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Pelicans fire GM Demps amid Davis saga

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Pelicans have decided to fire ninth-year general manager Dell Demps and start the process of finding someone to deal with the fallout of All-Star Anthony Davis' recent trade demand, said a person familiar with the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the club had not announced the decision. Demps did not immediately return messages.

Demps' firing comes after Davis said in late January that he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded to a contending team. Davis has another season remaining on his contract after this one and this season's trade deadline has passed, meaning no trade will happen until summer.


Pelicans' Davis day-to-day with bruise

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the situation says an MRI on Anthony Davis' injured left shoulder showed a muscle bruise.

The person says Davis' timetable for a return is day-to-day. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the examination results have not been announced.


Nuggets to extend Connelly's contract

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have extended the contracts of president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and the rest of the front office in the midst of one of the best seasons in franchise history.

Terms of the multiyear deals were not released Friday.


Seth Curry says he'll win 3-point title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):

1:35 p.m.


Silver touts 'smart jersey' at summit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the "smart jersey of the future."

Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Curry model to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the name on the jersey those fans wear to games.


Currys excited for All-Star reunion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room.

Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is.


Teams looking to cash in on betting wave

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ted Leonsis does not gamble.

The owner of the Washington Wizards is a venture capitalist and investor, along with the owner of the NHL champion Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, the G League Capital City Go-Go and two Arena Football teams. He, personally, doesn't bet.


Westbrook's triple-double streak hits 11

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis grimaced and didn't move his left arm as he walked off the court at halftime.

Whether those were Davis' final moments in a Pelicans uniform - or whether he even plays in this weekend's All-Star Game - remains to be seen.


Knicks end franchise-worst 18-game slide

ATLANTA (AP) Knicks coach David Fizdale gives his team credit for not giving up during a losing streak that lasted nearly six weeks.

"I keep talking about this team's character," Fizdale said. "It would've been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we're going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it."


Magic snap 13-game skid to Hornets

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic ended one streak and stretched another.

The Magic snapped a 13-game losing streak to Charlotte, routing the Hornets 127-89 on Thursday night behind 21 points from reserve Terrence Ross.

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