Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Anthony Davis said he's very excited about the addition of Rajon Rondo and believes they will work together well.

"He and I will do very well in pick-and-rolls, especially the way I dive to the basket, or I can pick-and-pop," Davis said. "He’s great at finding guys at the right times with the ball. Anyone who’s been in pick-and-rolls with him has been very successful. Hopefully we can do the same thing." Davis' ceiling in fantasy isn't as high next to DeMarcus Cousins, as his usage rate dropped from 32.7 to 27.4 when DMC arrived in New Orleans. While he's still a lock to go in the first round, he always comes with a lot of risk because of the durability concerns.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 24 - 12:03 PM

Nate Robinson is hoping to return to the NBA next season.

Robinson has not been on an NBA roster since suiting up for two games with the Pelicans in October of 2015. Since then he has bounced around overseas and played in the D-League. Robinson has been active on social media recently, showing he still has plenty of life in his legs. However, it's unlikely he secures a spot in the NBA next season.
Source: USA Today
Jul 22 - 11:34 AM

The Timberwolves have reportedly expressed interest in free agent Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham opted out of a $3.1 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign and expected to get a raise after turning in a solid 2016-17 season. He averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 1.1 3-pointers. Cunningham also shot a career-high 39.2 percent from 3-point territory. Given his ability to defend multiple positions and knock down corner treys, it is surprising he has yet to secure a contract for next season.
Jul 21 - 11:23 AM

Rajon Rondo signed his one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Pelicans.

It's a fairly cheap deal on Rondo and it may have to do with how the Pelicans are willing to play him more minutes than most teams. Rondo is also going to get another $3 million to not play for the Bulls. He's expected to be used on two-PG lineups with Jrue Holiday, but Rondo isn't a player most fantasy owners should be targeting.
Jul 19 - 6:11 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the plan going into next season is to start Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard.

The Pelicans started both Tim Frazier and Holiday in the same backcourt frequently over the final month of the 2016-17 season, so Holiday has some experience playing off the ball. However, it will still be an adjustment for both Rondo and Holiday playing alongside each other. Nonetheless, this is good news for Rondo's fantasy value, as it means his playing time should be fairly steady and predictable. Rondo will rack up assists passing to Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Jul 18 - 11:49 AM

Rajon Rondo has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans re-signed PG Jrue Holiday to a massive contract earlier this month, but clearly feel comfortable playing him off the ball at times. New Orleans doesn't have much depth at shooting guard, with E'Twaun Moore and Jordan Crawford as the only two options currently on the roster. Thus, it is possible Rondo and Holiday play significant minutes together in the same backcourt. It will be difficult to predict just how much playing time Rondo will see on a nightly basis until we get into training camp and the preseason.
Jul 15 - 11:45 AM

Cheick Diallo scored 13 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

That's another strong showing from the 2016 second-round pick. In his previous four games, Diallo averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 boards, 1.5 blocks and 0.8 steals, so he was among the best stat-stuffing players at the event this past week. Diallo has all but locked up a rotation spot and could be viewed as a handcuff in deep leagues. He showed he can play both the four and five this week, too.
Jul 13 - 5:58 PM

Quinn Cook scored 16 points with two rebounds, seven assists, three turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

He was one of the best scorers in Las Vegas and should be able to find himself on the roster even if the Pelicans do pick up Rajon Rondo. Cook did have a noteworthy 22-point game back on Apr. 8, but the Pelicans basically shut it down for the last week of the season.
Jul 13 - 5:51 PM

The Pelicans are meeting with Rajon Rondo on Friday about a possible one-year deal, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Despite re-signing Jrue Holiday to a massive contract, New Orleans is still interested in adding another point guard this summer. It was reported earlier in the week they had conversations with the Pistons about trading for Reggie Jackson. It doesn't appear any team is willing to offer Rondo a multi-year deal, as he recently met with the Lakers about a one-year pact as well. The Pels believe Holiday can be successful playing off the ball, but both Jrue and Rondo's fantasy value might take a hit if they shared a backcourt.
Jul 13 - 12:54 PM

Cheick Diallo scored 21 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Like he has all week, Diallo showed off plenty of offensive moves, especially in the low post. He almost certainly has played his way into the rotation, and it's possible his minutes increase if Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins need to miss time for any reason. Keep an eye on him during camp.
Jul 12 - 6:05 PM

The Pelicans are reportedly shopping Quincy Pondexter.

Knee issues have kept Pondexter off the floor for the past two seasons, and as recently as June 8, Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Pondexter's status for the 2017-18 season is still "a little uncertain." He's owed roughly $3.8 million next year in what will be the final year of his contract, so if the Pelicans are able to move him, he would likely go to a team seeking to free up cap space for free agency in 2018. Pondexter is firmly off the radar in fantasy hoops.
Jul 12 - 12:18 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers are still hopeful of signing Rajon Rondo despite committing $18 million to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Rondo met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday and should be considered the favorites to sign him. However, the Lakers can only offer a $4.3M exception, so it will be interesting to see if it's enough to bring him to Los Angeles. Rondo would likely come off the bench and be a mentor to rookie Lonzo Ball, so he wouldn't have much fantasy value with the Lakers.
Jul 12 - 12:50 AM

Rajon Rondo reportedly met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday.

With the Knicks using up most their cap space to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker, they don't really have the money to offer Rondo anything more than the minimum, so he might be forced to take whatever deal the Lakers offer him with the point guard position filled on most teams around the league. Rondo would likely be asked to serve in a mentorship role to Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles, which would likely result in a value-killing timeshare situation, so not ideal for fantasy hoops.
Jul 11 - 6:44 PM

Cheick Diallo (quad contusion) will not return to Monday's Summer League game vs. the Nets.

The Pelicans were down big by the end of the third quarter, so there's no need to push him at less than 100 percent. Diallo fell back to earth a bit on Monday with nine points (3-of-9 FGs), eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal, but he was one of the top performers in the Vegas Summer League in his previous two games with averages 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting. He has nothing left to prove, so the Pelicans could shut him down for the week.
Jul 10 - 7:17 PM

Cheick Diallo has added over 10 pounds to his frame since the end of the 2016-17 season.

He has spent the offseason working out in the gym and it's certainly showing, as he's been arguably one of the best players at the Vegas Summer League. Through the first two games, Diallo is averaging 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks, and he's shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and hasn't missed a free throw. "We always talk about Cheick’s motor," Pelicans assistant Jamelle McMillan said. "He runs like a deer. He can really move up and down the floor, which puts a lot of pressure on defenses and helps the rhythm and pace of your team." The 20-year-old big man has really expanded his game and fantasy owners will want to run to the wire to pick him up if DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis miss time next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 10 - 9:37 AM


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