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Norris Cole | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Cleveland State
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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

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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

Norris Cole scored 16 points in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with one rebound and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field.

He was awesome before the break and scored 11 points in the second quarter. Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes and will likely have a minutes limit again on Saturday, but Cole is not usually this efficient. In other words, his playing time should be similar, but he'll likely score in single digits.
Apr 24 - 1:05 AM

Norris Cole scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 2 loss.

Cole made some key buckets but really his importance is on the defensive end, where he's the only guy that can stay in the same zip code as Stephen Curry. If the Pelicans are going to keep pushing the Warriors, they'll need to increase both Cole and Dante Cunningham's minutes (18) to match up with this Warriors squad.
Apr 21 - 1:19 AM

Norris Cole played 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, six assists, one block and no turnovers.

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he felt a little pop in his knee, so the Pelicans might have to roll with Cole a little more going forward. He had a few good games with the Heat in the postseason, but Cole hasn't exactly been reliable. The Pelicans will have an update on Evans on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 6:36 PM

Norris Cole came off the bench for 17 points, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.

The Lakers are notorious for giving up big games to opposing guards, and Cole shot it lights-out tonight. With Tyreke Evans healthy and handling the point guard duties for the Pelicans, it's hard to see Cole starting to do this on a consistent basis. Having said that, he's averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, meaning he might be worth a look if you're in a very deep league and need a healthy player.
Apr 2 - 2:27 AM

Norris Cole filled in at PG for Tyreke Evans (ankle) on Sunday, finishing a loss in L.A. with 12 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and four dimes.

It was a touch matchup vs. Chris Paul, which helps explain why he also had six turnovers before fouling out in just 26 minutes of action. Evans is day-to-day and could return as soon as Wednesday vs. the Rockets, so owners in weekly leagues may want to seek a more reliable option at PG.
Mar 22 - 6:27 PM

Norris Cole is expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined.

Cole has played pretty well since coming over to New Orleans with averages of 10.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He'll have some increased opportunity today, so he should be able to score in the teens while offering some 3-point shooting and assists. Give him a look if you're looking to close the gap in those categories.
Mar 22 - 2:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Tyreke Evans
2Jrue Holiday
3Norris Cole
SG1Eric Gordon
2Sean Kilpatrick
3Bryce Dejean-Jones
4Corey Webster
SF1Dante Cunningham
2Quincy Pondexter
3Chris Douglas-Roberts
4Alonzo Gee
5Luke Babbitt
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Kendrick Perkins