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.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 06:38:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca will return to the bench for Wednesday's matchup with the Rockets, with Omer Asik returning to the starting five.
While Ajinca and Asik are the only two true centers on the roster, Alvin Gentry has been going with a lot of small ball lineups featuring Ryan Anderson at the five. Ajinca is averaging just 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds as a reserve this season, so his fantasy value is pretty non-existent while he's coming off the bench.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 06:58:00 PM
Eric Gordon will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
The Pelicans will go with a starting backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Gordon, with Alonzo Gee, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik making up the rest of the group. Gordon played just 20 minutes on Tuesday, so hopefully he sees a boost in playing time tonight as a starter. Ish Smith will come off the bench, and his minutes could take a hit as he fights for playing time with Evans and Norris Cole.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 06:47:00 PM
Alexis Ajinca will enter the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, sending Omer Asik to the bench.
Ajinca hasn't been great as a starter this season, owning averages of 8.0 points, 6.7 boards and 1.3 blocks per game, and with a tough matchup against the Grizzlies, he doesn't make for a very enticing DFS play. Asik hasn't been playing much this season, averaging just 1.6 points and 5.2 rebounds on 18.2 percent shooting through his 14.9 minutes as a starter, so his demotion to the second-unit isn't going to significantly alter New Orleans' rotations.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 06:38:00 PM
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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:28:00 PM
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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 01:57:00 PM
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).
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 10:55:00 PM
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.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 07:59:00 PM
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.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 10:36:00 PM
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.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 09:54:00 AM
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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:51:00 PM
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.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 01:09:00 PM
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.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 10:29:00 AM
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.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 11:35:00 AM
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.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:47:00 PM
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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 06:29:00 PM
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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 02:48:00 PM