Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Anderson scored 16 points during a blowout 114-88 loss to the Blazers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

He had some trouble defending Thomas Robinson tonight, but the entire team was abused this evening. Anderson's minutes in the mid-20s are safe and the disappointing play of Omer Asik could give him more run. He's capable of being a mid-round fantasy asset.
Dec 20 - 9:24 PM

Austin Rivers had a season-high 21 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 33 minutes.

He picked up a bunch of stats in garbage time, but he played well in the first half, too. Rivers made 11-of-12 from the line and was much more aggressive than usual. There is still no reason to add him in almost any league.
Dec 20 - 9:22 PM

Omer Asik played 20 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points, seven rebounds and two turnovers.

The Pelicans have been playing him less these days and it makes sense. They have a lower net rating when Asik and Anthony Davis are on the floor compared to Ryan Anderson and Davis. Asik has almost no upside for owners in standard leagues, so feel free to cut him based on him only being a one-category player.
Dec 20 - 9:18 PM

Dante Cunningham played just 15 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points and one steal.

His minutes were cut severely tonight and he looked really bad on defense. Cunningham had back-to-back impressive games before tonight, but Tyreke Evans coming back and pushing Ryan Anderson to more power forward hurt DC. He's only worth owning in very deep leagues.
Dec 20 - 9:14 PM

Anthony Davis made 3-of-14 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and five blocks in 28 minutes.

He was actually held in check by Joel Freeland tonight and he had an up-close view of LaMarcus Aldridge hitting midrange jumpers all night. Davis didn't shoot below 33.3 percent from the field in any of his previous games, so this is obviously is worst offensive showing. He gets a date with Serge Ibaka on Sunday.
Dec 20 - 9:14 PM

Tyreke Evans (right knee) returned from a one-game absence on Saturday, making 2-of-11 from the field for six points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes during a blowout loss.

He wasn't quite as aggressive as usual, but it's not necessarily because of his knee bruise. Evans has dealt with a slew of leg injuries in his career and he did have his right knee scoped in the offseason, so expect the Pelicans to monitor him. He should be ready to go for Sunday against the Thunder.
Dec 20 - 9:13 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Blazers on Saturday and is expected to start.

The Pelicans say they are going to watch him closely tonight, which doesn't mean an awful lot. Evans tends to miss more time with injuries than most players, so there's a chance he's somewhat limited tonight. Of course, Austin Rivers is not a fantasy option.
Dec 20 - 5:21 PM

Russ Smith was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday.

Gal Mekel was recently waived, so Smith could potentially see some minutes as a backup point guard. However, he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues, so he can be left on the wire.
Dec 20 - 12:06 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.

"It’s been swelling up pretty bad after some games, but it really kind of got me on the road," Evans said. "I just have to keep getting ice and treatment. Just trying to take care of it and get it right." Owners will have to hope that he doesn't suffer a setback if he suits up on Saturday, as the Pelicans have three games in the next four days. Check back before tip-off, but it is looking like Evans has a real shot to play in this one.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 20 - 11:48 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. Portland.

If Tyreke is unable to go on Saturday, Austin Rivers would likely draw another start. However, he really doesn't do enough to be considered a quality plug-and-play option. Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis would be in line for some additional shots with Evans sidelined, and those are the guys to target in daily leagues. Stay tuned.

Tyreke Evans (knee) was limited to some light shooting drills during Friday's practice, and he's questionable to play Saturday vs. Portland.

There remains some swelling in Evans knee, and he will take some anti-inflammatory medication and test his knee during shootaround Saturday morning. Austin Rivers stepped into the starting lineup on Thursday with Evans sidelined, but only managed to put up 10 points and six assists over 35 minutes of action. If Evans is unavailable, there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis. Stay tuned.

The Pelicans have waived G Gal Mekel.

He played just four games for the Pelicans to go with averages of 1.5 points and 3.3 assists over 10.9 minutes of action. He may sign on with another team, but he's never going to be anything more than a reserve, and won't be worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 12:24 PM

Anthony Davis went off against the Rockets on Thursday during a 99-90 win with 30 points, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and five blocks.

He made 10-of-17 from the field, 10-of-12 from the line and only turned it over once. Davis already has eight 30-point games and raised his scoring to 24.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA. The future is now for the best power forward in the NBA.
Dec 19 - 12:47 AM

Austin Rivers played 35 minutes as the starting shooting guard on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists and two turnovers against the Rockets.

While the stat line wasn't great, this might've been one of his best games of his career for his defense. Rivers just can't knock down jumpers and isn't a great finisher, so he's never really going to flourish even with big minutes. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 12:41 AM

Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else.
Dec 19 - 12:39 AM


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