Player News - Pelicans

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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 29 - 10:43 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is "definitely coming back," a source told John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Demps has been on the hot seat as a result of some questionable personnel moves and his team's disappointing season, but according to this report, it doesn't seem like ownership is prepared to make a change following an injury-ravaged campaign in which it was difficult to evaluate Demps fairly. Despite Demps looking safe for now, there is still no defending his decision to re-sign Omer Asik last summer.
Apr 25 - 10:16 AM

Monty Williams is not expected to return as an assistant coach for the Thunder next season.

Williams' wife was involved in a fatal car crash back in February, and he has been away from the team ever since that tragic incident. While Williams is expected to be a part of the Team USA coaching staff this summer, it's unclear exactly when he'll be ready to return to the sidelines for a full 82-game season. We wish him and his family the best.
Source: News OK
Apr 19 - 6:35 PM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he will give Anthony Davis (knee) more opportunities to be the "go-to guy" next season.

"He’ll continue to grow as a player," Gentry said. "He just celebrated his 23rd birthday. He wants to be great. I think you’ll see him get stronger and he’ll become a better post-up player. I think his mid-range shooting game has been great. He made 35 threes this year, after making [three] his whole career before that. I also think you’ll see him become more of a go-to guy. I think he wants to do that, and we’ll give him more opportunities for him to do that." Davis is looking at a three-four month recovery from knee surgery and will be a risky pick in fantasy next season due to his durability concerns despite the obvious upside.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 11:29 AM

Jarnell Stokes has won the D-League's Most Valuable Player Award.

Stokes won the award playing with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and should get a shot to make the Heat's roster during training camp. Still just 22 years old, Stokes has some upside, but he's not on the radar in most fantasy leagues just yet.
Apr 14 - 1:23 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said he isn't worried about Anthony Davis (knee) long-term.

Gentry said it's just a matter of time and rehab for Davis, so there's nothing to worry about for 2016-17. Gentry also added that Davis will mostly play power forward next season in order to keep him away from playing against bigger players, so that's good news for his fantasy prospects. While Davis is a risky fantasy proposition due to his injury potential, he still possesses No. 1 overall pick upside for owners who are willing to roll the dice.
Apr 14 - 12:40 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday is part of the Pelicans core.

Gentry said Holiday and Anthony Davis are the core of the team moving forward and added that Holiday had a fantastic season once his minutes restriction was lifted. While Holiday didn't stay healthy this season, his injuries didn't involve his troublesome leg and his post-All Start Break averages of 21.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers per game point to a breakout 2016-17 season.
Apr 14 - 12:30 PM

Omer Asik set a career-high with 24 points vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-13 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes.

The Pelicans were running on fumes tonight and Asik was their only healthy center beyond Kendrick Perkins, so he wound up playing nearly double his season average (17.1 mpg). The Wolves' defensive efficiency (105.5) ranks 27th in the league since the All-Star break, moreover, so the table was set for a rare high-scoring game from Asik. This has no bearing on his poor outlook for 2016-17.
Apr 14 - 12:51 AM

Tim Frazier handed out 15 assists vs. the Wolves, adding six points on 3-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and one steals in 36 minutes.

Alvin Gentry said before the game, "This is one of those [seasons] you flush down the toilet and you move on to what can happen in the future." It's a reasonable sentiment given the immense amount of games his team lost to injuries this year, but at least Frazier has been a bright spot late in the season. He has a $1.2 million qualifying offer and could draw substantial interest as a restricted free agent.
Apr 14 - 12:50 AM

James Ennis followed up Monday's 29-point game with 28 points vs. the Wolves, making 11-of-20 shots with six 3-pointers, two rebounds and one steal.

Ennis has been auditioning for a new contract as an impending unrestricted free agent, and he rose the occasion with averages of 25.0 points and 4.3 triples in his past three games. Bear in mind that he's getting all the touches he wants on a decimated roster, and it's hard to envision him having standard-league appeal next season.
Apr 14 - 12:50 AM

Toney Douglas made 6-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs to finish Wednesday's road loss with 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and a pair of 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

Douglas is averaging 21.0 points and 2.2 triples in his past five games, a strong finish aided by unchallenged minutes in New Orleans' thinned-out backcourt. This game was a fitting finale for the Pelicans, who used 41 different starting lineups and lost more than 340 games due to injuries this season.
Apr 14 - 12:49 AM

Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

Ajinca will join 10 other Pelicans on the sidelines for Wednesday's regular-season finale, and his absence will translate to major minutes for Dante Cunningham and James Ennis. Omer Asik and Kendrick Perkins will be the only healthy centers on the roster for Wednesday's game, but even with just seven healthy players on the roster, Asik and Perkins are not great targets.

Luke Babbitt (illness) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

Well, the Pelicans are just a tad shorthanded. We should see a ton of the red-hot James Ennis tonight along with more Dante Cunningham and Jordan Hamilton.
Apr 13 - 5:51 PM

Ryan Anderson (sports hernia) will miss the Pelicans' regular-season finale Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

Injuries again have ended Anderson's season early, and he'll finish his 2015-16 campaign with averages of 17.0 points, 6.0 boards and 2.0 triples through 66 games. He's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the prototypical stretch-four figures to earn a massive payday on the open market. He'll be worth a mid-round selection in next year's drafts, despite the injury risk.
Apr 12 - 7:04 PM

Updating a previous report, Alexis Ajinca (shoulder) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Minnesota.

If he's able to give it a go, Ajinca should see a ton of minutes as one of the few remaining able bodies on the roster. If he's out, it'll be Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbitt getting all the burn they can handle. Check back for another update closer to Wednesday's tip.
Apr 12 - 7:00 PM


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