Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans agree to five-year designated maximum rookie extension that could be worth up to $231 million, agent says

4:53 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has agreed on a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie extension that could earn him as much as $231 million, CAA Sports’ co-head of Basketball Austin Brown told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If Williamson makes the All-NBA team, wins MVP or Defensive Player of the … Read more

2022 NBA Draft: Analysis, fits for every pick from John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie

The 2022 NBA Draft is now complete. Check out NBA Draft analyst Sam Vecenie and front-office insider John Hollinger judging each pick as it happened. This features instant analysis, projections and live reactions to all 58 picks – plus any key trades that occurred. We began with a late curveball at the top of the … Read more

New Orleans Pelicans’ CJ McCollum joining ESPN as an NBA analyst

New Orleans guard and National Basketball Players Association president CJ McCollum has added another title to his busy schedule — NBA analyst for ESPN. The network announced Monday that they have signed the Pelicans star to a multiplatform deal. He will make his ESPN debut on Thursday during “NBA Finals: Celebrating 75,” which will be … Read more

2022 NBA Draft Combine: From Pablo Escobar to team interviews, and trade talk in between

CHICAGO — Do you want to have a staring contest? The question from a Western Conference team official came unexpectedly during an interview last week during the NBA Draft Combine. It caught Kansas guard Christian Braun by surprise. Braun had come prepared for the string of meetings he would take part in over the course … Read more

NBA Mock Draft: Post lottery picks for every team

The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and we now know the order of picks Nos. 1-14 in June’s upcoming draft. On Tuesday night in Chicago, the Orlando Magic earned the right to select the No. 1 overall pick. The Magic weren’t the only team to come away winners, though as the Oklahoma … Read more

Zion Williamson says he will ‘of course’ sign an extension with New Orleans Pelicans

2:23 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN METAIRIE, La. — Zion Williamson didn’t hesitate. Speaking to the media for the first time since September, the New Orleans Pelicans forward was asked if he’d sign the extension he is eligible for this summer if the team offered one. “Of course,” Williamson said. “I couldn’t sign it fast enough.” … Read more

Brandon Ingram’s playoff tear continues with 30 points in Game 4 to help New Orleans Pelicans tie series with Phoenix Suns

2:50 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is four games into the first playoff appearance of his six-year career — a fact his rookie teammate Jose Alvarado still can’t believe. “It don’t seem like it,” Alvarado said when the subject was raised following Sunday night’s Game 4. “He wants to … Read more

Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams says free throw disparity in Game 4 loss to New Orleans Pelicans something ‘you have to look at’

NEW ORLEANS — Normally low-key by design, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams had some cutting remarks about the officiating after the New Orleans Pelicans took Game 4 by a score of 118-103 on Sunday to even the first-round series at 2- 2. The Pelicans shot 42 free throws to the Suns’ 15, and it was … Read more

Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul dominates 4th again in Game 3 victory over New Orleans Pelicans

2:19 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — The Point God was at it again. Just five days after Chris Paul scored 19 fourth-quarter points to will the Phoenix Suns to a Game 1 victory, Paul scored 19 fourth-quarter points again on Friday night to lead the top-seeded Suns to a 114-111 win over the … Read more