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Nuggets sign deal to bring in Alonzo Gee for wing depth

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Gary Harris will be out about a month with a foot issue. Will Barton tried to practice Tuesday but couldn’t because of a sore ankle. Wilson Chandler has been hobbled by a hamstring injury.

The Denver Nuggets could use some help on the wing right now. Enter, Alonzo Gee, something first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports.

The team has since confirmed that they have signed Gee.

Gee is an athletic wing who will work hard on the defensive end and can get out and run in transition. What ultimately holds him back is a lack of shooting range, but he knows how to play at an NBA level and can give the Nuggets the short-term depth they need.

Gee was the final cut of the Pelicans in preseason (they chose to keep Lance Stephenson instead of him, which worked out well as Stephenson played great until he tore a groin muscle that needed surgery). Gee played 39 games for the Nuggets two seasons ago, they are familiar with him. Gee hung around the fringes of the NBA since 2009, having played for Cleveland, New Orleans, Denver, Washington, Portland, and San Antonio.

Pelicans to bring Robert Sacre, Chris Copeland into training camp

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The New Orleans Pelicans already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, the max number they can carry into the season.

They also have depth questions along the front line. Anthony Davis is still a flat-out stud — everyone seemed to think he had a down season last go around, he averaged 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game with a PER of 25 (ninth best in the NBA). So yes, he sucked (read that again, but do it sarcastically, as intended). After that things thin out. They have players such as Omer Asik, Cheick Diallo, Alexis Ajinca, and Kendrick Perkins. I hope to see some Davis at center Solomon Hill as a small ball four lineups, but that will be an experiment too. It’s fair to question the quality of their depth up front.

Which is why the Pelicans are going to make training camp interesting.

Robert Sacre or Chris Copeland would need to play surprisingly well for the Pelicans to eat the contract of Terrence Jones or Alonzo Gee and put them on the roster. The two new additions are auditioning for other jobs more than necessarily landing one in New Orleans.

But the Pelicans are looking for guys that fit along their front line, this is a team that wants to get back on the trajectory we thought we saw a couple of seasons ago.

Report: Kings willing to trade Rudy Gay, but there are conditions

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The Sacramento Kings are DeMarcus Cousin’s team, and the question for GM Vlade Divac becomes who are the best players to put around him to thrive? (Well, that and what’s the best system, and is George Karl the guy to execute that vision).

Rudy Gay may not be one of those guys.

Gay trade rumors have swirled around Gay for a while, and Marc Stein of ESPN confirms those, but says it’s not that simple.

Sacramento is said to be seeking a quality young player in return if it parts with Gay. Or a player they like with at least one year left on his contract after this season, which would give the Kings some insulation against trading for someone in February who turns around and leaves town in July. (Gay, 29, is scheduled to earn $13.3 million from the Kings next season before he’s forced to decide on a $14.3 million player option in 2017-18)….

Sacramento, for example, rejected New Orleans’ recent offer of Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee for Gay before Gordon suffered a fractured finger that will keep him out until after the deadline. They don’t want to move him just for the sake of it.

That’s not shopping a guy, that’s being a prudent GM. If you can get younger and keep the talent level high, then you seriously consider a deal, if not you move along. That should be the case for everyone on the Kings’ roster not nicknamed Boogie.

(And no, Cousins is not available via trade — owner Vivek Ranadive still loves him, and you don’t trade your most popular, biggest draw player the season before you move into a new arena. So you can stop trying to dreaming up packages, Celtics fans.)

The Kings are in a fight for the last playoff spot in the West with Utah and Portland and the owner wants to make the postseason after a nine-year drought — they are not going to make trades that have them stepping backwards.

Come Feb. 19, the day after the trade deadline, Gay is probably still pulling on a purple jersey for Sacramento. The rumors about him are not going to stop, but there is a clear evaluation system for those now — the Kings’ aren’t just going to take on junk to dump him. That was never the plan.

Anderson scores 36, leads Pelicans past Kings, 114-105

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Anderson tied his career high with 36 points and New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings 114-105 on Thursday night, the Pelicans’ sixth victory in eight games.

The Pelicans won despite the absences of newly named All Star Anthony Davis, who suffered a concussion on Monday night, and Tyreke Evans, who has right knee tendinitis. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and eight assists for New Orleans, while Norris Cole had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, making his first NBA start, added 14 points.

DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three straight. Ben McLemore added 26 points for Sacramento and Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 15 assists.

Kings associate head coach Chad Iske stood in for head coach George Karl, who was out sick.

New Orleans, which lost 11 of its first 12 games this season, is now 17-28 and just three games behind Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Pelicans’ only two losses in the past eight games came by two points at Memphis and by one point at home to Houston on Monday night.

The Kings, who trailed by as many as 19 in the second quarter, were as close as five in the third period when James Anderson‘s driving layup made it 82-77.

But Ryan Anderson responded with his fifth 3 of the game, and New Orleans steadily rebuilt its lead to 19 again when Cole’s driving bank shot made it 101-82 with less than eight minutes to play. Sacramento never got closer than eight after that.

Despite missing two of their top three scorers in Davis and Evans, New Orleans raced to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, when Ryan Anderson scored 18 of his points on 8-of-12 shooting, highlighted by a pair of 3s and an array of mid-range turnaround jumpers.

The lead grew to 19 when Holiday’s 3 made it 42-23 early in the second quarter.

Cousins, who had nine points in the second quarter, helped Sacramento briefly whittle its deficit to single digits before Anderson hit a step-back jumper to give him 30 points in the first half and push the Pelicans’ lead back to 11.

Rondo’s free throw cut New Orleans’ lead to 63-53 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Kings: Rondo reached double-digit assists for his 14th straight game, tying the franchise record set by Nate “Tiny” Archibald in 1972. … The Kings fell to 8-14 on the road, where they have lost two straight.

Pelicans: Alonzo Gee scored 10 for New Orleans. … The Pelicans, plagued by injuries all season, sent out their 21st different starting lineup of the season. … The Pelicans improved to 1-5 when Davis does not play. … New Orleans had at least 10 3s for the 18th time this season, compared with 14 all of last season. It was also the Pelicans’ sixth game in the last eight with 10 3s.

 

Rumor: Pelicans interested in Pacers’ Solomon Hill

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We told you earlier in the day that the Pacers had put Solomon Hill on the trade block. The fact Hill started 78 games a season ago for the Pacers speaks to how banged up they were, but this season with a resurgent Paul George in the lineup they had no real use for him. Hill has barely seen the court this season.

The real question is who would want Hill? Maybe New Orleans, reports Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.

The Pelicans aren’t exactly loaded with quality, traditional threes. Alonzo Gee starts and behind him there is Dante Cunningham, Quincy Pondexter, and Luke Babbitt. Compared to that group Hill might be a minor upgrade. Hill can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, but after that, he’s lacking.

Hill is making $1.4 million this season, so the Pacers aren’t going to get much of quality in return, and I’m not sure the Pelicans are going to surrender a decent pick. This would be the definition of a minor deal, if it even happens.