Player News - Pelicans

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Tyrele Evans (knee, calf) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Thunder.

He's getting closer and he may have been able to play this weekend had he not had a calf issue. The Pelicans may be able to get him back in action this week, but he's fully expected to have a 15-minute limit for several games. He's going to be annoying to own for likely at least a month, but give him a look if you want to see if he can get it going.
Dec 3 - 4:51 PM

Anthony Davis is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

This is good news after Davis gave us a scare with a right shoulder injury. There wasn't any concern about him after the game, so he's apparently good to go. Coach Alvin Gentry did say the Clippers limiting Davis on Friday was "a little bit of both" regarding the defense and his injury.
Dec 3 - 3:14 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is not expected to play Sunday vs. OKC, per coach Alvin Gentry.

In addition to working his way back from surgery on his right knee, Evans is now dealing with tightness in his left calf. It is safe to assume Evans will have his minutes limited once he is finally healthy enough to suit up, but we still don't have a solid timeline as to when that will be.
Dec 3 - 2:06 PM

Tim Frazier scored eight points on 2-of-6 shooting and handed out eight assists with two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers on Friday vs. the Clippers.

Frazier's been trending in the wrong direction lately and he's averaging 8.8 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.6 triples and 3.6 turnovers on 38.5 percent shooting over his last five games. Jrue Holiday's move into the starting lineup is going to limit Frazier's upside, but if there's one positive, it's that Frazier hasn't played less than 31 minutes in eight straight games.
Dec 2 - 11:18 PM

Jrue Holiday was held to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one triple and one turnover in 28 minutes vs. the Clippers on Friday.

The Clippers are second in the NBA in defensive efficiency and this was a tough matchup for Holiday, so he gets a pass here. Holiday was averaging 17.1 points, 6.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in his previous seven, so we still think he can be an early-round asset the rest of the way if he can stay healthy and if the Pelicans are competitive in the West.
Dec 2 - 11:12 PM

Terrence Jones scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

His minutes have been all over the place, playing 26, 13 and 30 minutes in his previous three games. He did post a couple duds in his previous two, but for the most part he's been solid this season, posting averages of 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals. He should be owned in standard leagues, preferably by the owner of Anthony Davis.
Dec 2 - 11:04 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers and looked fine, scoring 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes.

He bumped into Marreese Speights in the first quarter and was in the locker room for about 10 minutes, but it didn't seem to bother him down the stretch. This isn't the same shoulder that had a partial tear last season, so there's no real concern here and we haven't heard anything about the Pelicans running any tests. He grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and one block and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.
Dec 2 - 10:57 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game.
Dec 2 - 9:04 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info.
Dec 2 - 8:43 PM

The Pelicans assigned Cheick Diallo to the D-League on Friday.

Diallo has appeared in six D-League games and is averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Diallo will likely bounce back-and-forth all season. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 2 - 12:40 PM

Chris Copeland signs with Tofas Bursa.

Turkish squad Tofas Bursa agreed to terms with Copeland, as reported by Eurohoops. The forward returns to Europe after four seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Pacers and Bucks.
Dec 2 - 9:31 AM

General manager Dell Demps said Buddy Hield is trying to find his way.

"Buddy, is a part of our future, I want to make sure I say that," Demps said. "And when the time is right, the time will come for him. I think this is all just a part of the process." So Hield has to trust the process? Kidding aside, Hield doesn't sound like he's going to get many minutes now that Jrue Holiday is back. He can be dropped in most leagues.
Dec 1 - 4:29 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he sees Tyreke Evans (calf, knee) in a role similar to the one Lance Stephenson had with the Pelicans.

That suggests Gentry wants to use Evans off the bench as a primary ball-handler. On the injury side of things, Evans did tightness in his left calf, which is a different leg from his right knee surgery that has kept him out this season. The Pelicans will certainly be limiting Evans for a very long time, so he may not be worth the trouble in standard leagues.
Dec 1 - 3:44 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee, left calf) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

Head coach Dell Demps said Evans experienced tightness in his calf and won't play on Friday. Demps did add, however, that Evans would be back "sooner than later." Evans should be stashed in deeper leagues, but he's unlikely to warrant a start in standard leagues until he's eased back into action over the next few weeks.
Dec 1 - 1:59 PM

Norris Cole has been released by Li Shuangfu of China.

Cole last played for the Grizzlies during the 2015-16 season and could end up back in the NBA for a team with a need at guard. We'll keep an eye on where he ends up, but Cole isn't worth stashing in any fantasy leagues.
Dec 1 - 11:10 AM


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