Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry wants Anthony Davis to shoot more threes next season


Anthony Davis is already viewed by many as being one of the top few players in the league today, a dominant big man that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor at an absolutely frightening rate.

And the new head coach of the Pelicans, Alvin Gentry, wants to make him even more difficult to deal with by extending his range to the three-point arc.

From John Reid of

In a conference call to season-ticket holders on Tuesday night, Gentry says he has already told Davis that every day he works out in the gym this upcoming season he wants him to make 150 corner 3-point shots from each side of the court.

”That’s got to become a consistent shot for him,” Gentry said. ”I don’t think he’s going to have any problem doing it. If you go back and look at his high school days, he was a very good 3-point shooter. But all of sudden he decided to grow six or eight inches. He still has that range, but I don’t think it has been incorporated in the offense in college or the pros that he’s been in.

”We want him to shoot that shot. So I think you probably see him make more 3s than he’s made his entire career.”

Gentry has had success doing this in the past. As head coach of the Suns in 2010, he got Channing Frye to launch 392 three-pointers, after he had made just 20 in total during his first four NBA seasons. Frye shot 43.9 percent from three-point distance that season.

Davis made only one three-pointer last season on 12 attempts, but it turned out to be the difference in sending New Orleans to the playoffs because it ultimately gave them the tie-breaker over the Thunder in the standings.

Davis is already unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor, so adding yet another weapon to his arsenal seems almost unfair to the rest of the league. With Gentry looking to create even more of a monster here, a famous quote from the  Bhagavad Gita delivered by one of the men who invented the atomic bomb comes to mind: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Magic’s Mario Hezonja throws down poster dunk at Summer League (VIDEO)


Last season, Magic fans were treated to some impressive dunks from Victor Oladipo.

This year, it may be rookie Mario Hezonja’s turn.

The rookie and No. 5 pick showed off the ability to attack the rim and throw it down at the Orlando Summer League on Monday. You have to like this guy’s confidence and willingness to attack, that is something he can build an impressive NBA game around.

Report: Tobias Harris turned down max contract offer from Kings


Tobias Harris was a restricted free agent this summer, before reportedly agreeing to a four-year deal worth $64 million to remain with the Magic.

Because of that restricted status, which meant that Orlando could retain Harris by simply matching any offer he received, there weren’t a ton of teams outwardly clamoring for his services.

But he did have at least one lucrative offer to play somewhere else.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

Hearing Tobias Harris received MAX offer from the Kings, strongly considered it. Appeal of staying in Orlando and a solid offer sealed deal

A representative for the Kings called us to firmly deny that any offer was made.

If you trust the national reports , this marks the third player to durn down more money in Sacramento than they ended up with on their new deals with different teams: Monta Ellis took less to play for the Pacers (which the Kings also deny), while Wesley Matthews did the same to join the Mavericks.

It isn’t difficult to figure out why.

The Kings are a mess right now, a directionless franchise that frequently changes course seemingly on the whims of its owner. We had three different head coaches in Sacramento last season, a redistribution of decision-making power in the front office, a flirtation with yet another change there, and the current coach shopping around the franchise player in trade scenarios by contacting other teams.

Sacramento can try to throw money at its many problems. But until things calm down there a little, and a long-term plan is put into place, players are going to continue to be wary of signing up to play there willingly — and justifiably so.

Report: Knicks to acquire Kyle O’Quinn in sign-and-trade with Orlando


This is a quality pickup by the Knicks.

Yes, the Knicks just signed Robin Lopez, but they need depth behind him.

Kyle O’Quinn is a smart player with the potential to be a good rotation big. He is physical, likes to bang, but also can knock down midrange shots, operates well setting picks or from the high post. His game seemed to plateau a little last season, but he’s a smart free agent gamble.

And he will be a New York Knick through a sign-and-trade with Orlando, something first reported by Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

After agreeing to a four-year, $16 million deal, the New York Knicks have acquired free-agent forward Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Magic will receive cash considerations and the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Knicks in 2019, sources said.

That is a good price for a quality backup center — especially one who should fit with the triangle. The fourth year of the deal is a player option. The deal can’t be completed until the moratorium on signings comes on July 9.

Phil Jackson gets a gold star for this move.

Report: C.J. Watson agrees to three-year deal with Magic


Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.

Orlando has nice young point guard talent in Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, and Watson’s veteran presence can potentially help them along.

Watson will be playing for his fifth team as he enters his ninth NBA season, but has earned positive reviews and a solid reputation everywhere he’s been.

Watson averaged 10 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest with the Pacers last season, while knocking down 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance.