|Hornets announce name change to Pelicans||01.25.13 at 9:30 am ET|
The New Orleans Hornets are officially planning to go forward with changing their name to the Pelicans, the team announced Thursday. The NBA would still have to approve the name change, but commissioner David Stern has said he would approve whatever name Hornets owner Tom Benson chose.
The Pelicans name is associated with Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican, which was taken off the endangered species list in 2009. Brown pelicans are plentiful along Louisiana’s coast, which has been damaged significantly in recent years by storms, including Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 BP oil spill.
“The pelican represents New Orleans, just like the Saints,” Benson said. “They have incredible resolve. If they can do that, the team can do the same.”
Rita Benson LeBlanc, Benson’s granddaughter and vice chairman of the board for the Hornets and Saints, was an advocate for the name change.
“We’re raising an entire generation to be very mindful to what happened to our coastal restoration,” Benson LeBlanc said. “Give it time, and I think everyone will be inspired [by the name change]. It’s for a greater purpose.”
The Hornets also released five new logos, changing their color scheme from teal, purple, gold and white to blue, gold and red.
|Report: NBA’s Hornets to change name to Pelicans||12.05.12 at 9:22 am ET|
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the New Orleans Hornets will change their name to the Pelicans, possible next season. Tom Benson, who also owns the Saints, purchased the NBA team in April and owns the rights to the Pelicans name.
Louisiana is the Pelican State, and the brown pelican is the state bird.
The Hornets relocated from Charlotte in 2002. Michael Jordan , who owns the Bobcats — the team that replaced the Hornets in Charlotte — recently said that he would consider changing his team’s name to Hornets if the name became available.
|Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers sign with Hornets||07.24.12 at 6:02 pm ET|
The Hornets signed their two first round picks on Tuesday, finalizing the contracts for first-overall pick Anthony Davis and 10th-overall pick Austin Rivers. The deals are formalities though, as the values of their rookie contracts are outlined by the collective bargaining agreement.
Davis signed a three-year guaranteed contract worth more than $16 million, around $5 million of which will be paid in the first year of his deal. The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks with Kentucky in his only season with Kentucky.
Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, was inked to a three-year, guaranteed deal worth almost $5.9 million, nearly $1.9 million of which will be paid during his rookie season. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 15.5 points in his only season at Duke while shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Now, the Hornets only have their second-round pick Darius Miller left to sign from the draft. Unlike the two first-round selections, the 6-foot-8 forward must negotiate his contract as most players who are selected in the second-round do not have gully guaranteed contracts.
|Hornets officially match Suns’ offer for Eric Gordon||07.14.12 at 8:46 pm ET|
His heart may be in Phoenix, but, as expected, the rest of Eric Gordon’s body will be returning to New Orleans as the Hornets have officially matched the Suns’ four-year, $58 million offer sheet to the restricted free agent guard.
After visiting with the Suns on July 3, the 23-year-old shooting guard released a statement through his agent Rob Pelinka announcing his decision to sign the Suns’ offer sheet, stating, “I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”
Gordon, who has never averaged fewer than the 16.1 points of his rookie campaign, was reportedly upset by the Hornets decision to draft Austin Rivers and their failure to address the team’s need for more frontcourt players.
Rivers played shooting guard in college but has taken over at point guard for the Hornets in the NBA’s summer league. Since Gordon’s comments, the Hornets have also acquired 6-foot-10 forward Ryan Anderson and cleared $5 million in cap space to pursue another free agent big man.
|David Stern says NBA contraction is a possibility||08.15.11 at 1:38 pm ET|
In an ESPN podcast over the weekend, NBA commissioner David Stern said the league is open to contraction as a way to increase the league’s profitability, which has been a sticking point in the collective bargaining negotiations and lockout.
“When you talk about revenue sharing, a number of teams have said that if you have a team that is perpetually going to be a recipient, aren’t you better off with the ability to buy them in?” Stern said. “Because between the revenue sharing and the split of international and the TV money, we could almost buy them in with their own money.”
Stern said “players actually have been heard to suggest that as well,” but added that “if you look for volunteers, there aren’t many teams raising their hand.”
Stern would not name specific teams that might face contraction, defending the Hornets, Kings and Bobcats, three teams that for various reasons (NBA ownership of the Hornets, struggling ownership and failed move to Anaheim by the Kings, lack of profit by the Bobcats) would be likely candidates for contraction.
|Rumor: James advises Paul to stay West||07.24.10 at 9:28 pm ET|
According to a tweet by Cavs beat writer Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, LeBron James is advising Chris Paul to seek a trade, but to stay in the Western Conference to keep it competitive.
Paul has two years before he becomes a free agent but has put a plan in motion to force a trade out of New Orleans for the 2010-11 season. He is rumored to be favoring Eastern Conference contenders the Magic and Knicks as future places to play. Paul, also interested in playing for the Lakers in the West, plans to meet with New Orleans executives Monday to discuss his future with the team.
James endorsed Paul’s decision to be traded when he tweeted Thursday, “Best of luck to my brother @oneandonlycp3. Do what’s best for You and your family.”
Yahoo! reported earlier this month that a source familiar with the deal said Paul joined forces with James’ marketing company, LRMR.
Howard Beck with the New York Times, however, said Paul has not yet made the official decision to join the Cleveland-based firm founded by James and friend Maverick Carter.
Paul ended his relationship with his former agency, Octagon, earlier this month and hired Leon Rose, an agent with C.A.A. Rose, who is close to William Wesley, an NBA confidant to several players, including James.
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