Player News - Pelicans

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The Pelicans and Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year, $58 million deal.

Holy cow. It's the last deal of a wild day and it is perhaps one of worst buys with $44 million in guaranteed money (the 2019-20 season isn't guaranteed). Asik wasn't a great fit next to Anthony Davis, but maybe coach Alvin Gentry can turn him around. The Pelicans have spent $200 million on the players that figure to get almost all of their center minutes this year. Asik isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 2 - 12:01 AM

Omer Asik and the Pelicans are expected to have a deal done on Wednesday night.

The Pelicans have already thrown over $160 million in contracts to their frontcourt and it should be interesting to see how much money Asik will get. He isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 1 - 11:06 PM

Anthony Davis was working on his 3-pointers at a workout on Wednesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry is going to unleash Davis and we, for one, are excited for our one-browed overlords. While he does carry more risk in fantasy than guys like Stephen Curry or James Harden, the upside is one of the highest of any player in this century. Also, you have a love a guy getting a $145 million extension and working out that day.
Jul 1 - 10:17 PM

The Pelicans are in discussions to re-sign unrestricted free agent Omer Asik.

With the Pelicans already signing Alexis Ajinca today, it'll be interesting to see how much money they give Asik. Last season didn't really work out and Anthony Davis was at his worst next to Asik, especially down the stretch.
Jul 1 - 3:34 PM

Alexis Ajinca will sign a four-year, $20.2 million deal to remain with the Pelicans.

Ajinca was a solid option off the bench for the Pelicans last season with averages of 6.5 points, 4.6 boards and 0.8 blocks in just 14.1 minutes per game, so this deal was a great value. It's possible that Omer Asik leaves in free agency, so Ajinca could be pressed into a larger role if that is the case.
Jul 1 - 1:58 PM

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have verbally agreed upon a five-year, $145 million deal.

Well, that was quick. Davis will have a player option for the fifth year but Pelicans fans can breathe easy with this news. Davis is quickly establishing himself as one of the best players in the NBA and it will be exciting to see what he can do with Alvin Gentry at the helm. For obvious reasons, Davis is still the frontrunner to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues.
Jul 1 - 12:02 AM

The Pelicans will reportedly make a push to bring back Omer Asik as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Asik really doesn't do a whole lot aside from rebound, so if the offers get too high for New Orleans' liking, they will likely let him walk. If the Pelicans are unable to retain Asik, they will likely shift their focus to other unrestricted free agent centers such as Robin Lopez or Tyson Chandler. Asik averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and just 0.7 blocks per game during the 2014-15 season, so he's not going to be a strong fantasy option regardless of where he lands.
Jun 30 - 2:24 PM

The Pelicans could extend Anthony Davis on a five-year, $143 million deal this summer.

That is justifiably max money for the best young big man in the game. Davis has already proven he's capable of being the best big man in the NBA, so he would just need to stay healthy to live up to that kind of contract. He's the frontrunner to be the top pick in fantasy leagues, especially with Alvin Gentry as his head coach.
Jun 30 - 2:20 PM

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

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