Southwest Notes: Pelicans, Davis, Mavs

When the Pelicans signed Anthony Davis to a max extension,  the move put the franchise in win-now mode for five years, writes Shaun Powell in his 30 teams in 30 days series for The Pelicans, Powell adds, are anticipating a better record than last year’s with Alvin Gentry as the new coach. That’s partially why the franchise decided to stand pat this summer. Another reason for not making a move, as Powell points out, is because the contracts of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson expire after this season. Seemingly being counterproductive, however, the Pelicans decided to spend a lot of money to re-sign Omer Asik  and re-sign Alexis Ajinca, Powell adds.

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