Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Anderson has been putting in work this offseason going through high intensity training with Pelicans strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin, and he reportedly looks "really thin."

"He moves a lot better," said Sumerlin. "He was jumping and dunking every play [in Los Angeles]. He’s been working." Anderson was a bit of a disappointment last season, only making it through 61 games to go with averages of 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers per game on 39.9 percent shooting from the field. However, he could have some more opportunities running in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense, so he'll be worth an early-late round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 2 - 12:09 PM

Pelicans' assistance coach Darren Erman has been working with Anthony Davis this offseason to improve his play on the defensive end.

"I think Coach Erman is one of the best in the league if not the best at defense," Davis said. "Every day when I’m on the floor I work on 15 or 20 minutes of defense. I’m working on everything and I think it’s going to help us when we have team practices." Specifically, Erman has been working with Davis to improve his reaction to pick-and-rolls, maintaining a proper defensive stance and closing out to live dribbles. Davis has been very busy this offseason working on every facet of his game, and he'll look to take another leap during his fourth NBA season. Yes, he should absolutely be the No. 1 overall selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 2 - 11:45 AM

Patrick Ewing Jr. has joined the Georgetown basketball staff as Director of Basketball Operations.

The Kings drafted Ewing Jr. in the second-round of the 2008 draft, but he never managed to get into a game in Sacramento. He spent some time with the Knicks, Rockets and Hornets, and also made some stops overseas, however it appears his professional basketball career is now over.
Source: Sportando
Sep 2 - 10:26 AM

Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

"I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year."
Aug 30 - 10:14 AM

Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.

"[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 2:29 PM

Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) will not play for France at EuroBasket next month.

Ajinca has felt some pain in his Achilles tendon and while the pain has not gotten worse, the Pelicans have forbid him to join his national team at EuroBasket. We'll keep an eye on Ajinca's status heading into New Orleans' training camp, but he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues as he's likely to serve a bench role behind Omer Asik and Anthony Davis.
Aug 27 - 12:47 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

While it's nice to hear that Holiday is progressing, Kushner also reports that Holiday will be eased back into action and will be on a minutes restriction to start the season. The 25-year-old possesses plenty of upside, but he's also missed 90 games over the past two seasons and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners.
Aug 27 - 12:34 PM

Gal Mekel has signed with Crvena Zvezda of Serbia.

"I'm excited to meet the best fans in Europe, win titles," Mekel said after signing a two-year deal with Crvena Zvezda. His deal does not have an NBA out clause, so it goes without saying that fantasy owners can ignore the 27-year-old for at least the next two years.
Aug 27 - 11:07 AM

Gal Mekel has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal to play for Crvena Zvezda of Serbia.

Mekel's contract does have an NBA out clause, so there's a chance he returns stateside before his two-year deal expires. That being said, Mekel isn't anything more than an end-of-the-bench kind of guy at the NBA level, so there's no reason to give him any attention in fantasy hoops.
Aug 25 - 6:00 PM

Jeff Adrien is finalizing a deal with the Pelicans.

It's likely a camp deal for Adrien, who was in China earlier this year. He might have a tough time making the roster.
Aug 24 - 9:58 PM

New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Anthony Davis "a generational player."

At just 22 years old, it's hard to argue. "It is up to us to make him as good as he can possibly be, and not settle for him to be less than great in this area or that area," Gentry said. "I told him that I have no doubt that he is going to be an MVP in this league." He didn't just stop there. "He is just a special player, and we can't set limits on him. We have to try to take him to a level that he didn't feel he could get to -- or that no one thought he could get to. We have got to make the sky the limit for him.''
Source: NBA.com
Aug 24 - 9:37 AM

The Pelicans officially signed Bryce Dejean-Jones to a training camp deal on Thursday.

Dejean-Jones averaged 12.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists during his six Summer League appearances with New Orleans, but he's a long shot to wind up on the regular-season roster.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 5:06 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis will play both power forward and center this season.

While Gentry said Davis will primarily player power forward, the Pelicans new head coach indicated he'd give Davis some run at center as well. "He'll be a four and a five in certain situations," David said. "The one thing I don't want to do is have him banging, night in and night out, against the Dwight Howards of the world. Physically, I don't think he's ready for that. And I don't want him to be that." While Davis comes with a bit of an injury risk, he has the most fantasy upside of any player in the league and will be a popular No. 1 overall pick on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 10:18 AM

Anthony Davis has spent time this offseason working with Pelicans assistant coach Kevin Hanson on developing his low-post skills.

"There is no way [shorter small forwards] should be able to guard him," said Hanson. "It’s just a matter of him getting more comfortable with his back to the basket. We’ve worked on him punishing guys with his back to the basket, and working on his footwork to create shots for himself." There were a handful of times last season when smaller players (Trevor Ariza, Rudy Gay, Draymond Green) were semi-effective in containing Davis due to his tendency to face up opponents in one-on-one situations, so Hanson is trying to rectify that. Davis is also said to be developing a 3-point shot and working on his passing, so the sky's the limit for the man that will be a very popular No. 1 overall selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 12:48 PM

Eric Gordon went through team workouts on Monday in Los Angeles.

Coach Alvin Gentry had a hand in Klay Thompson breaking out last season, so Gordon has a big opportunity in front of him. One interesting change from last season was Gordon increased his catch-and-shoot attempts in a big way. In 2014-15, a whopping 39.9 percent of his shots were of that variety, which was way up from 24.4 percent in 2013-14. He's at his best when he's off the ball, so expect Gentry to maximize that. If he's healthy, Gordon could be an nice sleeper and return some mid-round value, but we don't really trust him enough to take him there.
Aug 17 - 2:30 PM


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