Player News - Pelicans

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Tyreke Evans scored just eight points with four rebounds, no assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes during a 143-114 blowout loss to the Nets on Friday.

The last time we saw Evans play the Nets, he busted out for 29 points. Of course, that was because he was on fire and Anthony Davis was out. He's going to be off for a couple days, so we'll see if he gets an increase on his minutes.
Jan 21 - 12:45 AM

Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

In the plus-minus stat, he managed an incredible -32. Coach Alvin Gentry insists on starting him to help on switches and perimeter defense, but it's costing him in other areas. He's worth a look in deep leagues, but his low upside makes him a low-demand player. He's actually been decent, as a top-200 player lately.
Jan 21 - 12:43 AM

Terrence Jones scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Coach Alvin Gentry is really just using Jones as a backup center behind Anthony Davis. With Davis banged up for the umpteenth time, Jones should still be held despite the dip in minutes. Besides, Jones has still flirted with standard league value even with Davis healthy for the most part. Just hold him and hope you hit the jackpot. In football terms, he's the Spencer Ware of handcuffs.
Jan 21 - 12:37 AM

Anthony Davis suffered a right quad contusion against the Nets on Friday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

That's yet another injury for Davis. In the last week, we have him down for bumps and bruises to the following areas: right quad, left hip, right hip, tailbone, left fingers, left thumb and right wrist. Before the injury, he was actually going off, but he was limping throughout the second half. He'll likely be on the injury report, but he has until Jan. 23 to get right.
Jan 21 - 12:22 AM

Alexis Ajinca is a healthy inactive for Friday against the Nets.

There is no reason to play him against the NBA's fastest team. In other news, Ajinca denied reports of him asking for a trade. He needs a lot of things to happen to get playing time.
Jan 20 - 7:49 PM

Anthony Davis was wearing right wrist wrap in warmups on Friday before the game against the Nets.

To be clear, he is fully expected to play without any restriction. Davis suffered a minor wrist injury on Wednesday, but he did return. He has recently suffered injuries to his left hip, right hip, right wrist, left fourth and fifth fingers, left thumb and tailbone in the last week. All that said, he could have a massive game today against the NBA's fastest team.
Jan 20 - 6:16 PM

Anthony Davis said that he will definitely do his best to take home MVP honors in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in New Orleans.

'I'm definitely going after trying to get MVP, especially here in New Orleans. 'Coach Gentry told me every time I catch it, put it up. So I'm going to go out there and represent the city and try to walk away with that MVP for sure," said Davis. The Brow also talked about how he is becoming more comfortable playing center. ''I like playing the four, but right now with the team that we have and the way we are playing with small ball, it's helpful and I'm beneficial to the team at the five."
Jan 20 - 9:18 AM

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the 76ers will take a "hard look" at Jrue Holiday.

The 76ers traded away Holiday to start "The Process" back in 2013, but he would be an interesting fit next to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philly. Holiday is set to become a free agent and several teams will be in the market for a PG including Philly, Orlando, New York and Sacramento, and the Pelicans are worried that he will walk this summer. It's not clear if the 76ers will entertain the idea of trading for Holiday when they can just wait until the summer to make him an offer, but this is something to keep an eye on as we approach the Feb. 23 deadline.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 11:32 AM

Tyreke Evans made the most of his 20 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

New Orleans' offense ran wild tonight and Evans looked great once again -- over the past five games he's now averaging 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 92.9 percent FTs, 1.6 triples, 3.2 boards, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals. He said he's "getting used to [a bench role], just coming off, being aggressive," and he needs to be in your active lineups in light of his recent success.
Jan 19 - 12:04 AM

Langston Galloway picked up 18 points on 5-of-8 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs on Wednesday, hitting four 3-pointers with three boards, three assists and zero turnovers in 31 minutes.

Galloway played the entire fourth quarter of the Pelicans' blowout win, so this needs to be viewed in context. He's played 30+ minutes six times all season and isn't a safe fantasy option while guys like Jrue Holiday, Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans are healthy.
Jan 19 - 12:03 AM

Terrence Jones played just 18 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

Jones also had a steal and a block, so it wasn't altogether terrible for fantasy purposes. The playing time is a concern, but with Donatas Motiejunas basically out of the rotation we expect T-Jones to see more run vs. the Nets on Friday. If you've owned him for any stretch of time this season, you already know that a ton of patience is required.
Jan 19 - 12:03 AM

Jrue Holiday stole the ball five times vs. the Magic on Wednesday, while scoring 14 points with five assists, two rebounds and two blocks in just 26 minutes.

The Pelicans have "tried something new" by going small lately, and coach Alvin Gentry noted that "it increases the pace" but makes it hard to compete on the boards. New Orleans wound up with a season-high 38 fast-break points tonight, and Holiday could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't out of hand in the fourth quarter.
Jan 19 - 12:02 AM

Dante Cunningham earned another start for the Pelicans on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and no other stats in 27 minutes.

The veteran came in shooting 38.9 percent this season, and he's typically a vacant fantasy option no matter how many minutes he gets. He belongs on the wire.
Jan 19 - 12:01 AM

Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn.
Jan 19 - 12:00 AM

Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight.
Jan 18 - 8:57 PM


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