Russ Smith, Jeff Withey in NOLA starting five for Vegas opener

by Jim Eichenhofer

LAS VEGAS – New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Bryan Gates, who is again serving as head coach for summer league, unveiled his starting lineup for tonight’s game vs. the D-League Select team (9:30 p.m. Central).

The Pelicans will start second-round pick Russ Smith at point guard and 2013 second-rounder Jeff Withey at center. They will be joined in the first unit Friday by 2013-14 late-season roster addition James Southerland, 10-year NBA veteran forward Josh Howard and Josh Carter.

Friday’s game is available live online via It will also be replayed by NBA TV from 5-7 a.m. Saturday (Central time).