Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Alvin Gentry said Terrence Jones can play minutes at center.

This is music to the ears of the TJ backers. He's been very injury prone, but his ability to space the floor and size at 6'9", 252 pounds. Plus, he is an excellent fit next to Anthony Davis. The Pelicans stole him at the minimum and he could have an impact this year. He's a very nice sleeper late in drafts, especially with talk of Davis playing more five.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 3:07 PM

Alvin Gentry said that he's not set on starting a true center next to Anthony Davis each game this year.

With how awful Omer Asik has been during his time in New Orleans, it's not surprising at all to hear Gentry make this sort of statement. Gentry said that he'd consider starting Davis at the five spot for certain matchups, which could result in Terrence Jones earning some extended minutes as the Pelicans' starting PF. Jones is coming off a down-year, but he offers a decent amount of upside and is worth a late-round pick on draft day. The same cannot be said for Asik, who isn't really worth drafting anywhere.
Sep 28 - 1:05 PM

Alvin Gentry is encouraging Langston Galloway to take on more of a facilitating role in the Pelicans' offense.

"At first I didn’t think I would need the ball to be in my hands as much as I do, needing to facilitate," said Galloway. "Now I’m learning. Coach Gentry is staying on me, telling me ‘When you have the ball in your hands, you make great decisions.’ I keep the ball in my hands as much as possible and try to find my open teammates." Galloway could have a bit of an increased role in New Orleans while Jrue Holiday (personal) is out, but he's just been too inconsistent throughout his career to consider drafting him in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 11:44 AM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1.
Sep 28 - 10:47 AM

Tim Frazier is believed to be the frontrunner to open up the year as the Pelicans' starting point guard with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Frazier said that he told Holiday that he'd "hold down the fort" until he returns, and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him earn the gig for the starting point guard position after his impressive run during the month of April last season when he put in averages of 13.3 points and 10.4 assists per game while earning 33.4 minutes a night. With Holiday's potential return date uncertain, Frazier is well worth a late-round look on draft day.
Sep 28 - 10:40 AM

Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day.
Sep 27 - 3:59 PM

Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight.
Sep 26 - 3:52 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that the earliest Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) could return is in November.

"The next 2-4 weeks will give us a better understanding of when he’ll be ready to play," Demps said. "Best-case scenario for him would be November [to return], but it also could be December or January for him as well." With Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to miss the beginning of the season, Solomon Hill should be the heavy favorite to start at SF on opening night.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 26 - 2:55 PM

Alvin Gentry hinted that Cheik Diallo will need some time to develop into a rotational player for the Pelicans.

"[Diallo] didn't play a lot at Kansas, so it takes time to develop overall a guy like that," said Gentry. "We'll see how it goes." Diallo only averaged 7.5 minutes a game during his one-and-done season at Kansas, and while he does offer some upside with his ability to rack up the boards and blocks, he likely won't be on the court enough during the early goings of the season to make a difference in most leagues.
Sep 25 - 5:35 PM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

"Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Sep 25 - 10:25 AM

Buddy Hield is focused on improving his defense early in training camp.

Some of the things Hield is working on include "knowing when to pull in and help on defense, seeing man and ball, little things, working on schemes, closing out right, knowing personnel – who can shoot, who cannot shoot – and who Coach wants to put at the [foul] line." We expect an inconsistent first year for Hield on both ends of the floor, and his biggest challenge may be adjusting to the physicality of the game on each side of the ball.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 4:29 PM

Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 2:39 PM

Tyreke Evans revealed that he developed a blood clot in his calf after his most recent knee surgery.

This definitely helps to explain why Evans is taking a slow road back to action. "I had to take a step back, but I kept working hard in my rehab," he said. Doctors have told Evans not to rush his return, and the swingman also said he's not aware of any concerns that doctors have about the clotting being an ongoing issue. Between all of his recent knee surgeries, an uncertain timeline to get back on the floor and the news of a blood clot, it's virtually impossible to recommend burning a draft pick—even in the later rounds—on the former Rookie of the Year.
Source: PBT
Sep 24 - 2:37 PM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 2:30 PM

Pelicans sign G Quinn Cook.

The former Duke PG averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 boards and 1.2 steals per game on 46.6 percent shooting in the D-League last season, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. The Pelicans need some help at point guard with Jrue Holiday away from the team, so Cook could make the 15-man roster and provide some depth behind Tim Frazier.
Sep 24 - 1:17 PM


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