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Norris Cole | Guard | #30

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Cleveland State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (28) / CHI
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Norris Cole has been released by Li Shuangfu of China.
Cole last played for the Grizzlies during the 2015-16 season and could end up back in the NBA for a team with a need at guard. We'll keep an eye on where he ends up, but Cole isn't worth stashing in any fantasy leagues. Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:10:00 AM

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Norris Cole is reportedly dealing with an undisclosed injury, and he is without an official timetable to return.

This is probably why Adrian Wojnarowski did not list him amongst the incoming point guards that will be coming in for a workout with the Grizzlies in wake of the Mike Conley (back) injury. Cole is currently under contract in China, and while he does have an NBA out clause, Memphis obviously won't be bringing him stateside to rehab.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:54:00 PM

The Grizzlies have reportedly expressed interest in signing Norris Cole.

Cole is currently playing overseas in the CBA, although his contract does have an NBA out clause, so Memphis could certainly bring him over to help fill the void left by Mike Conley (back fracture). It's too early to make a speculative add here in most scenarios, but if Cole does sign with Memphis, that would really hurt the value of Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin. Cole doesn't offer the highest upside, but he could be worth an add if a deal comes through for owners in need of some PG stats.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:33:00 PM

Norris Cole's contract in China is worth $5 million, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Well, that certainly helps to explain why Cole wasn't willing to wait it out for an NBA deal any longer than he did. Cole's contract does reportedly include an NBA-opt out, but even if he spends the entire season in China, he'll be back and eligible to be signed by a team around March.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 06:03:00 PM

Norris Cole has inked a deal with the Shandon Bulls of the CBA.

The contract reportedly does include an NBA out clause, so if the opportunity arrises, Cole will be able to make his way stateside prior to the conclusion of the CBA season (February). He's not worth drafting anywhere.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Norris Cole is not expected to re-sign with the Pelicans.

This became clear on Sunday as soon as the Pelicans reached an agreement to re-sign Tim Frazier. There are still several teams around the league in need of a backup PG, so Cole shouldn't have any problem landing a contract.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 12:14:00 PM

The Pelicans are not expected to re-sign Norris Cole, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Cole only appeared in 45 games during the 2015-16 campaign, and he may be forced to take a short-term "prove it" type of deal from any interested club. Cole is unlikely to be a fantasy option unless he winds up in a paper-thin backcourt with playing time up for grabs.
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Norris Cole (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

Cole lasted just 45 games during the 2015-16 season, compiling averages of 10.6 points and 3.7 assists on 40.5 percent shooting. He's bound for free agency and it'll be interesting to see where he winds up, but as a backup point guard, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 06:58:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) will not play on Monday vs. the Bulls.

He is not expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves either in the regular season finale. Leave him on the wire.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 07:33:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) will not play on Friday vs. the Lakers.

Coach Alvin Gentry said that he likely won't play again this season, but the Pelicans will probably continue to list him as questionable for reasons unknown.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 06:34:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Lakers.

The Pelicans continue to list Cole as questionable despite the fact that he hasn't played since March 7. With the Pelicans playing for Ping-Pong balls, there's no reason to believe Cole will return to the court this season.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Tuesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry said Cole might not be back this season. Tim Frazier has been fantastic off the bench behind Toney Douglas. Both Douglas and Frazier should be owned in standard leagues.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) may not play again this season according to coach Alvin Gentry.

Cole has no timetable and Gentry said that it's "more and more unlikely" that he will see the floor again this season. With Cole on the shelf, Tim Frazier, Toney Douglas and Jordan Hamilton will soak up the backcourt minutes moving forward.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Norris Cole (back) is not expected to play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

He is day-to-day and has been for almost almost a month. It'll be Toney Douglas and Tim Frazier handling the point guard minutes with Jordan Hamilton starting at the two. Cole should be dropped basically everywhere.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 07:28:00 PM

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