The Pelicans finished an injury plagued 2013-14 season 34-48, but second-year forward Anthony Davis was a bright spot, averaging 20.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. New Orleans did not have a first-round pick in the 2014 draft after trading for point guard Jrue Holiday in 2013. In an attempt to give Davis help in the paint, the Pelicans traded for Rockets center Omer Asik.
Former All-Star Josh Howard, 34, is on the Summer League team as he tries to make an NBA roster after being out of the league since 2012.
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Pelicans' Summer League roster:
Cameron Ayers - G
Luke Babbitt - F
Josh Carter - F
Keith Chamberlain - F
Drew Crawford - G/F
Courtney Fells - G
Abdul Gaddy - G
Josh Howard - G/F
DeQuan Jones - F/G
Samardo Samuels - C
Russ Smith - G
James Southerland - F
Jeff Withey - C
Patric Young - F
Pelicans' Summer League schedule:
July 11 vs NBA D-League 7:30 p.m.
July 13 vs Los Angeles Lakers 1:30 p.m.
July 14 vs San Antonio Spurs 3:30 p.m.
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The teams in the summer league in Las Vegas will be seeded in a single-elimination tournament after the first three games, and no team will play fewer than five games.
- Paul Palladino