Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

E'Twaun Moore (personal) will not play Saturday vs. the Mavericks.

The Pelicans backcourt is already incredibly thin after New Orleans traded away Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Tim Frazier and Hollis Thompson will see extended minutes on Saturday. It's possible that the Pels choose to start Frazier alongside Jrue Holiday.
Feb 25 - 12:22 PM

New Orleans is waiving Omri Casspi (thumb) and will sign Reggie Williams.

Casspi broke his thumb on Thursday night and will miss 4-6 weeks. The Pelicans, in a push to capture the eighth seed and sneak into the playoffs, can't afford to wait for him to return. Williams played for the Pelicans earlier this season. He appeared in five games in December and averaged 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. Williams can be left on the waiver wire, as he likely won't see consistent minutes over the final two months of the season.
Feb 24 - 8:14 PM

The Pelicans will waive injured forward Omri Casspi in order to sign Reggie Williams.

Casspi is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb, but this is still a bit surprising. We wouldn't expect another team to sign Casspi while he's on the shelf, so leave him on the wire. Reggie Williams likely won't have much value either and this should give Solomon Hill a slight boost.
Feb 24 - 8:12 PM

Omer Asik (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Mavs.

Asik is not expected to be in the rotation with DeMarcus Cousins in the fold.
Feb 24 - 6:11 PM

The Pelicans announced Omri Casspi was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

This confirms the reports from Thursday night after Casspi made his Pelicans debut. He was playing very well in this 24 minutes with 12 points, but now the team will have to turn more to Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham.
Feb 24 - 3:01 PM

Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jack has not appeared in an NBA game since he tore his ACL while playing for the Nets in January of 2016. The signing makes sense, as New Orleans had a need for a guard after trading away Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Still, Jack can be left on the waiver wire until he proves he is healthy and can still be productive.
Feb 24 - 11:11 AM

Dante Cunningham returned from a personal absence on Thursday and had five points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench.

He might see a few more minutes a night with Terrence Jones being waived, but as long as DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are healthy, Cunningham is going to struggle to be productive.
Feb 23 - 11:33 PM

Hollis Thompson made his Pelicans debut on Thursday and played five minutes, scoring three points.

Right now, only E'Twaun Moore, Tim Frazier and Thompson are available to play shooting guard for the Pelicans, while SF Omri Casspi suffered a broken thumb tonight. Moore's the guy to own here, in part because he's starting, but Frazier and Thompson are also worth keeping a close eye on over the next few games.
Feb 23 - 11:23 PM

E'Twaun Moore started at shooting guard on Thursday and hit just 2-of-6 shots for six points, three boards, three assists and a steal in 23 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Omri Casspi broke his thumb tonight and the Pelicans are already depleted on the wings after the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Moore should be better than this on most nights and the low minutes were in part due to the blowout factor. He still looks like an interesting pickup in fantasy, as he only has Tim Frazier and Hollis Thompson to compete with for minutes right now. If you picked him up hoping for a big night, give him another chance or two before pulling the plug.
Feb 23 - 11:21 PM

Jrue Holiday hit just 3-of-12 shots and missed all six 3-point attempts for six points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 35 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Holiday was dealing with a new lineup, featuring DeMarcus Cousins and was facing a stellar defensive unit in the Rockets. The minutes were there and it may just take him a few games to figure out how to use his newest big man going forward. We're not overly concerned about Holiday, who has been playing at a very high level, so let's see how the next one goes before panicking.
Feb 23 - 11:18 PM

Anthony Davis hit 8-of-21 shots and 13-of-16 free throws for 29 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Davis looked good in the debut of DeMarcus Cousins, but the Pelicans were run out of the gym tonight. It looks like Davis and Cousins are going to get along swimmingly, but the Pelicans will have to find a way to win with the two studs playing in the front court together.
Feb 23 - 11:16 PM

DeMarcus Cousins hit 11-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks in 35 minutes of his Pelicans' debut on Thursday.

The bad news is that the Pelicans lost 129-99 and a lot of the starters sat out down the stretch in garbage time. Boogie was a beast tonight, and even avoided a technical foul despite getting tangled up with Nene occasionally. Anthony Davis was also impressive, but the rest of the Pels were a mess. But as of now, it looks like Boogie and the Brow are not going to do too much damage to each other's stats.
Feb 23 - 11:13 PM

Omri Casspi reportedly broke his right thumb in Thursday's loss to the Rockets, according to ESPN's Justin Verrier.

Well his stint in New Orleans didn't last long at all after being traded by the Kings this week. He scored 12 points and played 24 minutes, but he's likely to miss close to the rest of the regular season. And it's not like he should have been owned in many leagues to begin with. His absence will mean even more minutes for starter Solomon Hill and newcomer Hollis Thompson.
Feb 23 - 10:47 PM

Alexis Ajinca will shift back to a bench role vs. Houston on Thursday.

DeMarcus Cousins is starting alongside Anthony Davis tonight, and that's about all fantasy owners need to know here. Ajinca doesn't have value while those two studs are healthy.
Feb 23 - 7:33 PM

Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins will start against the Rockets on Thursday.

We get a look at the new duo against a three-point barrage of the Rockets. Cousins was on pace for the second highest usage rate since Kobe Bryant in 2005-06, but it'll certainly be dropping on his new team. Expect his numbers to see a dip now that he has some help. He's still an elite fantasy option.
Feb 23 - 7:30 PM


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