Player News - Pelicans

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Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said re-signing Omer Asik is one of the big issues for next season.

Asik will have plenty of suitors as he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent, but he has a big supporter in Williams. The 28-year-old averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebound, and 0.7 blocks during the 2014-15 season, so while he's not the flashiest option for fantasy owners, he'll provide his owners with a solid base in rebounds no matter where he ends up next season.
Apr 28 - 1:53 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said there is concern with Jrue Holiday and the team's medical staff is evaluating how they can keep him on the floor.

Williams added that the team will work with Holiday's trainers in Los Angeles over the summer as they attempt to keep Holiday from missing extended time for the third straight season in 2015-16. The 24-year-old averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers this season, but missed more than 40 games for the second consecutive season. Holiday could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts, but he's obviously a risky proposition with his injury history.
Apr 28 - 12:29 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said Eric Gordon played through a shoulder injury that could have shut him down for the season.

Williams said Gordon could have had shoulder surgery and missed the rest of the season, but played through the injury and had his best season as a Pelican. The 26-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers and provided a decent return for fantasy owners despite missing 20 games. While there's always the inherit injury risk with Gordon, he's worth a mid-round consideration in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 28 - 12:14 PM

Monty Williams said he's not worried about his job security after being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite the factions that don't think Williams should be retained as the Pelicans head coach, Williams isn't worried about his job security. "I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do," he said, "Not something I think about." Williams will likely get another chance to bring the Pelicans back to the playoffs after finishing as the Western Conference's eight seed, but anything is possible and we'll be keeping a close eye on his status.
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 10:17 AM

The Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a five-year max deal this summer that could approach $140 million according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

This is probably the easiest decision the Pelicans will ever make, as Davis has quickly become one of the best players in the NBA. The details of the contract could change depending on the new cap rules, but the Pelicans plan on offering him as much money as possible. The Warriors swept New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs, but Davis was simply sensational with averages of 31.5 points, 11.0 boards, two assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will be on the top of many draft boards in fantasy leagues next season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:53 PM

Anthony Davis had another explosion on the stat sheet during a Game 4 109-98 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 36 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 40 minutes.

The Pelicans' season is over and they had no chance against the powerhouse Warriors. Davis played his last five games against the Warriors (four times) and Spurs (once) and came away with averages of 31.4 points, 11.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.0 blocks on 52.2 percent from the field. There's no doubt he has the highest upside in fantasy next season and the only concern will be his health. He's absolutely a candidate to be the top pick in drafts next season.
Apr 25 - 10:41 PM

Eric Gordon scored 29 points during a Game 4 loss against the Warriors on Saturday with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Even though the Pelicans were swept, they had a nice season. Gordon was a very pleasant surprise, playing 61 games with averages of 13.4 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 treys. He played in every game since Jan. 5 and was a great pickup for fantasy owners. Still, just one season of staying relatively healthy isn't enough to consider him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 25 - 10:37 PM

Jrue Holiday scored four points with four assists and two turnovers in 17 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He really hasn't been 100 percent at all in 2015 and the offseason should help him. There will be a lot of concern next season surrounding his leg injury, so he's justifiably going to fall in drafts. He could wind up being a steal in the late rounds.
Apr 25 - 10:34 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) will try to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

He went through warmups and should be able to play minutes in the teens today. With Holiday active, there will be less playing time going to Norris Cole and Quincy Pondexter. Holiday is not a great fantasy option.
Apr 25 - 7:59 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) is a game-time decision to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

He played 17 minutes on Thursday and at best he'll have another minutes cap tonight. His brother, Justin Holiday, mentioned Jrue doesn't look the same, but Holiday actually looked decent on Thursday. If he's out, more minutes will go to Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole.
Apr 25 - 6:20 PM

Jrue Holiday is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 against the Warriors on Saturday.

The Pelicans are trying to avoid a sweep on Saturday, but it's encouraging to see that Holiday will be able to play through some soreness again. His playing time will be limited from here on out, so we don't expect to see him log more than 20 minutes tonight. It's safe to ignore him in daily formats, and it should be noted that his stock is going to be considerably low heading into fantasy drafts next season given his injury history. For what it's worth, Holiday scored 10 points with one rebound, four assists and one block in 17 minutes in Game 3.
Apr 25 - 1:31 PM

Anthony Davis is hoping to work on adding a 3-point shot to his arsenal this summer.

Here we go. Davis is quickly becoming one of the best players in the NBA despite being just 22 years old, and adding a 3-point shot seems like it would be unfair to the rest of the league. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep against the Warriors on Saturday, but they have to be feeling pretty good about the future with Davis averaging 30.0 points, 11.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game in his first postseason appearance.
Apr 25 - 12:18 PM

Anthony Davis scored 29 points during a heartbreaking 123-119 overtime loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding 15 boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

The Pelicans went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point lead, but they couldn't hold it due losing the fourth 39-19. Davis also missed some rebounds and one could argue Draymond Green just out-hustled him in that department. As for the offensive side, Davis has at least 22 shots from the field and eight attempts from the line in each of his playoff games. Maybe he'll be even more of an offensive weapon next season, which is scary from a fantasy perspective. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep on Saturday at home.
Apr 24 - 1:10 AM

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


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