Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hornets traded SF Scotty Hopson to the Pelicans in exchange for cash on Sunday.

Hopson was dealt from the Cavaliers to the Hornets to the Pelicans within the span of two days, and he's likely heading to the Rockets as part of Sunday's complex sign-and-trade frenzy centered around Trevor Ariza and Omer Asik. Hopson is merely a throw-in to make the deals work financially, and he's unlikely to make a dent in New Orleans, Houston or anywhere else this season.
Jul 13 - 7:54 PM

Russ Smith scored six points with four boards, eight assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers in 28 minutes.

He put up 20 points in the opener and has been the quickest guy in the court in each game. Smith was selected in the second round and being undersized is going to hurt his chances to make the team. Although, the Pelicans losing out on Brian Roberts certainly makes it possible for him to make the team.
Jul 13 - 7:12 PM

Omri Casspi was traded to the Pelicans as part of Sunday's three-team trade with the Wizards and Rockets.

Houston dealt Casspi, Omer Asik and $1.5 million in cash to the Pelicans in a deal which expanded to include five players, one draft pick, cash considerations and traded-player exceptions. Casspi averaged 18.1 minutes for Houston last season and may find himself with a bigger role in New Orleans, even if he comes off the bench behind Tyreke Evans at SF (which isn't guaranteed). We'll keep a close eye on his role throughout the preseason.
Jul 13 - 7:01 PM

The Pelicans may waive Austin Rivers to clear enough cap space for their acquisition of Omer Asik.

Asik's salary balloons to $14.9 million this season but the Pelicans are happy to have him after relying on guys like Greg Stiemsma and Alexis Ajinca last season. Rivers was drafted No. 10 overall in 2012 but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA and averaged only 7.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting last season.
Jul 11 - 1:03 PM

Jeff Withey gained 17 pounds from last season and is now up to 240.

The Pelicans are expected to bring on Omer Asik in a deal, so Withey's chances of making an impact next season seem to be dwindling. He'll likely get some extended playing time in Las Vegas Summer League later this week.
Jul 9 - 2:21 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) did some rehab work at the Pelicans' practice facility on Wednesday.

He had knee surgery on May 15 and it was expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks, so he should be close to being ready for basketball activities. Evans excelled in the starting lineup while the Pelicans were banged up down the stretch, which has made coach Monty Williams unsure of whether to use Evans or Eric Gordon in the starting lineup next season. If the Pelicans are healthy, Evans' fantasy value shouldn't vary much with either a starting or bench role.
Jul 9 - 2:17 PM

Jrue Holiday (shin surgery) expects to be cleared for on-court activity in August.

Holiday hasn't done any on-court work since suffering a stress fracture in January, and he's still working to rebuild the muscles in his right leg while regaining his conditioning. He said that he feels "strong" and as long as he does get on the court in August he should be ready to go for Pelicans' training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 1 - 5:58 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in Al-Farouq Aminu.

While the former lottery pick hasn't panned out as expected in the NBA, he's still 23 years old and has shown flashes during his four NBA seasons. ALF finished 2013-14 with averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game, so he'll need to take another step in his development if he's going to register on the fantasy radar next season.
Jul 1 - 11:37 AM

In order to make salary cap room to acquire Omer Asik from the Rockets, the Pelicans will not be extending a qualifying offer to Darius Miller, according to sources.

Darius will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. He was the No. 46 pick for the Pelicans in the 2012 draft, and he has compiled career averages of 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, and not much else. It's difficult to see Miller landing in a situation in which he'd become a reliable fantasy asset.
Source: NOLA.com
Jun 30 - 4:09 PM

The 76ers selected Louisville PG Russ Smith at No. 47 on Thursday, but he was traded to the Pelicans for Pierre Jackson.

The Sixers have six picks in the draft and they opted to flip one for a more established player. Smith became Louisville's all-time leader in steals during his four seasons and his defensive ability is central to his appeal as an NBA prospect. He added 18.2 points and 4.6 assists during his senior year, while shooting 38.7 percent from downtown, and was named to the AP All-American First Team.
Jun 26 - 11:37 PM

The Pelicans are shopping Ryan Anderson in a trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Pelicans traded their 2014 first-round draft pick in the Jrue Holiday deal, so they would like to get in the mix tonight. Anderson played just 22 games last year, but made a whopping 3.0 treys per game. He is on schedule to return from his neck surgery and should be ready for training camp. The arrival of Omer Asik could also hurt Anderson's playing time, but he should bury plenty of treys no matter where he plays.
Jun 26 - 7:15 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly looking to trade Austin Rivers in an effort to clear salary cap space.

After acquiring Omer Asik from the Rockets, the Pelicans are looking to clear up cap space and moving the 10th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft may be part of that plan. Rivers only averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists during the 2013-14 season, but is only 21 years old and talented enough that he could become a solid rotation player somewhere. Coincidentally, Rivers' father Doc and his Los Angeles Clippers own a trade exception that could be used to acquire his son.
Jun 26 - 10:41 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets are set to deal C Omer Asik to the Pelicans for a future first-round draft pick and $1.5 million.

This should be about a done deal and it's a big move for the Pelicans, who had a lot of injury and depth problems at center last season. Look for Asik to start alongside Anthony Davis next season, and look for his fantasy value to take a nice jump now that he no longer has to deal with Dwight Howard. As for the Rockets, they're clearly making monetary space in hopes of acquiring LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Additionally, Michael McNamara is reporting that the Pelicans have to trade Austin Rivers or Eric Gordon in order to take on Asik, so there's likely more to come in this deal after the draft.

Jrue Holiday (leg) is still not cleared for basketball activity.

He added that he's not expecting a trade this time around. Holiday was traded to New Orleans on draft night last year, but there were some murmurs of him possibly being dealt. Holiday is expected to be ready for training camp as the Pelicans' starting point guard and has started working out with his conditioning coach recently.
Jun 25 - 6:31 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) has been working out with his performance and conditioning coach.

The team Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Jrue lifting weights, doing agility drills, and dribbling a basketball on Wednesday. They haven't revealed too much on Jrue's status, but coach Monty Williams said that his starting point guard is "on target" to be ready for training camp.
Jun 25 - 3:37 PM


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