Player News - Pelicans

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Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit.
May 21 - 2:25 PM

Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Tim Duncan and Andrew Bogut were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday.

The surprising omission here is Rudy Gobert, who helped the Jazz become the toughest interior defense after the break. However, he is a center, so it would have been tough for him to make it over DeAndre Jordan or Bogut. Although, it's not a tough case to make, especially since he played 575 more minutes than Bogut this season. Anthony Davis led the NBA in blocks per game, but his numbers with on-ball defense don't match up with Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green, the First Team forwards.
May 20 - 2:27 PM

John Calipari denied reports that he's interested in the Pelicans vacant head coaching position.

Updating a previous item, Calipari has taken to Twitter to respond to multiple reports saying that he's interested in the New Orleans job. "Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK," Calipari tweeted. Something tells us that this won't be the last we hear of this situation, so we'll keep the updates coming as we hear more.
May 19 - 1:24 PM

There is reportedly mutual interest between Kentucky head coach John Calipari and the New Orleans Pelicans regarding their head coaching position.

There have reportedly been conversations between the Pelicans and Calipari, according to league sources, but it the Pelicans don't appear to be willing to meet his financial demands to leave Kentucky. League sources said the Pelicans are willing to pay around $4 million to $5 million per season for their next head coach, so that would make it unlikely that Calipari leaves Kentucky for New Orleans. Stay tuned.
May 19 - 1:14 PM

Omer Asik is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he was noncommittal about re-signing with the Pelicans.

"It's not the time to talk about it right now," Asik said about his free agency. "But I think there is good stuff going on here. It's a young team and the future is good." Former head coach Monty Williams did say that the Pelicans were going to prioritize bringing Asik back, but it will be interesting to see what direction the franchise takes under the leadership of a new coach. Asik averaged just 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks during the 2014-15 season, so he won't be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts regardless of where he lands.
May 13 - 9:48 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that management viewed the decision to fire Monty Williams as best for the long-term success of the organization, and that there is currently no timetable on finding their next head coach.

Demps added that while he will be spearheading the head coaching search, it will ultimately come down to an organizational decision, and the status of the current assistant coaching staff's future with the Pelicans will be determined by the next head coach. So far, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mike Malone have been mentioned as possible replacements. Williams gave a very candid interview after his firing, which can be viewed in the link below. He is a class act, and should have no trouble finding his next coaching gig, although it may not be as a head coach.
May 12 - 4:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Monty Williams.

This comes as a bit of a surprise after Williams led the team to 45 wins and a playoff appearance in a tough Western Conference, despite dealing with a slew of injuries, but that's the business of being a head coach at the NBA level. There are now three head coaching positions open (Denver, Orlando, New Orleans), but the Pelicans are the only team that owns a true superstar in Anthony Davis. If Chicago's Tom Thibodeau is indeed ousted at the end of the season, he'll be a favorite for the New Orleans job, and it would be fascinating to see him mentor one of the leagues up-and-coming superstars.
May 12 - 1:03 PM

Monty Williams praised Quincy Pondexter's game on both sides of the ball for the Pelicans this season.

''He was huge (this season), not only on offense but on defense,'' Williams said. ''He had the ability to affect the game, and we liked his experience.'' Pondexter just had knee surgery last week, but he's expected to be ready well before training camp begins, and he should have a solid role in the rotation heading into next year.
May 11 - 9:18 AM

Jrue Holiday had successful surgery to remove a screw from a previously placed rod in his lower right leg, according to the Pelicans.

This sounds like it was a scheduled surgery to remove the rod and the team will have a timetable for his return in the future. This is Holiday's second surgery on his leg, which ended his season last year and kept him limited this season dating back to Jan. 12. In the playoffs, he played just 18.3 minutes per game with averages of 6.3 points, 1.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.7 steals. He'll be sliding in drafts next year for obvious reasons.
May 6 - 8:22 PM

Quincy Pondexter had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning and a return timetable will be announced soon.

While the prognosis is not yet known, this procedure is usually a 4-6 week recovering time. He played a little more while the Pelicans were missing guys like Jrue Holiday and will likely just see minutes in the teens while the team is at full strength. His contract is through the 2017-18 season.
May 6 - 3:29 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said re-signing Omer Asik is one of the big issues for next season.

Asik will have plenty of suitors as he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent, but he has a big supporter in Williams. The 28-year-old averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebound, and 0.7 blocks during the 2014-15 season, so while he's not the flashiest option for fantasy owners, he'll provide his owners with a solid base in rebounds no matter where he ends up next season.
Apr 28 - 1:53 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said there is concern with Jrue Holiday and the team's medical staff is evaluating how they can keep him on the floor.

Williams added that the team will work with Holiday's trainers in Los Angeles over the summer as they attempt to keep Holiday from missing extended time for the third straight season in 2015-16. The 24-year-old averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers this season, but missed more than 40 games for the second consecutive season. Holiday could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts, but he's obviously a risky proposition with his injury history.
Apr 28 - 12:29 PM

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said Eric Gordon played through a shoulder injury that could have shut him down for the season.

Williams said Gordon could have had shoulder surgery and missed the rest of the season, but played through the injury and had his best season as a Pelican. The 26-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers and provided a decent return for fantasy owners despite missing 20 games. While there's always the inherit injury risk with Gordon, he's worth a mid-round consideration in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 28 - 12:14 PM

Monty Williams said he's not worried about his job security after being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite the factions that don't think Williams should be retained as the Pelicans head coach, Williams isn't worried about his job security. "I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do," he said, "Not something I think about." Williams will likely get another chance to bring the Pelicans back to the playoffs after finishing as the Western Conference's eight seed, but anything is possible and we'll be keeping a close eye on his status.
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 10:17 AM

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