Five things to know on Day 12 in Las Vegas
1) In a move that had been widely reported but was made official Thursday, the Pelicans signed long-range sharpshooter Anthony Morrow. Morrow ranks fifth among all current active NBA players in career three-point percentage, at 42.4. He also coincidentally set the summer league scoring record by racking up 47 points vs. New Orleans in 2009.
2) On Thursday the NBA’s Board of Governors approved the Charlotte franchise’s request to change its nickname to Hornets beginning with the 2014-15 season. New Orleans fully supports the move and is working closely with Charlotte as it transitions to a new nickname. Charlotte also announced that it will make a donation to the Pelicans Gulf Coast Preservation Fund.
3) Win or lose, Friday marks the fifth and final game for the New Orleans summer league team in Las Vegas. The Pelicans (2-2) will face the Washington Wizards at 5:30 p.m. Central on NBA TV. New Orleans was eliminated from the inaugural tournament of Las Vegas summer league by virtue of Wednesday’s 87-82 defeat to Denver.
4) Although the summer league team’s run in Las Vegas is coming to a close, the Pelicans group of Monty Williams, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday will be gathering to participate in USA Basketball’s minicamp next week. The event takes place Monday through Thursday, culminating with an intrasquad showcase game Thursday night.
5) The Pelicans’ Rob Nice has been making the rounds in Las Vegas and checks in with new entertaining videos featuring Ryan Anderson and Yahoo! NBA writer (and New Orleans native) Marc Spears.