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Free Agency is just nine hours away and we already have so much to talk about! With shocking star swaps already having taken place in CP3, Jimmy Butler and Brook Lopez, it's time to talk about the Pelicans' own free agent primary target, Jrue Holiday.
In addition we break down scenarios involving Holiday's extension, and a possible plan B should Holiday dismiss all memories of the Crescent City.
These topics and more, discussed with The Bird Talks' Editor Oleh Kosel, and regular contributor Kevin Barrios.
The New Orleans Pelicans locked up Jrue Holiday to a five year, $126 million dollar deal, with incentives reaching as high as $150, AND a player option! (facepalm)
Plus, the Pels are rumored to be interested in Ty Lawson, Nick Young, and Rajon Rondo.
We break down their fit in New Orleans, as well as explore what's left of the free agent market, break down contracts given to other stars, and explore trade possibilities.
Happy Episode two everyone!
We are one week into the 2017 NBA Free Agency, and it already looks vastly different from last year. After a major surplus of space we have seen shorter term contracts, and substantially lower average salaries.
In addition, the Pelicans made news with their max contract given to Jrue Holiday who joined only Steph Curry and Blake Griffin as five year contract winners this offseason. The three will make $500 million over the next five years.
Next, Christian talks about where the Pels sit in the Western Conference, as well as shares his expert analysis on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Paul George Sweepstakes, and the Las Vegas Summer League.
Las Vegas Summer League begins today! With that in mind we get an in depth preview with the recap of another less heralded summer league, the Mountain Dew League, more commonly referred to as Orlando Summer League.
Join myself and Philip Rossman Reich of Locked on Magic and OrlandoMagicDaily.com as we take a backstage tour of the most exclusive summer league, and get a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming weeks of action in the desert.
In addition, Philip shares his insight on the development and growth of summer leaguers and the likelihood of earning a contract, or finding their way into the Developmental League from there.
Finally we wrap up with the happenings in the Amway Center and talk new GM John Hammond, and the future of the Magic.
The fNBA ree agent landscape may be vastly different than in the green summer of 2016, but it hasn't been short on headlines.
Sit in with Bleacher Report NBA's, NBA Math's, The Step Back's and Hardwood Knocks' Dan Favale as we discuss the most popular stories including the New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward and the rest of the Western Conference.
And finally, Dan makes a regular season prediction you won't want to miss.
On our sixth episode of Bird Call we welcome Bird Writes Staff members Kevin Barrios and Jamile Dunn to discuss Jrue Holiday's press conference, as well as reports from Scott Kushner of the Advocate and Jake Madison of Bourbon Street Shots.
We are but one week into NBA Free Agency, and things just keep getting crazier! Just when we thought things were slowing down the Knicks, Heat, and Nets agreed to over $300 million in offer sheets!
The boys come on to the program to discuss these latest signings, what free agent/trade targets could move the needle for the Pels, as well as what it will take to make the NBA Playoffs more competitive going forward.
Competitive basketball is back with the Las Vegas Summer Leagues, and the Pelicans two buddy stars have not disappointed.
The New Orleans Pelicans have fallen by a combined five points in two contests despite spectacular showings from Cheick Diallo and Quinn Cook. Head Coach Jamelle McMIllan has dubbed Summer League,"All About Them."
Then join Bird Writes' Editor in Chief Oleh Kosel as we break down the performance of the rest of our summer squad including the surprising Jalen Jones, the disappointing Axel Toupane, and more!
Mike Sciotto of BBall Insiders reported that the New Orleans Pelicans are in close discussions with the Detroit Pistons on a trade involving Reggie Jackson and Pels' E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.
Then the former Pelican Debrief pals catch up on all the latest Vegas Summer League stylings. Charles is not only Hoops Habit's beat writer, he also happens to be a Las Vegas Resident!
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Zach Lowe and Woj reported today about a possible imminent one year deal between the New Orleans Pelicans, and another former Kentucky Wildcat, Rajon Rondo.
Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps took the team's private plane (baller!) to visit Rondo in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and according to Will Guillory of the Times Picayune, the meeting was "excellent."
We discuss this as well as the potential four team trade between the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Pelicans, plus could Ryan Anderson rejoin the Pels!?
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Last week I interviewed Zion Olojede of DukeReport.com on the potential of Duke Blue Devil freshman guard, Frank Jackson.
We discussed Jackson's best NBA comparison, injury concerns and overall game.
The New Orleans Pelicans selected Duke's Frank Jackson with the 31st pick in the NBA Draft and according to Summer League Head Coach, Jamelle McMillan, we may seem him 100% ready by training camp!
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