Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands.
Aug 25 - 12:46 PM

Nate Robinson told SiriusXM NBA he wishes NBA teams would give him a fair chance to play again.

Robinson last made news in June when he expressed interest in playing in the NFL, but looks to be holding out hope for the NBA. The 32-year-old played in Israel last season and can be forgotten for fantasy purposes as he is unlikely to play in the NBA again.
Aug 25 - 10:37 AM

E'Twaun Moore is expecting to have a breakout season in New Orleans.

Moore is expecting to see a bigger role with his new team and cited that as one of the reasons he signed with the Pelicans. "Oh yeah, I definitely think this will be a breakout season for me," Moore said. "I’m not a 100 percent sure how Coach Gentry wants to do it, whether he wants me to come off the bench as a sixth man or start, but it doesn’t matter to me." While Moore could have some fantasy value if the Pelicans suffer an injury or two, he isn't much more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts at this point.
Aug 25 - 10:28 AM

Bo McCalebb has signed with Gran Canaria of Spain, according to David Pick.

McCalebb was unable to make the Pelicans roster last season and will again play in Europe for 2016-17. While the 31-year-old has had success overseas, he's never been able to translate that success to the NBA and won't have any fantasy value going forward.
Aug 25 - 9:48 AM

Jeff Adrien has signed a deal to play for Bnei Herzliya in Israel.

He was with the Pelicans during training camp last season, but couldn't crack the final roster. Adrien has played for five different NBA teams, but at 30 years old, his career in the states could be over.
Aug 21 - 9:11 AM

According to the Associated Press, the 2017 NBA All-Star game will take place in New Orleans.

The NBA hasn't officially announced their decision, but this was always the expected outcome since the game was moved out of Charlotte, NC. Expect an announcement from the league in the coming days.
Source: AP
Aug 19 - 9:34 AM

Jrue Holiday said that he's been able to do "explosive things" while working out on the court this summer.

"I haven’t had to key in on one injury," said Holiday of his offseason program. "I haven’t had a major injury, so that I had to take most of my time and worry about that. This summer has been more like the summers before I was injured or had the stress reaction, where I can [now] do a lot of explosive things [athletically]. It’s been great, feeling like I can do things with no restrictions." This will be Holiday's first healthy offseason in three years, and if he could just manage to stay on the court, he could turn out to be a steal on draft day. He's the epitome of a risk/reward pick.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 16 - 5:06 PM

Chris Copeland and Robert Sacre have both agreed to non-guaranteed training camp deals with the Pelicans.

With guys like Solomon Hill, Quincy Pondexter, Dante Cunningham, Cheik Diallo and Terrence Jones already on the roster on guaranteed contracts, it would be surprising to see Copeland last beyond training camp. Sacre, however, could carve out a spot for himself as the team's third-string center, although his fantasy value will be non-existent.
Aug 16 - 3:00 PM

Jrue Holiday (eye) is expected to wear protective goggle this season.

Holiday had a procedure in April that involved inserting a metal plate under his right eye to repair his orbital wall and will likely wear goggles to protect his eye. Holiday said he won't be under any restrictions when training camp starts, so he should still be on track for a breakout 2016-17 after a strong finish to the 2015-16 season.
Aug 16 - 1:49 PM

In an interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm, Monty Williams said that he's preparing himself to coach again.

The entire eight minute video is worth watching as Williams opens up about his wife, his past few months and what the future holds for him. After a tumultuous time period in his life, Williams appears prepared to get back to work on the sidelines once he's ready.. "I'll just take it one day at a time," Williams told the AP's Brian Mahoney. "Obviously working in the NBA is really important to me, but at the same time there's a few other things that need to happen for me to get back to that point." His outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 2:39 PM

The NBA is expected to soon announce that the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will take place in New Orleans, sources told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

New Orleans has been viewed as a favorite since the league decided to pull the game out of Charlotte, and it would be surprising if the league came to terms with another destination at this point. Assuming this goes down as expected, the move should make for an interesting All-Star Weekend, to say the very the least. There could be an official announcement as early as next week.
Aug 13 - 2:24 PM

Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban is interested in signing Jarnell Stokes.

He was the MVP of the D-League last season, averaging 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. It's surprising that he hasn't received much NBA interest, but he can probably make more money overseas.
Aug 12 - 12:09 PM

The Pelicans have reportedly extended a training camp invite to Chris Copeland.

The Pelicans have a ton of depth at both forward spots, so it'll be tough for Copeland to find himself a spot on New Orleans' opening-night roster.
Aug 11 - 7:11 PM

The Pelicans have extended a training camp invitation to Robert Sacre.

Kendrick Perkins is an unrestricted free agent, and unlikely to be retained by New Orleans, so Sacre could find himself a spot on the Pelicans' opening-night roster as their third-string center. However, as long as the team is healthy, Sacre's fantasy value will be completely non-existent.
Aug 11 - 5:11 PM

Pelicans Director of Player Personnel David Booth called the decision to sign Terrence Jones as an unrestricted free agent a "no-brainer."

"He’s athletic, he has good size, good strength," Booth said of Jones. "It’s an uncommon skill set. You saw flashes of him getting 30 points here or 20-something there, flashes of what we think he can do. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions, he can block shots and also switch on a pick-and-roll." Boothe did acknowledge that some injury riddled seasons have stunted Jones' growth as a player, but New Orleans is "betting on his upside," because they believe Jones will be playing with "something to prove." He could be worth a late-round gamble in draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 9 - 6:04 PM


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