Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Anthony Davis confirmed that he wants to remain in New Orleans and believes the Pelicans can make a playoff run in 2017-18.

Davis acknowledged that he had heard trade rumors about potentially getting shipped to Boston, but has ignored them since getting confirmation that the rumors were unfounded. "I understand it's a business, but if I don't hear anything from [GM Dell Demps] or my agent, I don't pay attention to it," said Davis. He also added that he thinks the Pels have enough talent to make some noise this season. "We definitely believe we have enough pieces on paper to make the playoffs. Not just make it, but actually make a run in the playoffs."
Aug 11 - 10:11 AM

Anthony Davis believes that the Pelicans can "make a run in the playoffs" next season.

"[A playoff berth is] what we are expecting," said Davis. "We definitely believe we have enough pieces on paper to make the playoffs, and not just make it, but actually make a run in the playoffs. Everyone is excited and everybody is prepared. It starts in training camp." It'll be interesting to see what Davis and DeMarcus Cousins can do in their first full season together, but Davis is right that on paper, New Orleans looks like they have enough talent to make a solid postseason run.
Source: NBA
Aug 9 - 10:13 AM

Donatas Motiejunas has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Shangdong Golden Stars of China.

The deal is reportedly for $3 million, but it's unclear if it includes an NBA out-clause. Either way, he'll begin the 2017-18 season overseas, so he's firmly off the radar in all formats.
Source: Sportando
Aug 8 - 3:06 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said his weight loss this summer has helped him feel probably the best he's felt in his career.

He said now that he's getting older he has to focus more on his body. Cousins did look a lot thinner in the Africa Game, so it wasn't just #MuscleWatch or something off social media. The Pelicans have some offensive changes coming as they look to adjust their style more to Denver and pick up their pace. Cousins was also bombing treys with the Pelicans and his usage rate held up nicely with Anthony Davis, so he's still a fine pick in the second round of drafts.
Aug 5 - 2:41 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said the game he is most looking forward to next season is playing against the Kings in Sacramento.

It's early August, but we already have our first 'revenge game' of the 2017-18 season mapped out. "I can’t wait. Oh, my God. I can’t wait. I’m praying it’s the first game. I just got a lot to get off my chest. I can’t wait," Cousins said on Wednesday. It's safe to assume that Cousins' ownership in daily fantasy contests that evening will be close to 100 percent.
Aug 4 - 10:20 AM

Pelicans sign G Ian Clark.

The Pelicans got a bargain on their hands and add some much-needed shooting. While Clark is too small to guard twos and he's likely not going to be a ball-handler, his range will help as the Pelicans attempt to adjust their scheme to be more like the Nuggets. Clark could compete for a rotation spot, but he'll likely need some players to miss time to have fantasy value in most leagues.
Aug 3 - 6:21 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans won't be a "walk-it-up, play slow team" for next season.

This isn't the first time Gentry has talked-up pace and usually nothing has come of it since his Phoenix days. The Pelicans were 13th in pace after the break last year, which is a shade slower than their ninth-ranked pace before the break. Rajon Rondo was at his post-Boston best when the Kings were first in the NBA for pace in the 2015-16 season, so maybe that'll help things along.
Aug 3 - 4:09 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said he's confident that a traditional lineup with him next to Anthony Davis can work.

"I think the game is actually playing into our hands," Cousins said. "I think me and [Davis] have a skill set that a lot of bigs don’t have in this league, or the league hasn’t seen in some bigs throughout the history of the game." A lot more teams are going smaller these days, and while the Pelicans had success on offense last season, they struggled on defense and posted a 7-10 record with those two together. Cousins has lost a lot of weight over the offseason and coach Alvin Gentry said he looks "terrific," and he'll have some extra motivation as he tries to prove he's worth a max contract in 2018.
Aug 3 - 10:21 AM

Ian Clark has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Pelicans.

Arguably the top free agent PG left on the market, Clark had to settle for a $1.6 million deal (he was looking for $8 million at the start of free agency), but he has a nice opportunity to increase his value for the Summer of 2018. The Pelicans plan to start both Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt, but Clark should be able to carve out a decent role as a combo guard off the bench. He shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range last season, so his floor spacing will be key for their superstar frontcourt of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans will also have to find minutes for Jordan Crawford and E'Twaun Moore, so Clark's value may be limited to deeper fantasy leagues.
Aug 1 - 7:18 PM

Charles Cooke has agreed to a two-way contract with the Pelicans.

The 6'5" undrafted guard averaged 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.7 3-pointers as a senior at Dayton and led his team to back-to-back A-10 Championships. With his two-way deal, he can spend up to 45 days with the Pelicans next season and the rest of his time developing his game in the G-League.
Jul 31 - 11:44 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said Ian Clark's "skills are appreciated by the Heat."

The Heat do have an open roster spot, but they already have quality depth at PG in Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson. Josh Richardson has proved that he can fill in there as well. Clark was initially looking for a deal in the $8 million per year range, but there aren't many teams with cap space left. The Heat do have a $4.3 million exception that they could use, but there's been no real indication that they're ready to spend it on Clark.
Jul 31 - 11:33 AM

Omer Asik (illness) will not play for Turkey at Eurobasket this summer.

Asik has been battling a gastrointestinal infection since February and the report adds that he's still getting treatment. There's no known timetable for his return, but at this point it's time to consider him questionable for the start of training camp in September. He's not a lock to be in the rotation next season and the Pelicans will obviously be shopping his awful contract.
Jul 30 - 12:20 PM

Donatas Motiejunas has received a strong offer to play in China next season.

Motiejunas' injury issues prevented him from securing a lucrative NBA contract last season, and he has yet to receive an NBA offer this summer either. Motiejunas has had interest from European clubs, but a team in the Chinese League has reportedly offered $1.5 million, which is his highest offer at this point.
Jul 29 - 11:18 AM

Jalen Jones' deal with the Pelicans is reportedly a two-way contract.

It was announced earlier this week that Jones had inked a deal with the Pels, but the terms were unknown at that time. Players on two-way contracts can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster, while spending the rest of the season in the G-League. Jones can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as it is extremely unlikely he will see significant playing time with the Pelicans.
Jul 29 - 9:31 AM

The Wolves have interest in Ian Clark, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

This report adds that Clark has turned down minimum offers. A report from Tuesday said that the Lakers aren't in for Clark anymore, which would've made a ton of sense with his former coach Luke Walton. Clark is arguably the best point guard on the market and he would be a fantastic fit as a backup with the Wolves for his shooting.
Jul 26 - 5:55 PM


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