On Jan. 26, the Pelicans lost DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles. In the 12 games since, Anthony Davis has stepped up in a big way with averages of 33.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.3 steals per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.9 percent shooting from the perimeter. He’s been even better over their last six games �� all of which resulted in wins �� posting 41.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 3.0 steals per game on 54.2 percent shooting from the field and 39.1 percent shooting from 3-point range.
While there is still a possibility that they miss the playoffs, the Pelicans currently have the longest winning streak in the NBA and are only 1.5 games behind the Spurs in the Western Conference. There aren’t many teams that have a tougher schedule to end the season, so Davis could jump up a couple of spots in these standings if he continues to play at this level and carries the Pelicans into the postseason without his All-Star teammate.
In some ways, the defining move of the Sam Hinkie era. The Kings were so desperate to unload the contracts of Thompson and Landry that they gave the Sixers swap rights on their first-round pick for two consecutive years, plus another first-round pick, which will be unprotected in 2019 �� all to open up cap space to throw at Wesley Matthews, who was coming off a torn Achilles.
As of late last week, Noah remained opposed to any buyout, per sources. One date to watch here is March 1, the last date by which Noah can sign with another team and still be eligible for the postseason. The Knicks, to this point, have shown no interest in simply waiving Noah, so it seems that it will be a test of wills as March approaches. If Noah is bought out or waived, opposing executives expect the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves to be among the teams interested in signing him.
Hornacek’s contract is up after the 2018-19 season, and Perry has said that he and Mills will evaluate Hornacek — and all other aspects of the organization — after the season. Hornacek was hired by former Knicks president Phil Jackson, so it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if Hornacek is let go by the club’s new management after this season.
We’re evaluating the entire season, Perry said earlier this month. Jeff and his group are working really hard with this basketball team and doing the very best they can, and obviously, this is an adversity for them to deal with KP being out.