Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pelicans have given C Jeff Withey a qualifying contract offer, making him a restricted free agent.

New Orleans should be able to return Withey on a low-cost deal, and he should provide solid enough depth and insurance at the center spot.
Jun 29 - 2:08 PM

The Pelicans have extended a qualifying contract offer to Norris Cole.

This makes him a restricted free agent. Cole did well in a backup role for New Orleans upon being acquired from Miami and could re-sign in the same role if the two sides can make the money work.
Jun 29 - 2:07 PM

Patric Young, who will be in summer league with the Suns, has turned down a deal from Olympiacos.

Young is hoping to revive his career stateside, but he could always return to the international game at a later date.
Jun 29 - 9:38 AM

The Suns have added Patric Young to their Summer League roster.

Young averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds playing overseas in Turkey last season, and he'll see if he can get a commitment from an NBA team putting his skills on display during Summer League. He's a long shot to make an NBA roster, and even if he does, he won't have any value in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 28 - 6:07 PM

The 76ers were ordered to pay the Pelicans $3 million last season for not fully disclosing Jrue Holiday's injury history back in 2013, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Holiday was traded for Nerlens Noel in the draft, but this report says that Holiday had stress fractures in his lower right leg in his last season with the 76ers. Holiday has dealt with leg fractures in each of his last two seasons and has needed surgery in each instance. The 76ers have denied the report.
Jun 28 - 2:33 AM

Alvin Gentry said that he is excited to work with Tyreke Evans in New Orleans.

"I'm probably as excited about [Evans] as anyone on the team," said Gentry. "Playing in the open court is going to help his game." Evans had a quality season with the Pelicans during his 2014-15 campaign, putting in averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game. However, he had a lot of opportunity to run the offense with Jrue Holiday unavailable for much of the season. Gentry's uptempo system should help Tyreke's fantasy value, but having a healthy Holiday in the rotation could complicate things.
Jun 23 - 3:26 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wants Anthony Davis to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.

The Pelicans new head coach recently said Davis is the best player in the NBA not named LeBron James and told Davis how he thinks the 22-year-old can get even better. "I want you to continue to work and expand your range," Gentry said to Davis. "You should be a good corner three-point shooter." Davis only made three of 27 career three-point attempts, but he would become the unanimous top overall pick in 2015-16 fantasy drafts if he can add a three-point shot to his game.
Jun 23 - 1:53 PM

Patric Young is "chasing" an NBA deal with the Clippers in summer league, a source told David Pick of Basketball Insiders.

Young has excelled overseas in the rebounding department, and although he could continue his career abroad, he wants to test the NBA waters before doing so. Young signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans last offseason, but he didn't survive on the roster for very long.
Jun 22 - 1:10 PM

Jimmer Fredette, who is an unrestricted free agent, admitted that he's still searching for the right fit in the NBA.

"You try to find the right fit and the right team with the right system and the right coach at the right time. If you get an opportunity, you’ve got to try to take advantage of it," he said. Fredette said he's talking to "several teams," and he's going to figure out his next move at some point in July. Despite his status as a veteran, Jimmer may need to play in summer league for a team to give him a legitimate chance.
Jun 22 - 9:07 AM

Anthony Davis may not immediately sign a contract extension with the Pelicans when it is offered to him on July 1, according to a source close to Davis.

Davis reportedly loves New Orleans, but before committing to the team for the next five years he'd like to see how Dell Demps manages the roster, in addition to spending some time with newly appointed head coach Alvin Gentry. Davis will have between July 1 and October 31 to accept the offer, so there's really no rush from Davis' perspective to immediately ink his name to a five-year deal.
Jun 18 - 6:39 PM

Eric Gordon will exercise his option to remain with the Pelicans for the 2015-16 season.

He had his second productive season in a row in 2014-15, averaging 13.4 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 treys in 61 games. After playing in just nine games during his first season with the Pelicans/Hornets back in 2011-12, it looked like the Pelicans would've done anything to get him off the books. Now with Alvin Gentry running the show, Gordon has a chance to be a top-10 guy from beyond the arc.
Jun 17 - 9:02 PM

Alvin Gentry, who is set to become the head coach of the Pelicans after helping the Warriors win the NBA Finals, told Anthony Davis to expect a championship in the future.

"Right back here, [Anthony Davis]," Gentry said to the cameras while celebrating. "This is where we're coming - right back here, A.D." It didn't take long for Gentry to start thinking about the future in New Orleans, and seeing him with a championship ring will likely provide Davis with some hope. Gentry has already said that he believes Davis was underutilized on offense this season, so it will be exciting to see what he has planned for his superstar.
Jun 17 - 9:54 AM

Pelicans beat writer John Reid suggests there is a "slim possibility" that New Orleans will pursue Jimmer Fredette in free agency.

"Fredette didn't improve his value in a reduced role this season," Reid writes. The fourth-year guard averaged a mere 3.6 points on 38.0 percent shooting in 2014-15 and he didn't play a single minute in the playoffs. He's a dubious fantasy option no matter where he lands this summer.
Jun 16 - 11:00 AM

Eric Gordon said he will make a decision on whether or not to pick up his player option worth $15.5 million in "the next week or so."

"It’s hard to turn down money like that when you can go forward into next year, when the cap is going to go up like crazy," he said with a smile. "That’ll be a great year for free agents. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to let people know here in the next week or so." Gordon sums up everything in this quote, $15.5 million is a lot of money to pass up for a player that his been hampered by injuries for most of his career, and it's unlikely he could command that kind of salary on the open market. With the cap expected to make a dramatic leap in 2016, Gordon would be wise to delay his free agency until then, and all signs are pointing towards him opting in.
Jun 12 - 10:42 AM

Eric Gordon is reportedly leaning towards opting into his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2015-16 season, according to a source who is close to Gordon.

Updating an earlier item, it seems as if Gordon is closer to making up his mind on his approximately $15.5 million player option for next season. While Gordon brings a lengthy injury history onto any fantasy roster, he is capable of returning solid mid-round value in 2015-16 if he can stay on the court.
Jun 11 - 1:41 PM

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