Trade candidates Terrence Jones and Omer Asik (illness) were both missing from Pelicans shootaround on Thursday prior to tonight's game against the Rockets.
Jones is technically dealing with a thumb injury but this is more likely a trade holdout, as he's one of the players everyone expects to be moved today. Asik is listed as doubtful tonight due to his illness, but it would not be at all surprising to see both players traded in the next few hours.
The Pelicans have reportedly inquired about the availability of Brook Lopez.
New Orleans wants to add a true center to the roster, so in addition to having "advanced talks" with the 76ers regarding Jahlil Okafor, they're also interested in potentially bringing in Lopez. If one of these trades does come to fruition, the Pelicans will also likely be unloading Alexis Ajinca or Omer Asik, but changing the jersey won't really alter those guys non-existent fantasy values. Lopez could take a minor hit if he winds up in New Orleans, but it wouldn't significantly alter his outlook.
Alexis Ajinca picked up a DNP-CD on Monday vs. Dallas.
Omer Asik was also a DNP-CD as the Pelicans opted to play small with Anthony Davis at center. Ajinca should be back in the rotation on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, but he's not a great fantasy asset for obvious reasons.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:34:00 AM
Alexis Ajinca was benched to begin the third quarter on Wednesday, finishing a home loss with one rebound and no other stats in just five minutes.
Omer Asik also went scoreless in just nine minutes off the bench, whereas Terrence Jones (21 points in 34 minutes) benefited from coach Alvin Gentry's small-ball approach. Do not hesitate to cut Ajinca immediately.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:20:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca played his best game of the season vs. the Spurs on Sunday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.
The Pelicans lost despite Ajinca's efforts and they have yet to defeat a Southwest Division opponent with an 0-6 record on the season. Omer Asik was a DNP-CD tonight for the second time in three games, and Ajinca has stealthily crept onto the fantasy radar. Over the past five games he's averaging 6.6 points, 6.0 boards, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:12:00 PM
Terrence Jones came off the bench on Sunday for nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds and one block in 25 minutes of action.
Jones recovered after a very slow start tonight, but the Pelicans just couldn't overcome their poor shooting (36.7 percent) and terrible defense. They are 2-11 this season when out-rebounded by their opponent, which happened again tonight, and they need guys like T-Jones and Omer Asik (three boards) to give Anthony Davis more relief in the rebounding department.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:51:00 PM
Terrence Jones vanished on Sunday with two rebounds and two steals in 13 scoreless minutes off the bench.
The Pelicans and Mavericks both leaned heavily on small-ball lineups tonight, which resulted in paltry lines for Jones and Omer Asik (two points, four boards in seven minutes). Jones has been a steady value over the past six games, contributing high-percentage points, rebounds, 3-pointers and defensive stats, so his owners should just shrug off tonight's dud.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 10:28:00 PM
Anthony Davis (quad) was unable to practice in full on Thursday, but is still hoping to play against the Blazers on Friday.
Head coach Alvin Gentry said the team will monitor Davis leading up to Friday's game and are hopeful he'll be able to suit up after missing Wednesday's game against Orlando. Terrence Jones will see the biggest boost in fantasy value if Davis sits again, while Omer Asik and Solomon Hill would also get a bump.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 01:48:00 PM
Dante Cunningham started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Warriors, sending Omer Asik to the bench.
It's Omer Asik, so we're not surprised. Anthony Davis will slide to center and this could mean more minutes for Terrence Jones in the second half.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:03:00 PM
Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik will start Thursday vs. the Magic.
Davis has officially beat the initial 10-14 day timetable, and he'll obviously be good to go when the regular season kicks off. The constant trips to the locker room make owning Davis gut wrenching experience for owners, but there's no denying his ridiculous upside, making him the ultimate risk-reward selection this year.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 05:49:00 PM
Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Dante Cunningham and Omer Asik will start vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.
Frazier and Hield should be busy tonight sans Anthony Davis (ankle), and both those guys are on the radar as potential late-round targets in standard leagues.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 06:25:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca could split the center role with Omer Asik this season, according to Alvin Gentry.
"Both of those guys are going to play," Gentry said. "There are going to be situations where one plays a lot one night, then the next night the other plays more minutes, depending on the type of team we’re playing against and what we’re looking for." Simply put, there is no incentive to draft either Asik or Ajinca in standard fantasy formats.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:10:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca started at center vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and three turnovers in 18 minutes.
This was his second start in a row and it looks like he's still ahead of Omer Asik (eight points, six rebounds) on the depth chart. He's definitely a better fit next to Anthony Davis, but the Pelicans will probably play a lot of small ball this year which will keep Ajinca's minutes down -- Coach Alvin Gentry has already indicated that both Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones will play some center. Ajinca is a late-round option in deeper leagues until further notice.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 10:39:00 PM
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.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 10:16:00 AM
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.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 06:00:00 PM
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.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 07:10:00 PM
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.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 06:28:00 PM
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.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 06:19:00 PM
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.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 05:55:00 PM
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.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 12:20:00 AM