Player News - Pelicans

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The Wizards have interest in signing Ryan Anderson.

It's a really nice fit with the Wizards dying for a power forward. Plus, John Wall (knee) is at his best when he's kicking out for 3-pointers. Anderson made 36.6 percent from deep last year and ranked second among Western Conference power forwards in total 3-pointers made (Mirza Teletovic).
Jun 27 - 6:42 PM

The Kings are targeting unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson.

He's from the area and the Kings will need some threes. They have invested their last two draft picks on bigs and their multiple-year free agent signing last year was a big in Kosta Koufos. However, their offense is going to need some spacing. Anderson would be their top 3-point shooter next year and would be a mid-round target.
Jun 27 - 4:07 PM

Buddy Hield believes that he's more than just a 3-point shooter.

"I showed this year I'm more than a shooter," he said. "I took guys off the dribble, went to the rim. Finished on everybody. Defenders had to face-guard me. They had to send two guys at me. That's not just a shooter. My 3-point shot is my greatest weapon because you can't leave me out there." Gentry has already said that he hopes Hield becomes a more complete player—specifically by working with Hield on his defense—so this is a good step in the right direction.
Jun 27 - 11:27 AM

The Pelicans are likely to allow Kendrick Perkins to depart via free agency, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Perkins is an absolute non-factor when it comes to fantasy hoops. Unless, of course, you play in a points league where scowls and technicals are two of the categories.
Jun 27 - 11:22 AM

The Pelicans are not expected to re-sign Norris Cole, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Cole only appeared in 45 games during the 2015-16 campaign, and he may be forced to take a short-term "prove it" type of deal from any interested club. Cole is unlikely to be a fantasy option unless he winds up in a paper-thin backcourt with playing time up for grabs.
Jun 27 - 11:19 AM

The Pelicans are not expected to make a "strong push" to re-sign Ryan Anderson, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

This is hardly a surprise, and it seems like both sides have been bracing for this outcome since long before the season officially ended. Ryno is looking for a big payday in free agency, and it's overwhelmingly likely to come from someone other than New Orleans. Depending on how it all shakes out, Anthony Davis could be spending a lot more time at the four than the five in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 11:18 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is looking to add a veteran small forward in free agency this summer.

"You know going into this summer obviously that's a position that we have to address," Demps said. "Last year, not having Quincy [Pondexter] really set us back. In the past, Tyreke [Evans] has actually really played well there. And going into last year, we thought we were going to have both of those guys and when we didn't, it did set us back." Names like Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, Allen Crabbe and/or Jared Dudley could make sense as potential targets.

Buddy Hield said playing with Anthony Davis will be like a "pick your poison" choice for NBA defenses.

"If he’s operating in the post, guys can’t double him," Hield said of Davis. "His ability to pick-and-pop, catch-and-shoot, that spreads the floor for everybody." The Pelicans were in the middle of the pack for 3-pointers made last year, but they are very likely going to lose their top guys for total treys, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. Davis and Hield should be counting on each other quite a bit.
Source: NBA.cm
Jun 25 - 6:12 PM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that one of his top goals is to turn Buddy Hield into a complete player.

"I think he's much more than a 3-point shooter and I think that's where the misception is," Gentry said. "He is a terrific scorer, but I think he's going to be a real solid defensive player and it's an area where I think he's continued to work and he'll get better at." Hield could be a starter right away if Eric Gordon leaves in free agency, so he's in a great spot to produce for fantasy owners.
Jun 25 - 12:52 PM

Cheick Diallo said he will stick to his strengths on the court while he develops the rest of his game.

"I just want to do my main things, I don't want to do anything different," Diallo said. ''I just want to listen and do whatever coach wants me to do. I want to block shots, rebound, and run the floor. Those are the three things I do best." Diallo will play in the summer league, but he has his work cut out for him if he wants to crack the rotation in New Orleans. He averaged just 7.5 minutes per game at Kansas, but he did have a nice showing at the draft combine.
Jun 25 - 12:45 PM

Cheick Diallo will play in Summer League.

Excluding when Anthony Davis played center, the Pelicans didn't get much out of their five spot. Now, they'll get a athletic rebounder with a 7'5" wingspan. Diablo is extremely way and only played 7.5 minutes per game at Kansas last year. He's not likely to be in the rotation this season unless the Pelicans get hit with the injury bug again.
Jun 24 - 5:39 PM

Buddy Hield will play in Summer League.

Coach Alvin Gentry said that Hield is more than just a shooter and he plays defense. "For some reason, guys that stay in school four years, they get penalized," Gentry said." The Pelicans fought off the injury bug on the wing all season and this summer Eric Gordon is almost a lock to be let go. Hield should be stepping into minutes for the start and is on the fantasy radar in standard leagues. It's a great landing spot for his fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 5:28 PM

Free agent PG Anthony Barber is expected to play for the Pelicans during Summer League.

The former N.C. State star, who is commonly known as Cat Barber, averaged a stellar 23.5 points during his junior season in 2015-16. He went undrafted but it didn't take long for New Orleans to offer him a make-good deal for Summer League. We'll let you know if the 6'3" guard makes waves during the offseason.
Jun 24 - 12:54 AM

The Pelicans have selected Cheick Diallo with the 33rd pick in the Draft.

The pick initially belonged to the Clippers, but they traded it to the Pelicans in exchange for the 39th and 40th pick. Diallo lived off the glass with 18 percent of his made buckets coming off offensive putbacks. However, he only played 7.5 minutes per game at Kansas and is nowhere near ready to be a regular contributor. On the other hand, he boasts a 7’5" wingspan and is 6’9".
Jun 23 - 11:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield with the No. 6 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

It’s all about the shooting for last year's Naismith Award winner. Hield really put in the extra work in the last 12 months, leading the NCAA in 3-pointers with a terrific 45.7 percent from deep in his senior year. The Oklahoma Sooner also put up an eye-catching 40-inch vertical in a workout last weekend. He is only 6’5", so he’s basically locked into just one position at shooting guard. Hield will be an immediate replacement for an injury-prone Eric Gordon, who is more than likely to be searching for a new home in free agency. From a fantasy perspective, it's a very nice landing spot for the 22-year-old as he enters his inaugural NBA season.
Jun 23 - 8:14 PM


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