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Alvin Gentry: ‘Really Crucial Time For Us’

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Despite all that’s gone wrong thus far this season — all of the injuries and all of the losses — the Pelicans entered Monday’s Martin Luther King Day matchup just 4 ½ games back of a playoff spot in the suddenly shallow Western Conference, a fact not lost on New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry and his players.

“This is a really, really crucial time for us,” Gentry said pregame. “We got off to such a bad start because of injuries and things like that. We have a chance because no one ran away and left. Obviously Golden State, San Antonio and teams like the Clippers and Oklahoma City [are] in the top echelon in the West. Everybody else is just kind of in that group where, if you can win five or six games in a row, you can get right back in the playoff race.

Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN

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Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Glenn Robinson III

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The Kings are one of four teams showing the most significant interest in free agent small forward Glenn Robinson III, league sources told The Sacramento Bee. McNair and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox have been forthright and diligent throughout the process in talks between the two sides, sources said.

The most likely suitors at this point appear to be the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz, sources said. The Kings could be looking for depth on the wing after they declined to match Bogdan Bogdanovic’s offer from the Atlanta Hawks.

Source: Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee

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Sources: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Knicks Agree to Deal

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The New York Knicks are signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a one-year contract, a source tells ESPN.

Kidd-Gilchrist gives New York someone who can guard multiple positions. He was one of the better defensive players that was still on the free agent board.

Source: Bobby Marks on Twitter

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Sources: Thon Maker, Cavaliers Agree to Deal

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Thon Maker and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal, league sources told @hoopshype.

Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

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