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Saints’ Drew Brees describes “kinship” with Pelicans’ Zion Williamson

Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see himself and Pelicans top draft choice Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and different sports. Brees says he sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans’ pro sports scene and is eager to share what he’s learned. Brees says he came to New Orleans when the Saints were virtually rebuilding from scratch. He says the NBA’s Pelicans are being similarly remade now following significant offseason turnover.

New Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram says he’s ‘close’ to normal

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram says he’s “pretty close” to resuming normal workouts as he continues to recover from surgery to address a blood clot in his right arm. Ingram says he has not resumed shooting. But he says he has worked on his shooting form while also conducting ball-handling and passing drills as well as lower-body workouts. Ingram was trade to New Orleans this offseason as part of a multi-player and multi-draft pick deal that sent six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers.

Zion Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchise

Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause as they walked into the New Orleans Pelicans’ headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with far more promise than it appeared to have when six-time All-Star Anthony Davis requested a trade five months ago. Williamson says he’s keeping immediate expectations realistic because he hasn’t played an NBA game and is still just short of his 19th birthday.

Pelicans extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through 2021

New Orleans Pelicans new basketball operations chief David Griffin says the club is exercising its option to extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through the 2020-21 season. Gentry has coached four seasons in New Orleans and has made one playoff appearance. Griffin worked with Gentry in Phoenix when the veteran coach helped the Suns reach the 2010 Western Conference finals and says he and Gentry have a “shared vision” for the Pelicans on and off the court.

AP Source: Lakers, Pelicans, agree on Anthony Davis trade

Several people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade disgruntled six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. The deal teams Davis with superstar LeBron James.