Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center.
Sep 14 - 9:42 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision.
Sep 13 - 10:27 AM

Jrue Holiday (leg) participated in a contact practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's taken on contact since being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right tibia back in January. Holiday was taking part in workouts last month, but taking contact already bodes well for him being 100 percent at training camp. He was fantastic before his injury in his first year with the Pelicans, so he could be a nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: NOLA.com
Sep 11 - 7:20 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) is getting back in shape and expects to "play with the guys" next week.

Anderson said he is increasing contact after working conservatively through rehab and started running in early August at a 24-hour gym in Sacramento. The 26-year-old added that his neck injury last season helped re-ignite his passion for the game and get mentally stronger. While Anderson will likely come off the bench for the Pelicans in 2014-15, he will be a valuable 3-point asset for fantasy owners if they're willing to take the risk on him in the middle rounds of drafts.
Sep 11 - 1:39 PM

Jimmer Fredette says the New Orleans Pelicans have told him that his role with the team will be to just be himself and score.

Fredette has had a difficult time being his college self during his three NBA seasons as he's only averaged 6.9 points, 1.0 3-pointers, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 179 career games. While he could help fantasy owners in deep fantasy leagues in the 3-pointer category, The Jimmer is better left undrafted in standard leagues.
Sep 11 - 1:18 PM

David Anderson has signed with ASVEL Villeurbanne of the French Pro A league.

Anderson's deal is reportedly for two years and will likely squash any chance of the 34-year-old returning to the NBA. Anderson last played in the NBA during the 2010-11 season and holds no fantasy value outside of fantasy leagues that incorporate French Pro A league stats.
Sep 11 - 12:03 PM

The Pelicans have reached agreement on a contract with G Dionte Christmas, according to RealGM and Sportando.

Christmas isn't going to be someone you want to draft in fantasy, as the Pelicans are pretty deep at the guard position. There's also no word on whether it's a training camp invite or a contract that could put him on the opening-night roster.
Source: Sportando
Sep 10 - 9:10 PM

Omer Asik scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks during Turkey's semi-final loss to Lithuania on Tuesday.

Turkey's FIBA World Cup of Basketball run will end in the quarterfinals, but Asik had a strong showing during the tournament. The 28-year-old gutted through flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and will now prepare to provide fantasy owners with above average rebounding numbers that should him him pegged as a late-round target on draft day.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 9 - 1:39 PM

Omer Asik (flu) is in the starting lineup for Team Turkey's quarterfinal matchup against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, Asik was able to start at center on Tuesday for the Turkish national team. Asik has cooled off after a hot start to the tournament, but still makes for a solid late-round pick in fantasy leagues due to his potential to post gaudy rebounding numbers.
Sep 9 - 11:21 AM

Jimmer Fredette is excited to get a fresh start in New Orleans, and has been working hard this offseason to improve his defense.

"I've worked on a lot of different things," Fredette said. "The pick-and-roll game is real big in the NBA, so I've worked on that both offensively and defensively. I think being in Chicago helped me out on defensive schemes being able to get into the right positioning. I think that's improved my game." Fredette also added that Pelicans management wants him to "score the basketball," and they brought him in to be a 3-point threat off the bench. However, Fredette's career averages are unimpressive to say the least, and with a very crowded backcourt it would be shocking to see Fredette suddenly emerge into fantasy relevance during his fourth NBA season. He's not a target in standard leagues.
Sep 8 - 6:54 PM

Kevin Jones agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Pelicans.

It's just a training camp deal for Jones, who didn't get to play in the NBA after the Cavs waived him back in July 2013. He was up and down with the Cavs and their D-League team back in the 2012-13 season.
Sep 8 - 10:43 AM

Vernon Macklin agreed on a non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans over the weekend.

The former Piston played in Turkey last year and will try to join the Pelicans. New Orleans doesn't have too much frontcourt depth, but it's still going to be a tall order for Macklin to make the team.
Sep 8 - 10:20 AM

Austin Rivers thinks 2014-15 will be his breakout season.

"I was constantly working the entire summer," Rivers said. "I gained 10 pounds and I’ve got stronger in my upper body. This is my year…" He said he's worked on his mid-range jumper a lot, which had been a problem. Rivers is just a career 39.0 percent shooter, so he has his work cut out for himself.
Source: NOLA.com
Sep 6 - 9:33 AM

Omer Asik had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Turkey's win over the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Asik has cooled off since his huge 16 point, 20 rebound game against the Ukraine, but he still put up decent numbers across the board. Look for Asik to return solid fantasy value next season playing with budding superstar Anthony Davis.
Sep 4 - 5:05 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) has been cleared for contact in practice.

He said last week that he's expected to take contact in October, so this is great news for the sharpshooting forward. Anderson is likely going to come off the bench for the Pelicans next season, but he'll still have an excellent chance to make 2.5 triples per game. He's a risky mid-round selection with upside in standard leagues.
Sep 3 - 4:36 PM


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