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Norris Cole | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Cleveland State
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Norris Cole (high left ankle sprain) is hoping to return in the first half of December.
It sounds more like Cole is targeting a mid-December return than earlier in the month as his head coach previously suggested. After never previously sustaining this type of injury, Cole also wants to be sure he's completely healthy before returning. "Whenever it’s right, that’s when it’s right and when I’m going to lace it up," Cole said. With Tyreke Evans (knee surgery) right around the corner and Jrue Holiday (leg) getting healthier, those with Ish Smith—who has been playing well—might want to consider his short vs. long-term value. Nov 23 - 10:38 AM

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Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Norris Cole (ankle) to return sometime during the first week or two of December.

Ish Smith has played extremely well for the depleted Pelicans, but it appears his days being a mid-round asset are coming to an end with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Cole on the verge of a return. Smith may fall out of the rotation entirely once Jrue Holiday's minutes restriction is lifted, so owners should start pursuing the waiver wire for his tentative replacement. Cole will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not really worth a speculative add in most formats.
Nov 22 - 4:49 PM

Norris Cole (ankle) was able to play some 2-on-2 on Saturday.

Cole still doesn't have a timetable to return, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. Tyreke Evans (knee) will beat Cole back to action, so he won't have a significant role when he returns. Cole belongs on the waiver wire.
Nov 21 - 1:57 PM

Norris Cole (ankle) still doesn't have a timetable to return.

High ankle sprains are no joke, so this isn't a surprise. Tyreke Evans (knee) is nearing a return anyways, so Cole won't be returning to a significant role. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 20 - 12:44 PM

Norris Cole (ankle) still has no timetable to return to the court.

Cole is dealing with a high ankle sprain, so this isn't really a surprise. "We’re taking it step by step, not skipping any steps," Cole said of the rehab process. "I’ll know when it’s ready and I can be back out there." There is no reason for Cole to be owned in fantasy leagues at the moment, while guys such as Toney Douglas and Ish Smith will benefit from his absence for the foreseeable future.
Nov 6 - 1:41 PM

Norris Cole suffered a high left ankle sprain on Monday and is out indefinitely.

Not good and he could miss up to six weeks. The Pelicans want to give Jrue Holiday a minutes restriction, so they would have had to play Cole noteworthy minutes. If he can't get ready for the opener we should see a ton of Tyreke Evans at the one and they will also certainly look to sign someone.
Oct 12 - 6:37 PM

Norris Cole officially signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pelicans on Thursday.

Cole averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per game with the Pelicans last year, and he'll help backup Jrue Holiday this season. At best, Cole can be viewed as a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Sep 17 - 4:14 PM

Norris Cole has reportedly signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pelicans worth $3.03 million.

Cole held out for some time in hopes of a larger offer coming his way, but the market just wasn't there for him this offseason. He'll look to prove his worth this season in a contract year with the Pelicans, but his value will be limited playing in a reserve role behind Jrue Holiday. However, Holiday has been extremely injury prone over the past two years, and there's been talk of him having a minutes limit throughout the regular-season, so there's a chance Cole is able to muster up some late-round value in deep leagues. Additionally, Marc J. Spears reports that Cole will have a key role in head coach Alvin Gentry's uptempo offense.
Sep 16 - 12:23 PM

It was 11 weeks ago that the Pelicans offered restricted free agent point guard Norris Cole a $3 million qualifying offer, but he remains unsigned.

It's fairly obvious that Cole believes he's worth more money than the Pels are offering, but it's also true that most teams have already spent their money and have completed their rosters. Cole played well in the absence of Jrue Holiday last season and the Pelicans want to keep him, but the fact he's still not signed casts some doubt on whether he'll be on the roster opening night.
Sep 15 - 9:22 PM

Anthony Davis reiterated that he wants the Pelicans to retain restricted FA Norris Cole.

"He did a wonderful job for us in the playoffs," Davis said. "When we brought him in with Dante [Cunningham] and Quincy [Pondexter], we definitely went to another level defensively." Cole has reportedly drawn interest from the Knicks and the 76ers, but New York can't offer him more than $1 million and the moribund 76ers aren't likely to exceed the $3 million qualifying offer he already has from New Orleans. It's likely that he'll reprise his role as Jrue Holiday's primary backup next season.
Aug 9 - 5:16 PM

The Knicks are reportedly interested in Norris Cole.

Cole is a restricted free agent and the Pelicans have made it clear that they want him back, and they will have the ability to match any offer he receives. The 76ers also have interest in Cole, but that should only help speed up the process of Cole re-signing with New Orleans.
Aug 5 - 10:13 AM

Anthony Davis is hoping that the Pelicans are able to bring back restricted free agent Norris Cole.

"As far as Norris, I haven't really talked to him," Davis said. "I'm kind of out of that situation, I'll let Dell [Demps] and Coach [Alvin] Gentry do what they do. I know they are going to make the right decision. But we definitely hope he can come back. We would definitely love to him back with no question. We know that they are doing their best to bring everybody back. He's one of those guys they want to bring back." The 76ers reportedly have some interest in Cole, but the Pelicans have made it clear that they want him back and it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides agree to terms soon.
Jul 30 - 6:29 PM

The 76ers have expressed interest in restricted free agent Norris Cole, according to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.

It's unclear if the Pelicans would match a lucrative offer for the 26-year-old, but Cole would make for an interesting signing for the 76ers. While he only averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.8 three-pointers in 25 games as a starter last season, Cole would see a big jump in his fantasy value if he ends up starting in Philadelphia.
Jul 14 - 1:01 PM

Restricted free agent Norris Cole is the top remaining free agent that the Pelicans will try to re-sign.

Cole was a pleasant surprise last season after he was acquired from the Heat, so it's not surprising that the Pelicans want him back. It's possible that Cole could leave New Orleans this summer if he gets a significant offer from another team, but the Pelicans have the ability to match any offers. If Cole does end up returning to the Pelicans, expect him to be the primary backup to Jrue Holiday.
Jul 5 - 9:31 AM

The Pelicans have extended a qualifying contract offer to Norris Cole.

This makes him a restricted free agent. Cole did well in a backup role for New Orleans upon being acquired from Miami and could re-sign in the same role if the two sides can make the money work.
Jun 29 - 2:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Ish Smith
3Toney Douglas
4Norris Cole
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Dante Cunningham
2Quincy Pondexter
3Alonzo Gee
4Tyreke Evans
5Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Kendrick Perkins