Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Jimmer Fredette is considering playing for Olimpia Milano next season, sources told Sportando.

The team made an offer to Fredette, who could very well use some time abroad to rebuild his stock stateside. It's also possible that Fredette never returns to the NBA if he goes overseas, so he's got to weigh his options carefully. Regardless, the Jimmer is not a fantasy option whether he's playing in the United States, Italy or on Mars.
Source: Sportando
Jul 6 - 10:09 AM

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

Dante Cunningham agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Pelicans.

The Pelicans dropped over $225 million on their big men on Wednesday, so they were lucky to spend a lot less here. Cunningham is not a fantasy factor.
Jul 4 - 3:02 PM

Patric Young signed a deal with Olympiacos.

He turned down a deal from Olympiacos just three days ago, but he changed his mind. Perhaps he wasn't in line to get much playing time with the Suns or Clippers in summer league. While Young is in incredible shape, he needs to work on the basketball side of things.
Jul 2 - 9:13 PM

The Pelicans and Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year, $58 million deal.

Holy cow. It's the last deal of a wild day and it is perhaps one of worst buys with $44 million in guaranteed money (the 2019-20 season isn't guaranteed). Asik wasn't a great fit next to Anthony Davis, but maybe coach Alvin Gentry can turn him around. The Pelicans have spent $200 million on the players that figure to get almost all of their center minutes this year. Asik isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 2 - 12:01 AM

Omer Asik and the Pelicans are expected to have a deal done on Wednesday night.

The Pelicans have already thrown over $160 million in contracts to their frontcourt and it should be interesting to see how much money Asik will get. He isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 1 - 11:06 PM

Anthony Davis was working on his 3-pointers at a workout on Wednesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry is going to unleash Davis and we, for one, are excited for our one-browed overlords. While he does carry more risk in fantasy than guys like Stephen Curry or James Harden, the upside is one of the highest of any player in this century. Also, you have a love a guy getting a $145 million extension and working out that day.
Jul 1 - 10:17 PM

The Pelicans are in discussions to re-sign unrestricted free agent Omer Asik.

With the Pelicans already signing Alexis Ajinca today, it'll be interesting to see how much money they give Asik. Last season didn't really work out and Anthony Davis was at his worst next to Asik, especially down the stretch.
Jul 1 - 3:34 PM

Alexis Ajinca will sign a four-year, $20.2 million deal to remain with the Pelicans.

Ajinca was a solid option off the bench for the Pelicans last season with averages of 6.5 points, 4.6 boards and 0.8 blocks in just 14.1 minutes per game, so this deal was a great value. It's possible that Omer Asik leaves in free agency, so Ajinca could be pressed into a larger role if that is the case.
Jul 1 - 1:58 PM

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have verbally agreed upon a five-year, $145 million deal.

Well, that was quick. Davis will have a player option for the fifth year but Pelicans fans can breathe easy with this news. Davis is quickly establishing himself as one of the best players in the NBA and it will be exciting to see what he can do with Alvin Gentry at the helm. For obvious reasons, Davis is still the frontrunner to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues.
Jul 1 - 12:02 AM

The Pelicans will reportedly make a push to bring back Omer Asik as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Asik really doesn't do a whole lot aside from rebound, so if the offers get too high for New Orleans' liking, they will likely let him walk. If the Pelicans are unable to retain Asik, they will likely shift their focus to other unrestricted free agent centers such as Robin Lopez or Tyson Chandler. Asik averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and just 0.7 blocks per game during the 2014-15 season, so he's not going to be a strong fantasy option regardless of where he lands.
Jun 30 - 2:24 PM

The Pelicans could extend Anthony Davis on a five-year, $143 million deal this summer.

That is justifiably max money for the best young big man in the game. Davis has already proven he's capable of being the best big man in the NBA, so he would just need to stay healthy to live up to that kind of contract. He's the frontrunner to be the top pick in fantasy leagues, especially with Alvin Gentry as his head coach.
Jun 30 - 2:20 PM

The Pelicans have given C Jeff Withey a qualifying contract offer, making him a restricted free agent.

New Orleans should be able to return Withey on a low-cost deal, and he should provide solid enough depth and insurance at the center spot.
Jun 29 - 2:08 PM

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

Patric Young, who will be in summer league with the Suns, has turned down a deal from Olympiacos.

Young is hoping to revive his career stateside, but he could always return to the international game at a later date.
Jun 29 - 9:38 AM

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