over the three years following this season. He has negative value, meaning New Orleans would have to attach a positive asset to move him.

He’s not worth his cost, but Asik can still help a team inside. He just doesn’t fit Alvin Gentry’s fast-paced offense, and the Pelicans are better off with Anthony Davis at center.

But they’re likely stuck with him until they send out more to move him or he becomes a salary-matching aspect of a larger deal.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.