1140 Sportscast 7/28

Willie Green has officially been introduced as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Green takes over a team with a lot of young talent, including forwards Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.  Despite the talent, the Pels missed the playoffs last season but Green calls this team a sleeping giant.

Cut 17 (16) “team go”

Green played 12 years in the NBA, including one season in New Orleans back in 2010.

The Pelicans could also make a huge offer to veteran point guard Kyle Lowry.  The Pels signing a veteran of Lowry’s magnitude could give them the type of leadership that they thrived under with Chris Paul.  Lowry will be a hot commodity and the Pelicans could be a long shot to land the all-star.

Kevin O’Connor has updated his 2021 NBA Mock Draft and has LSU shooting guard Cam Thomas going 17th overall to the New Orleans Pelicans.

LSU junior kicker Cade York has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list.  The Groza goes to college football’s top place-kicker.  The McKinney, Texas native made over 85 percent of his field goals last season and made a career long 57-yarder at Florida, which is a school record.

With Michael Thomas being placed on the PUP list and set to miss the start of the season due to ankle surgery, the Saints have now agreed to a deal with veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan.  The 33-year-old won two super bowls with the New England Patriots during his nine-year career.  Hogan has caught 250 passes for 3,337 yards and 22 touchdowns during his time in the NFL.

The Saints have also announced they signed defensive end Kendall Donnerson and cornerback Brian Poole. Donnerson was on the Bengals practice squad last year after he was selected in the seventh round by the Packers in 2018. Poole is a former Florida Gator and in 70 career games in the NFL, he’s intercepted seven passes and has played the last two seasons with the Jets.