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John Salmons | Guard/Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/12/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 207
College: Miami (FL)
Contract: view contract details

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John Salmons (personal) upgraded to probable for Friday's game against Houston but did not play due to coach's decision.
Coming in with averages of 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, and not a single game with double-digit scoring this season, Salmons remains a negligible option in all leagues. We're moving him off the injury report. Jan 2 - 11:19 AM

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John Salmons (personal) will not play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

He was back in the rotation and was playing minutes in the teens, but he didn't even take a single shot in his 13 minutes on Saturday. Dante Cunningham will likely pick up a few extra minutes while Salmons is out.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:35:00 PM

John Salmons (personal) will miss Tuesday's game against the Suns.

There is much of a ripple effect for fantasy owners here as Salmons shouldn't be owned in even the deepest of leagues, but we should see more of Luke Babbitt, Austin Rivers, and Russ Smith on in Salmon's absence on Tuesday.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 01:48:00 PM

John Salmons (personal) has returned from the birth of his child and will play on Saturday.

He won't see enough minutes to warrant your attention in most fantasy leagues as long as Tyreke Evans is healthy. You can leave Salmons on the waiver wire for now.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 12:56:00 PM

John Salmons (personal) will not play on Monday night.

He is with his wife for the birth of their child. Salmons is barely seeing double-digit minutes and has no fantasy value. Russ Smith is active in his place.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 07:19:00 PM

In his Pelicans debut, John Salmons came off the bench for two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes, without attempting a single field goal or free throw.

New Orleans' rotation isn't set in stone and the SF position is particularly unsteady -- Tyreke Evans is slightly undersized as a starting SF and coach Monty Williams isn't sure whether Salmons, Darius Miller or Luke Babbitt will serve as Evans' primary backup. Salmons shot 36.3 percent last year, and tonight's dud nicely sums up his lack of fantasy value.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:50:00 PM

John Salmons is listed as the starter at small forward for the Pelicans on Saturday.

He's competing with Luke Babbitt and Darius Miller, so he looks to have the upper hand right now. While starting gets a lot of fanfare, Salmons is still not worth drafting in almost any league.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 06:16:00 PM

John Salmons appears to be in the running to start at small forward for the Pelicans, but several things would have to take place to make it happen.

First of all, this assumes that Eric Gordon comes off the bench and Tyreke Evans starts at shooting guard, and not small forward. The Hornets can say anything they want, but it's clear that Gordon and Evans seem to make the most sense as starters on the wings. If Gordon does come off the bench and Evans starts at SG, Evans would have to beat out Darius Miller and Luke Babbitt for the job. Our guess is that Gordon and Evans will both start and the other three guys will come off the bench. But if Salmons does somehow win a starting job, he'll be worth keeping a close eye on early in the season.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 07:37:00 PM

John Salmons has officially signed his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Salmons' contract is for $2 million, according to Eric Pincus of He will join the Pelicans' rotation as a role player, but could see more minutes if (when) Eric Gordon goes down with an injury. Salmons may eventually return some fantasy value in extremely deep leagues, but most fantasy owners can bypass the 34-year-old on draft day.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:43:00 AM

ESPN is reporting that John Salmons will sign with the Pelicans.

He's not expected to see major minutes, that could quickly change as soon as Eric Gordon gets hurt. The Raptors recently traded Salmons to the Hawks, who cut him in order to clear as much cap space as possible, even though there's not much left to pick from in the free agency pool.
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 04:21:00 PM

The Atlanta Hawks will officially waive John Salmons on Thursday.

The Hawks had been waiting for the free agency period to officially start before waiving the newly-acquired Salmons. Now that the free agency period has officially begun, the Hawks will quickly cut ties with Salmons and buy out his $1 million contract.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 11:08:00 AM

The Hawks won't be releasing John Salmons on Monday before the free agent period starts.

The plan is to extend the deadline between the two sides to July 10, and this may be among the most uneventful news of the night.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 10:01:00 PM

John Salmons was traded to the Hawks on Sunday, though Atlanta is expected to quickly buy out his contract for $1 million.

The deal is all about saving salary-cap space for the Hawks, and Salmons will soon enter the pool of unrestricted free agents. The 34-year-old swingman made 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers last season but shot just 36.3 percent overall, and fantasy owners should shun him in all but the deepest formats.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 08:47:00 PM

John Salmons could be traded to the Grizzlies in a deal for Tayshaun Prince.

The Raptors would also get the 22nd pick in the deal, which would be a big win for the Raptors despite taking on Prince's $7.7 million next year. Salmons has a roster bonus coming on July 1, so he'll be waived by the Raptors if they don't ship him out of town. He wouldn't have fantasy value with the Grizzlies at full strength.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 04:24:00 PM

John Salmons will likely be waived by the Raptors if he's still on the roster on June 30.

The Raptors would pay $1 million and save $6 million with Salmons on the roster during July. He wasn't much of a factor for the Raptors since they acquired him in the Rudy Gay deal, averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 boards and 1.7 assists in 60 games with the Raptors.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 07:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Nate Wolters
3Jimmer Fredette
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Quincy Pondexter
3Luke Babbitt
4John Salmons
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey