Alexis Ajinca started at center vs. the Thunder on Wednesday, posting 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Omer Asik (illness) was out, as was Anthony Davis (shoulder), so Alvin Gentry's only real option was to start Ajinca. He's had a few nice breakout games when injuries thrust him into a bigger role, and DFS owners should watch him closely, but he belongs on the waiver wire as long as Asik and Davis are day-to-day.
Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Omer Asik (illness) are being listed as the probable starters for Wednesday's matchup with the Thunder.
Both players are officially questionable, so them being listed as probable starters in the game notes doesn't mean much. It sounds like both could be headed for a game-time decision, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Ryan Anderson would be a safe bet to start with either Alexis Ajinca or Dante Cunningham replacing Asik. Anderson is the guy to target in daily leagues sans Davis, but he'll draw a tough matchup against Serge Ibaka, making him a slightly risky option.
Festus Ezeli started Saturday's road win vs. the Pelicans but had only one point, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 15 minutes of action.
He was averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 1.5 blocks in his previous two games, but his role shriveled up once the Pelicans went small with Anthony Davis at center -- Kendrick Perkins, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca played a combined 18 minutes. Ezeli would be a very frustrating guy to own even while starting for Andrew Bogut (concussion).
Kendrick Perkins left Saturday's game against the Warriors after straining his right pectoral, and he will not return.
Perkins was only able to make it though two minutes of action tonight, finishing the game with two points and an assist. The severity of the injury is currently unknown, but given how quickly he was ruled out tonight, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game against the Magic. If Perkins is unable to play on Tuesday, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca will pick up his minutes, with Asik likely drawing the start.
Kendrick Perkins made another start at center on Wednesday, posting six points, eight rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.
The Pelicans are desperate with Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) both sidelined, and coach Alvin Gentry hasn't been willing to start Ryan Anderson alongside Anthony Davis. Perkins isn't even remotely appealing as a fantasy pickup, especially with Asik targeting a return in 7-10 days.
Ryan Anderson is expected to start at power forward in Monday's preseason contest against the Rockets.
With Anthony Davis expected to rest, Tyreke Evans (knee) not expected to play and Eric Gordon (back spasms) questionable, Ryno will get another big chance to show off why he should be going higher in fantasy drafts. Averaging 19.0 points over his last two contests, Anderson is poised to rebound from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign under new head coach Alvin Gentry. Remember, both Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) are currently sidelined.
Luke Babbitt suffered a strained left hamstring during Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, and there is currently no timetable set for his return.
While Babbitt didn't figure to be a major part of the Pelicans' rotation, this is just another guy to add to the injury report in New Orleans who are also currently without Norris Cole (ankle), Quincy Pondexter (knee), Omer Asik (calf), and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring). Babbitt isn't worth considering in most leagues on draft day.
The Pelicans have signed C Mirza Begic.
Begic is a solid rebounder and shot blocker who has played professionally overseas since 2003, but more importantly, he's a healthy body. With both Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) sidelined, Begic has a decent shot at making the Pelicans regular season roster. However, he won't be a significant factor in the rotation, and is not worth drafting in most leagues.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said the team won't rush Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) back into action.
Ajinca did some shooting on Monday, but Gentry said he'll be limited as he works his way back into action. "The hamstring is a weird injury in itself," Gentry said. "But he’s working extremely hard, and he’ll work extremely hard to get back out on the court. Just no reason for us to rush into anything right now or push anything right now." While fantasy owners can leave Ajinca undrafted, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson should see a boost in their minutes and fantasy value while Ajinca is out for at least four weeks.
Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
After re-signing for $20 million, Ajinca will now be unavailable to begin the season. After dealing with Achilles soreness earlier in the offseason, the big man suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday. Without AA in the lineup, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson and (of course) Anthony Davis are all candidates to see their minutes increase.
Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) will not play for France at EuroBasket next month.
Ajinca has felt some pain in his Achilles tendon and while the pain has not gotten worse, the Pelicans have forbid him to join his national team at EuroBasket. We'll keep an eye on Ajinca's status heading into New Orleans' training camp, but he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues as he's likely to serve a bench role behind Omer Asik and Anthony Davis.
Alexis Ajinca double-doubled in another start for the short-handed Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.
Omer Asik was sidelined by a calf injury which led to another start for Ajinca, this time alongside Anthony Davis. He held his own vs. DeAndre Jordan but the Pelicans fell on the road, 100-107, bumping them three full games outside of the playoff picture. Anyone banking on Ajinca for production next week should keep a close eye on Asik's status.
Alexis Ajinca is expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with Omer Asik (calf) unavailable.
As the starting center this season, Ajinca has put in averages of 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He'll have a tough matchup against the Clippers today, but he should be good for some low-end value as a streamer option in deep leagues.
Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) and Omer Asik (calf) are questionable to play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.
Evans injured his calf on Friday and wasn't able to return, so his owners might view it as a good thing that the Pelicans cited his previously sprained ankle for the reason as to why he is questionable. Evans will likely be a game-time decision tonight, so his owners will have no choice but to to check back later for the official word on his status. If Evans can't play, Norris Cole would likely start and would be worth a look in daily leagues.
Jeff Withey stepped up for the injured Pelicans frontcourt on Friday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.
Omer Asik and Anthony Davis were late scratches and Withey needs both of them to be out to have a shot at fantasy value. This is an obvious wait and see moment in most fantasy leagues.
Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain and he is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
With Ryan Anderson (knee) expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, there's going to be a very large void to fill in New Orleans. Alexis Ajinca will likely earn plenty of minutes, with Shawne Williams, Dante Cunningham, and Omer Asik also having an opportunity to land more playing time in the rotation. From a fantasy perspective, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are going to be the primary components of the Pelicans' offense, and both players will see an uptick in value with Davis sidelined.
Anthony Davis (shoulder) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.
It's a tough break for owners relying on AD's production in a short week, but it makes sense to be conservative with the extended All-Star break around the corner. With Ryan Anderson (elbow) also doubtful, Dante Cunningham could be in line to draw the start at power forward. It's also possible New Orleans goes with a twin towers look, sliding Omer Asik over to power forward and starting Alexis Ajinca at center. Stay tuned.
Anthony Davis (groin) said that he is unsure if he will suit up for Friday's game against the Clippers.
Davis added that will try and do everything in his power to get on the floor tonight, and it's looking like he's destined for the dreaded game-time decision. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik will all likely see extended minutes for the Pelicans.
Updating a previous report, Anthony Davis (groin) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers.
He is dealing with a Grade 1 abductor strain, and he'll be re-evaluated during Friday morning's shootaround. "[Davis is] getting treatment," said head coach Monty Williams. "He’s walking around normally and doing some stuff, but nothing to break a sweat. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow." If Davis sits, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Anthony Davis (groin) has a Grade 1 abductor strain and will be listed as day-to-day.
Though not great news, this is much better than the original reaction when Davis went down Wednesday night. We'll consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers, while Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik would stand to benefit if Davis is unable to play.