Player News - Pelicans

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The Pelicans will monitor Jrue Holiday's workload at practice this month.

"We are trying to be smart with his comeback," Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going." Holiday is still not at 100 percent, but expects to be ready to go when the season starts. He's a risky pick after his season-ending leg fracture last season.
Oct 1 - 7:25 PM

Hornets coach Monty Williams confirmed that Jrue Holiday (fractured right tibia) practiced on Tuesday with "no hiccups at all."

Holiday looked good, by all reports, and should be fully recovered after getting shut down last January with the injury, which eventually required surgery. His turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his FG percentages aren't great, but he's a terrific source of assists and steals with enough 3-point range to give him top-50 upside.
Oct 1 - 12:22 PM

Ryan Anderson confirmed that he "felt good" after practicing for the first time since herniating discs in his neck last January.

"I didn’t have any moment [during practice] where I got hit or anything like that," Anderson said. "It was a normal day." He's been playing pickup games with teammates for two weeks and appears set to play without restrictions on opening night. He's a 3-point dynamo who won't hurt you in any categories, making him a nice risk vs. reward pick in the late-middle rounds.
Oct 1 - 12:20 PM

Jimmer Fredette said he spent a lot of time "trying to get to know all the defensive schemes" with coach Monty Williams.

''That’s what we worked on this morning, trying to get into terminologies and also know just what coach wants," Fredette said. It's no secret that Fredette's biggest weakness is on defense and that will likely keep him from minutes. Russ Smith led Las Vegas Summer League in assists per game and probably has the inside track for the backup point guard minutes. Fredette can be ignored in most leagues even though Tyreke Evans (hamstring) is hurt.
Sep 30 - 9:32 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) went through practice on Tuesday.

He had a practice with contact a couple weeks ago, but he said on Monday that he's only at 70 percent. Holiday's injury was one of the stranger circumstances of last season, so we'll be looking for any sort of info we can leading up to the regular season. He's a risky target in the middle rounds for now.
Sep 30 - 7:32 PM

Ryan Anderson went through Tuesday's practice and showed "no sign of rust from injuries," according to Jennifer Hale of FOX Sports.

Coach Monty Williams said Anderson had a happy step and a good mojo entering training camp. He was cleared for contact earlier this month, but the team will likely ease him back into action. It's still unclear what his role will be and where he'll get his minutes, but he should still have no problem scoring in the teens while making at least 2.0 treys per game.
Sep 30 - 7:27 PM

Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said that Ryan Anderson could play some small forward in specific situations this season.

Williams also stressed that he doesn't want to force Anderson to play against the more mobile small forwards in the league, so it probably wouldn't be too often we see Ryno at the 3-spot. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in the Pelicans rotation, but it's doubtful Anderson will be able to return to last season's averages of 36 minutes per game with Omer Asik in town, and Anthony Davis as the starting power forward. Still, Anderson will be able to provide fantasy owners with some stellar 3-point shooting from the power forward position, but due to the uncertainty of playing time he remains a risky mid-round selection with some upside in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) said he feels he's only at 70 percent in terms of his recovery from shin surgery, and he'll be brought along slowly in training camp and preseason to avoid any setbacks.

Jrue suffered a stress fracture to his right tibia that caused him to miss 48 games last season, but before going down he averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 3.1 turnovers. He should be able to return to those averages this season, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:05 PM

Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said that while Tyreke Evans (hamstring) is not a small forward, he will likely see some time there this season.

In other words, the Pelicans will likely use a three guard lineup consisting of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, and Evans. It's still not clear if Evans starts, or comes off the bench as the teams' sixth man, but he'll still be a primary component of the Pelicans' offense regardless of how he enters games. Evans is a late-mid round target heading into drafts.
Sep 29 - 3:15 PM

Tyreke Evans has a right hamstring strain and is expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

He suffered the injury in a pickup basketball game last week and is rehabbing in New Orleans right now. Evans hasn't had any hamstring problems since 2012, so this isn't a recurring issue. He is expected to be cleared before the season opener, but this news makes it more likely that Eric Gordon stays in the starting lineup. Plus, Russ Smith, Austin Rivers and possibly Jimmer Fredette could get more run in the second unit during camp. Despite the injury, Evans is still a late-middle round target in standard leagues.
Sep 27 - 3:21 PM

Russ Smith appears to be entering training camp ahead of Austin Rivers on the point guard depth chart.

Tyreke Evans will still get some run at the point, so Smith is still not a lock for minutes in the teens just yet. He was phenomenal at Las Vegas Summer League, so he'll be worth watching over the next month. If something happens to Jrue Holiday, Smith could find himself on the fantasy radar.
Sep 27 - 10:18 AM

The Kings signed Trey Johnson and David Wear to their training camp roster.

Both players are not expected to make the team. Johnson is a guard who was released by New Orleans back in 2012.
Sep 26 - 9:26 AM

John Salmons appears to be in the running to start at small forward for the Pelicans, but several things would have to take place to make it happen.

First of all, this assumes that Eric Gordon comes off the bench and Tyreke Evans starts at shooting guard, and not small forward. The Hornets can say anything they want, but it's clear that Gordon and Evans seem to make the most sense as starters on the wings. If Gordon does come off the bench and Evans starts at SG, Evans would have to beat out Darius Miller and Luke Babbitt for the job. Our guess is that Gordon and Evans will both start and the other three guys will come off the bench. But if Salmons does somehow win a starting job, he'll be worth keeping a close eye on early in the season.
Sep 24 - 7:37 PM

Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said that he'll be a "full go for everything" when the Pelicans begin training camp.

"From five weeks after surgery [in mid-April] I've been doing a lot of lifting," Gordon said. "I definitely want to be an All-Star. I've come close a couple of times. For the past three years, injuries have slowed me down." Offseason optimism is always heart-warming, but the reality is that Gordon's knees have caused him to miss 141 games over the past four seasons.
Sep 23 - 7:21 PM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams likes what Omer Asik can bring to the team.

"Omer is a defensive center that rebounds and plays great position defense and he has great drive and character," said Williams. That pretty much sums up what Omer will bring to your fantasy squad, rebounding, some shot blocking, and not much else. Asik can be viewed as a rebounding specialist, and because of his minimal contributions in other statistical categories, he shouldn't be targeted until the very late rounds of drafts.
Sep 22 - 4:50 PM

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