Player News - Pelicans

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Bryce Dejean-Jones was calling for his girlfriend when an apartment owner shot him through a bedroom door, according to a report obtained by ESPN.

According to the report: "The owner picked [up] a firearm to defender his/herself and fired through the bedroom door killing Bryce. An autopsy is currently underway. It will take a couple weeks for toxicology to return, but it is unknown at this time if a substance played a part in the incident."
May 28 - 10:03 PM

Bryce Dejean-Jones allegedly was attempting to break into the apartment of "an estranged acquaintance" and "inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment" before he was shot, according to a statement from a Dallas apartment manager.

The details are still coming in on this tragic story. Dejean-Jones was shot in his abdomen and died at a hospital.
May 28 - 5:17 PM

According to the Dallas police, Bryce Dejean-Jones was killed early Saturday after he "kicked open the front door" to an apartment and the man sleeping inside woke up and shot him.

According to this report: "The commotion startled the man sleeping inside, who police say grabbed his handgun and 'called out' but got no answer. Police say Dejean-Jones then kicked the door to the bedroom — and the man fired. Dejean-Jones ran out of the apartment and 'collapsed in the breezeway,' police say. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died."
May 28 - 4:31 PM

Bryce Dejean-Jones has died.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen late Friday and bled to death. Dejean-Jones was 23 and got his big break into the league last year as one of the most exciting esoteric players in the league. Our thoughts are with his family.
May 28 - 3:11 PM

Anthony Davis took a $24 million loss for not making one of the three All-NBA teams.

Davis either had to be voted into the starting lineup for the Western All-Star team or make an All-NBA team to reach the bonus. Instead of $145 million over the next five years, Davis will now make $121 million. Davis is currently recovering from knee surgery and is expected to be ready in time for training camp, so hopefully he uses this as motivation for next season.
May 27 - 11:35 AM

Ryan Anderson is looking forward to his upcoming free agency.

Anderson will enter the market as an unrestricted free agent this summer and is looking forward to the experience. "For me, I want to play all the cards. I want to enjoy this process and see where New Orleans is at this summer," Anderson said. "I want to see where, I don’t know, Houston is at or Sacramento or Washington." We'll keep an eye on Anderson's destination, but he'll be a likely mid-round selection no matter where he ends up playing in 2016-17.
May 17 - 9:37 AM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is hoping to be ready when training camp begins.

Davis didn't want to discuss specifics of his rehab, instead opting for the standard response of "going well" while saying that he hopes to be 100 percent by the time camp rolls around. AD, the Pelicans' medical staff, his trainers and physical therapist John Meyer are all part of the consultation process in Davis' road to recovery, so there are plenty of knowledgable voices in the room. As an aside, Alvin Gentry wants Davis to develop "a stronger base" and also shoot "in the high 30s" from distance. As long as he's at it, maybe Davis could facilitate world peace, too. Jokes aside, it's clear Gentry is intent on developing all areas of The Brow's game as the Pelicans look to successfully build around him.
May 9 - 10:33 AM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 29 - 10:43 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "definitely coming back," a source told John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Demps has been on the hot seat as a result of some questionable personnel moves and his team's disappointing season, but according to this report, it doesn't seem like ownership is prepared to make a change following an injury-ravaged campaign in which it was difficult to evaluate Demps fairly. Despite Demps looking safe for now, there is still no defending his decision to re-sign Omer Asik last summer.
Apr 25 - 10:16 AM

Monty Williams is not expected to return as an assistant coach for the Thunder next season.

Williams' wife was involved in a fatal car crash back in February, and he has been away from the team ever since that tragic incident. While Williams is expected to be a part of the Team USA coaching staff this summer, it's unclear exactly when he'll be ready to return to the sidelines for a full 82-game season. We wish him and his family the best.
Source: News OK
Apr 19 - 6:35 PM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he will give Anthony Davis (knee) more opportunities to be the "go-to guy" next season.

"He’ll continue to grow as a player," Gentry said. "He just celebrated his 23rd birthday. He wants to be great. I think you’ll see him get stronger and he’ll become a better post-up player. I think his mid-range shooting game has been great. He made 35 threes this year, after making [three] his whole career before that. I also think you’ll see him become more of a go-to guy. I think he wants to do that, and we’ll give him more opportunities for him to do that." Davis is looking at a three-four month recovery from knee surgery and will be a risky pick in fantasy next season due to his durability concerns despite the obvious upside.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 11:29 AM

Jarnell Stokes has won the D-League's Most Valuable Player Award.

Stokes won the award playing with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and should get a shot to make the Heat's roster during training camp. Still just 22 years old, Stokes has some upside, but he's not on the radar in most fantasy leagues just yet.
Apr 14 - 1:23 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said he isn't worried about Anthony Davis (knee) long-term.

Gentry said it's just a matter of time and rehab for Davis, so there's nothing to worry about for 2016-17. Gentry also added that Davis will mostly play power forward next season in order to keep him away from playing against bigger players, so that's good news for his fantasy prospects. While Davis is a risky fantasy proposition due to his injury potential, he still possesses No. 1 overall pick upside for owners who are willing to roll the dice.
Apr 14 - 12:40 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday is part of the Pelicans core.

Gentry said Holiday and Anthony Davis are the core of the team moving forward and added that Holiday had a fantastic season once his minutes restriction was lifted. While Holiday didn't stay healthy this season, his injuries didn't involve his troublesome leg and his post-All Start Break averages of 21.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers per game point to a breakout 2016-17 season.
Apr 14 - 12:30 PM

Omer Asik set a career-high with 24 points vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-13 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes.

The Pelicans were running on fumes tonight and Asik was their only healthy center beyond Kendrick Perkins, so he wound up playing nearly double his season average (17.1 mpg). The Wolves' defensive efficiency (105.5) ranks 27th in the league since the All-Star break, moreover, so the table was set for a rare high-scoring game from Asik. This has no bearing on his poor outlook for 2016-17.
Apr 14 - 12:51 AM


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