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Five things to know the day after the draft


1) Dell Demps spoke to New Orleans media late Thursday night following the team’s participation in the draft, but was unable to provide many specifics under the circumstances. Demps: “We want to upgrade the roster.”

2) Manning’s hosted an extremely well-attended Pelicans draft party last night. Check out this photo gallery, featuring appearances by Anthony Davis and Jason Smith.

3) From now through the end of July, there’s very little “off” in the NBA’s offseason. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on Monday. NBA TV is broadcasting “Free Agent Fever” preview specials Sunday night at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (Central time).

4) With the draft concluded, the Pelicans begin the process today of putting together their summer-league roster. We'll have updates next week.

5) Prior to last night, there was a press conference tentatively scheduled for today to introduce new players from the draft (such as what took place in 2012). That will be rescheduled for a later date.