Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Jrue Holiday (leg) has been training at a facility in the San Fernando Valley, and he has progressed to weight-bearing exercises with his right leg.

He had a screw removed from his right tibia on May 6 and it's still unclear whether he'll be fully healthy for training camp, but his odds look good for opening night. The Pelicans are poised for another playoff push this season but they're unlikely to get far if Holiday is once again plagued by injuries -- he's missed 90 games over the past two seasons, which will cause him to plummet in fantasy drafts.
Aug 2 - 2:30 PM

Pelicans waive G Toney Douglas.

They avoid guaranteeing his deal and he will become a free agent. Douglas played in just 12 games last season with the Pelicans, making just 37.3 percent from the field. He'll likely get a camp invite somewhere.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 7:29 PM

A decision regarding the contract of Toney Douglas will be made shortly, but the expectation is that he will be waived by the Pelicans.

Douglas latched on with the Pelicans last season due to a slew of injuries, but his chances of making the 2015-16 roster were never good. The Pelicans are also hoping to re-sign Norris Cole, so Douglas isn't really needed anyways. We will pass along additional details when we know more.
Jul 31 - 1:11 PM

Anthony Davis is hoping that the Pelicans are able to bring back restricted free agent Norris Cole.

"As far as Norris, I haven't really talked to him," Davis said. "I'm kind of out of that situation, I'll let Dell [Demps] and Coach [Alvin] Gentry do what they do. I know they are going to make the right decision. But we definitely hope he can come back. We would definitely love to him back with no question. We know that they are doing their best to bring everybody back. He's one of those guys they want to bring back." The 76ers reportedly have some interest in Cole, but the Pelicans have made it clear that they want him back and it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides agree to terms soon.
Jul 30 - 6:29 PM

Quincy Pondexter, who had arthroscopic left knee surgery on May 6, put off an MRI so that he could play in the postseason.

"[The MRI revealed] a laundry list of things that we had to get fixed," Pondexter said. "It's all good, I'm getting healthy. Hopefully, I'll be ready by the time training camp starts." Q-Pon could start at SF this season if coach Alvin Gentry opts to use Tyreke Evans as a versatile sixth-man, but even at full health Pondexter isn't likely to provide more than a handful of 3-pointers.
Jul 28 - 7:36 PM

Kendrick Perkins has officially signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed as per team policy, but the deal is believed to be a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Perk will serve as a mentor to Anthony Davis in New Orleans, but he won't provide any fantasy value in deep leagues and can be ignored on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 12:08 PM

Anthony Davis said he likes the direction the Pelicans are headed in.

Davis said he is pleased with the direction of the Pelicans after signing a long-term deal to remain the face of the franchise. "I just felt comfortable here. I like the team. I like the direction that we’re heading in. I like the guys who are playing by my side," Davis said. "I have a lot of trust in our organization and what they’re doing." Davis brings some injury risk to any fantasy team, but his upside is just too much to pass up if owners are lucky enough to land the first overall pick in their fantasy draft.
Jul 28 - 10:27 AM

In his first public comments since signing his $145 million extension with the Pelicans, Anthony Davis endorsed Alvin Gentry as head coach.

While endorsing the organization and reiterating he wanted to be in New Orleans long-term, Davis specifically heaped praise on Gentry. It's certainly encouraging that the two already have such a warm relationship as Gentry looks to unleash AD's fury on the NBA.
Jul 27 - 11:23 AM

Omer Asik will not play for the Turkish National Team during Eurobasket due to back problems.

Asik is reportedly dealing with back spasms, and he recently left the Turkish training camp. His consultation with doctors had some bad results, but it's unclear how severe his back problems are. We will obviously be tracking this story closely, so we will let you know when we have an official update on the status of his back.
Source: Sportando
Jul 25 - 9:32 AM

Nate Wolters has officially signed a deal with Besiktas in Turkey.

Wolters was hoping to get another shot in the NBA during the summer league, but those hopes were dashed when he suffered a broken middle finger. It's possible that we will eventually see him get another chance with an NBA club, but it's safe to ignore him in fantasy leagues for the foreseeable future.
Source: Sportando
Jul 24 - 11:38 AM

Kendrick Perkins will serve in a mentorship role to Anthony Davis in New Orleans.

In other words, Perkins isn't there to play significant minutes. He's been completely irrelevant in fantasy hoops for five years now, and that won't change with the move to New Orleans.
Jul 22 - 10:34 AM

Kendrick Perkins and the Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum.

New Orleans splurged on their frontcourt this summer, giving new contracts to Anthony Davis, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca, and Perk is unlikely to get more than a handful of minutes per game. Suffice to say, the 12-year veteran struggled to crack the top-400 for fantasy value last season.
Jul 21 - 7:56 PM

Alvin Gentry said that in addition to using Ryan Anderson as a floor spacer during the 2015-16 season, he would like to see Anderson given more post-up opportunities.

"What people don't understand about Ryan Anderson is that he's more than just a spot-up shooter," said Gentry. "He's more than a guy who stretches the floor. He's got post-up skills. We can throw the ball to him down there. He can create a few things for us. We're going to try to incorporate all of those things into what we do as a system." Anderson had an up-and-down season last year, but it sounds like he'll have more opportunities in Gentry's uptempo system. He'll be worth a early-late round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 6:01 PM

Alvin Gentry said that will look to get Anthony Davis more touches on offense next season.

"The thing that I saw was that he was very efficient in transition, as far as percentage," said Gentry of Davis. "But he was extremely low as far as opportunities. So obviously, we have to get more opportunities for him." Davis posted a usage rate of 27.6 last season, but that will likely go up with Gentry at the helm. In addition to really focusing on putting the ball in Davis' hands, Gentry wants him to add a 3-point shot to his game, which makes his fantasy ceiling absolutely ridiculous. He'll be the No. 1 overall selection in a lot of fantasy drafts next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 5:55 PM

Gal Mekel is trying to land a deal in the NBA, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Mekel has standing offers from several Euroleague teams, but is currently in talks with three NBA teams. While it seems like Mekel is intent on playing in the NBA next season, he won't carry much fantasy value as a bench player no matter where he lands.
Jul 21 - 10:16 AM


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