Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "definitely coming back," a source told John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Demps has been on the hot seat as a result of some questionable personnel moves and his team's disappointing season, but according to this report, it doesn't seem like ownership is prepared to make a change following an injury-ravaged campaign in which it was difficult to evaluate Demps fairly. Despite Demps looking safe for now, there is still no defending his decision to re-sign Omer Asik last summer.
Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. Minnesota.
Ajinca will join 10 other Pelicans on the sidelines for Wednesday's regular-season finale, and his absence will translate to major minutes for Dante Cunningham and James Ennis. Omer Asik and Kendrick Perkins will be the only healthy centers on the roster for Wednesday's game, but even with just seven healthy players on the roster, Asik and Perkins are not great targets.
Toney Douglas will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Lakers.
It'll be Tim Frazier replacing Douglas in the starting five, but how these guys enter the game is pretty much meaningless with how banged up New Orleans is. Douglas should still see plenty of minutes off the bench, and is worth deploying as usual. James Ennis, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik will join Frazier in the starting five for tonight's game.
Luke Babbitt will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Omer Asik will earn the start in his place tonight, but given that Asik has been losing minutes to Kendrick Perkins as of late, his starter tag essentially means nothing. Babbitt has been playing very well over the past two weeks, owning averages of 14.1 points, 4.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.6 triples per contest, and he should be able to see quality minutes tonight regardless of how he enters the game.
James Ennis will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Ennis will be joined by Toney Douglas, Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik in the starting five for Wednesday's game, which will be Alvin Gentry's 40th different lineup of the season. Tim Frazier and Luke Babbitt will return to the bench, but with how banged up New Orleans is, the minutes should be pretty similar for all these guys regardless of how they enter the game.
Alexis Ajinca will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, sending Omer Asik back to the bench.
Omer Asik hasn't done much, so the move makes sense because Alexis Ajinca has made some nice strides in the past week. He's averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 boards, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last five games, and he could have a nice night if he stays out of foul trouble.
Alexis Ajinca scored a team-high 18 points on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes during a road loss in San Antonio.
He wasn't exactly efficient, shooting 8-of-19 from the field, but someone has to score in the paint and it's probably not going to be Omer Asik (two points in 25 minutes). Injuries have thrust Ajinca into a prominent role and he's averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 boards in the Pels' past four games, with a handful of steals and blocks.
Toney Douglas and Alonzo Gee replaced Luke Babbitt and Omer Asik for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Knicks.
The Pelicans are just grasping at straws at this point and their lineups will likely continue to fluctuate on a game-to-game basis.
Alonzo Gee will start Thursday vs. the Pacers, with Jrue Holiday (toe) unavailable.
The Pelicans will roll out a starting five of Toney Douglas, Gee, Dante Cunningham, Luke Babbitt and Omer Asik for Thursday's matchup with Indiana, a game that they will enter with just eight healthy bodies. Gee will be starting, but Tim Frazier and Douglas make for the more attractive DFS targets.
Alexis Ajinca will move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers.
Ajinca will be starting alongside Omer Asik to better matchup with Indiana's size, which will likely result in Luke Babbitt returning to the bench. Alvin Gentry described the lineup switch as a matchup based decision, so while Ajinca is on the radar as a potential punt play in DFS tonight with the increased opportunity, he's still not a great addition to a standard league roster as he'll likely return to a minimal role off the bench for Saturday's game against the Raptors.
Updating a previous report, Ryan Anderson (groin) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
Anderson is dealing with a strain in both his left and right groin, and with the Pelicans having absolutely nothing to play for this could potentially turn into a lengthy absence for Ryno, although he did say he expects to play again this season. Omer Asik should see close to 30 minutes tonight with very little depth behind him, while Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt will see an uptick in minutes. Jrue Holiday, Toney Douglas and Tim Frazier will be asked to step it up on the offensive end sans Anderson.
Ryan Anderson (groins) is not on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the Heat, according to beat reporter John Reid.
Anderson was listed as "out" on Monday's injury report for Tuesday's matchup with Miami, and it's currently unclear if his absence from today's report is simply a clerical error, or if his injury has improved enough to let him play. We should have another update shortly, but if Anderson is able to gut it out, the fantasy value of Dante Cunningham, Omer Asik and Luke Babbitt will take a hit. Stay tuned.
Luke Babbitt will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with both Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (groins) unavailable.
Babbitt could actually earn some decent run tonight with New Orleans absolutely desperate for some frontcourt depth, so he's someone to consider as a potential punt play in daily leagues. Jrue Holiday, Toney Douglas, Dante Cunningham and Omer Asik will join Babbitt in the starting five for tonight's game.
Alexis Ajinca suffered a broken sternum during Wednesday's loss to the Rockets, and he is without an official timetable to return.
Ajinca will obviously miss Thursday's game vs. the Spurs, and this is just another unfortunate injury that the Pelicans will have to deal with. With Omer Asik (ankle) also on the sidelines, Kendrick Perkins will likely earn another start tonight, although Perkins can't be viewed as a viable target in almost any league. Expect the Pelicans to roll out a lot of small ball lineups featuring Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson at the five-spot. Ajinca is likely done for the year, so he can be cut just about everywhere.
Center Alexis Ajinca hit just 1-of-5 shots for seven points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of Tuesday's start for the Pelicans.
It looks like he will be starting for the next couple weeks, but the fact remains he's still Alexis Ajinca. He should be able to get loose for a big line occasionally, but as we saw in this one, you're rolling the dice by starting Ajinca in any format. Starter Omer Asik is out with an ankle injury.
Alexis Ajinca will be New Orleans' starting center for at least the next two weeks with Omer Asik (ankle) out.
Ajinca and Kendrick Perkins will be a larger part of the rotation over the next two weeks with Asik on the sidelines, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues. Through six starts this season, Ajinca has compiled forgettable averages of 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 block per game over 18.3 minutes of action, so he's not much more than a low-end big to own in very deep leagues.
Alexis Ajinca started the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Wolves in favor of Omer Asik.
Asik played just six minutes in the first half with two boards and the Pelicans haven't been able to slow down Karl-Anthony Towns, so coach Alvin Gentry is just playing the matchups. As long as Anthony Davis is healthy, neither Asik or Ajinca are reliable fantasy options.
Anthony Davis (back) said that he is "unsure" if he'll be able to play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.
Davis is more than likely going to be a game-time decision tonight, and if he's unable to give it a go, Ryan Anderson will draw the start in a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday will also carry a larger load on offense, with Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca having the opportunity for extended minutes. Owners of Davis will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is contemplating a lineup change for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.
Gentry has been threatening to change his lineup since December, and it's clear that something has to change with Pelicans boasting an 11-23 record. Obvious candidates to move out of the starting lineup would be Alonzo Gee and Omer Asik, as Gee can't do anything but defend and Asik may be the worst starting center in the NBA. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for an update prior to tip-off, as nothing is imminent at the moment.
Alexis Ajinca (calf) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Heat.
Ajinca has spent the past three games on the sidelines with the calf injury, but this is the first time he's been given the questionable tag. If he's able to play, he'll cut into Omer Asik's minutes, but neither guy is worth owning in most leagues.
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