Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

The Magic have reportedly expressed interest in signing unrestricted free agent Eric Gordon.

The Knicks, Rockets and Grizzlies will also be in the mix to land the oft-injured guard, but the Pelicans have said they won't make a strong push to re-sign him. The talent is there, but Gordon just can't ever seem to stay healthy. He'll be a risky guy to spend a draft pick on next season.
Jun 30 - 6:30 PM

The Rockets are reportedly working towards getting a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson.

Anderson would be an amazing fit in Mike D'Antoni's system, so the Rockets may be one of the more realistic teams to nab the stretch-four during free agency. The Jazz, Nets, Lakers, Wizards, Grizzlies and Kings are also said to be in pursuit of Anderson, but Houston and Brooklyn would make for the best fit in terms of fantasy hoops.
Jun 30 - 5:09 PM

The Knicks are reportedly interested in free agent Eric Gordon.

The Knicks have a big need for a shooting guard and the injury-prone Gordon played AAU with Derrick Rose, so this potential signing could make a lot of sense. While Gordon is a risky draft day selection, he did averaged 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.5 three-pointers last season and could be a late-round steal if he ends up signing with the Knicks and staying healthy.
Jun 30 - 9:37 AM

The Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in Ryan Anderson.

The Jazz have also been rumored to be interested in Luol Deng and Solomon Hill, but the Jazz plan to be aggressive in pursuing Anderson as well. We'll keep an eye on the unrestricted free agent as July 1 approaches, but Anderson would likely come off the bench for the Jazz so signing in Utah wouldn't necessarily be the best thing for his fantasy value.
Jun 30 - 9:20 AM

Alonzo Gee will become an unrestricted free agent after declining his player option with the Pelicans.

Gee's season ended in late March with a torn right quad muscle, finishing his seventh NBA season with modest averages of 4.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.9 steals in 22.2 minutes per game. With the salary cap rising a minimum contract would represent a raise from his $1.4 million player option and (if he's healthy enough to compete at training camp) Gee stands a good chance of securing a guaranteed deal.
Jun 29 - 10:58 PM

The Pelicans will not give James Ennis a qualifying offer.

Ennis will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, though the Pelicans reportedly "would like to bring him back if [the] numbers work out." New Orleans could have retained the right to match any contract by giving Ennis a $1.2 million qualifying offer, and their decision not to doesn't bode well for his future in Louisiana.
Jun 29 - 8:59 PM

The Pelicans have extended a qualifying offer to Tim Frazier.

Frazier had an impressive run filling in as the starting point guard for New Orleans towards the end of the season when most of the team was injured, but he's not going to be able to replicate those numbers next season when everyone comes back healthy. New Orleans will have the ability to match any offer Frazier signs on the open market, and with how good of a fit he was with the Pelicans, it would be surprising to see them let him go.
Jun 29 - 11:59 AM

The Lakers, Rockets, Wizards, Grizzlies and Kings are all reportedly in the running to sign Ryan Anderson as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Rockets aggressively pursued Anderson at the trade deadline this past season, and the fantasy prospects of Anderson playing in Mike D'Antoni's system is quite alluring. Anderson also had the Wizards on his wish list of preferred teams to go to at the deadline, so the interest there is mutual. Anderson is reportedly looking to join a playoff contender, so if the Lakers or Kings truly want him, they'll likely have to overpay. For what it's worth, Anderson was born and raised in Sacramento.
Jun 29 - 9:29 AM

The Wizards have interest in signing Ryan Anderson.

It's a really nice fit with the Wizards dying for a power forward. Plus, John Wall (knee) is at his best when he's kicking out for 3-pointers. Anderson made 36.6 percent from deep last year and ranked second among Western Conference power forwards in total 3-pointers made (Mirza Teletovic).
Jun 27 - 6:42 PM

The Kings are targeting unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson.

He's from the area and the Kings will need some threes. They have invested their last two draft picks on bigs and their multiple-year free agent signing last year was a big in Kosta Koufos. However, their offense is going to need some spacing. Anderson would be their top 3-point shooter next year and would be a mid-round target.
Jun 27 - 4:07 PM

Buddy Hield believes that he's more than just a 3-point shooter.

"I showed this year I'm more than a shooter," he said. "I took guys off the dribble, went to the rim. Finished on everybody. Defenders had to face-guard me. They had to send two guys at me. That's not just a shooter. My 3-point shot is my greatest weapon because you can't leave me out there." Gentry has already said that he hopes Hield becomes a more complete player—specifically by working with Hield on his defense—so this is a good step in the right direction.
Jun 27 - 11:27 AM

The Pelicans are likely to allow Kendrick Perkins to depart via free agency, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Perkins is an absolute non-factor when it comes to fantasy hoops. Unless, of course, you play in a points league where scowls and technicals are two of the categories.
Jun 27 - 11:22 AM

The Pelicans are not expected to re-sign Norris Cole, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Cole only appeared in 45 games during the 2015-16 campaign, and he may be forced to take a short-term "prove it" type of deal from any interested club. Cole is unlikely to be a fantasy option unless he winds up in a paper-thin backcourt with playing time up for grabs.
Jun 27 - 11:19 AM

The Pelicans are not expected to make a "strong push" to re-sign Ryan Anderson, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

This is hardly a surprise, and it seems like both sides have been bracing for this outcome since long before the season officially ended. Ryno is looking for a big payday in free agency, and it's overwhelmingly likely to come from someone other than New Orleans. Depending on how it all shakes out, Anthony Davis could be spending a lot more time at the four than the five in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 11:18 AM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps is looking to add a veteran small forward in free agency this summer.

"You know going into this summer obviously that's a position that we have to address," Demps said. "Last year, not having Quincy [Pondexter] really set us back. In the past, Tyreke [Evans] has actually really played well there. And going into last year, we thought we were going to have both of those guys and when we didn't, it did set us back." Names like Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, Allen Crabbe and/or Jared Dudley could make sense as potential targets.


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