Player News - Pelicans

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DeMarcus Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Mavericks are expected to pursue not only Cousins, but also DeAndre Jordan and restricted free agent Julius Randle.

It may be nothing, but Cousins was caught liking an Instagram comment that said he should be paid the max. The Mavs would more than likely offer that if talks were to get serious. As for Jordan, everyone remembers his fiasco with the Mavs and Clips back in 2015 when he went back on his verbal agreement to go to Dallas, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise they would still be interested. Randle's decision will be affected by how the Lakers handle his restricted free agency.
May 21 - 1:02 PM

DeMarcus Cousins says his rehab is going great and that he is "shooting to be ready for training camp."

Cousins underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles in late January. He says he has been cleared to rehab six days a week. "The results have been good so far — well, not even good, great," said Cousins. "I didn’t lose much strength. It’s a lot of positives. Like I said, everything’s been great and it’s in the right direction." Cousins, who will hit free agency this summer, also said that he would be open to returning to New Orleans.
May 18 - 12:52 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said the franchise is excited to have Frank Jackson back on the court.

Jackson underwent surgeries to repair two different breaks in his right foot last summer, then he had scar tissue removed from the same foot in March which kept him out for his entire rookie season. He's expected to play in the Summer League, but his path to minutes will be complicated if the Pelicans retain Rajon Rondo in free agency.
May 17 - 11:46 AM

The Pelicans are counting on Cheick Diallo to become an "impact player" for them in 2018-19.

"[We] saw flashes of Cheick Diallo this year," Pelicans GM Dell Demps said. "We're hoping those guys (Diallo and Frank Jackson) can be impact players for us next year. The potential is definitely there, the work ethic is there." Demps added that Diallo will play in the Summer League and that the Pelicans will find a way to integrate him into their plans. He averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in his final 19 games of the season, stepping up in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. His fantasy outlook for 2018-19 hinges on what the Pelicans do with Boogie Cousins in free agency.
May 17 - 11:44 AM

The 2017-18 finalists for MVP are LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis.

Davis is also in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, where he's up against Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid. Harden and LeBron are tough company for the MVP category and there's a general expectation that Harden will go home with the award, but AD certainly made his case, carrying New Orleans into the playoffs after DeMarcus Cousins went down. The winner will be announced in June.
May 16 - 9:02 PM

Frank Jackson is expected to play in Summer League.

Jackson has been plagued by a foot injury, which kept him out of action in his rookie season. Jackson did not play in Summer League last year, but hurt his foot again in August to keep him out until now.
May 10 - 7:03 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said everybody on the team wants DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) back with the Pelicans next year.

This isn't a surprising quote despite how the Pelicans played their best ball after the Boogie Achilles injury. Even next to Anthony Davis, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 boards and 5.4 dimes on the season over his 48 games. An earlier ESPN report said that the Pelicans are looking to sign Cousins to a two- or three-year deal this summer. It'll be interesting to see if a team offers him a max deal.
May 10 - 2:32 PM

Rajon Rondo was non-committal when asked if he'll be back with the Pelicans next season.

"We'll see how it goes," Rondo said of his upcoming free agency. "I love this group of guys. It's a group of good guys. I love playing for coach [Alvin] Gentry. We'll see how it goes." Rondo was a decent fit in New Orleans, and there won't be a ton of teams recruiting him on the open market with the point guard position filled in a lot of spots around the league. What the Pelicans do with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) free agency will likely dictate whether or not they can retain Rondo.
May 9 - 10:43 AM

Anthony Davis had 34 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks in the Pelicans season-ending Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.

Davis did all he could to try to keep the Pelicans alive, getting a double-double in all nine postseason games, but unfortunately, he and New Orleans had to face the Warriors. AD dominated all year and will be back in 2018-19 as one of the league's best.
May 9 - 2:06 AM

Jrue Holiday scored 27 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the Pelicans 113-104 season-ending loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.

This was Holiday’s first triple-double of the postseason. Holiday had eight of his 27 during the Pelicans 18-2 run that cut the Warriors lead to seven late in the fourth before Golden State pulled away for a series-clinching win. Holiday had a great postseason and is sure to be a solid fantasy performer in 2018-19.
May 9 - 1:55 AM

Rajon Rondo couldn't buy a bucket during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, going 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from the stripe on his way to six points across 32 minutes.

Rondo did add 11 rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer while he was out there, but he also turned the ball over four times, and he's been in an awful shooting slump over the past two, connecting on just 19% of his shot attempts. E'Twaun Moore was one of the few Pelicans to hit over 50% of his shots, going 8-of-14 from the field on his way to 20 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and one turnover, but he also finished with a minus-25 plus-minus rating in the loss.
May 6 - 6:58 PM

Jrue Holiday went 8-of-16 from the field and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe on his way to 19 points in Sunday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

Holiday added seven rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and two turnovers while he was out there, but he struggled to get his shot to drop from long-range (1-of-4 from beyond the arc), which was a team-wide trend with New Orleans hitting just 15.4% of their 3-point shots. Their 4-of-26 shooting from 3-point territory was their worst such performance of the season, and they'll need to do better in all areas to have a chance of pulling out a win on Tuesday.
May 6 - 6:51 PM

Anthony Davis posted a 26-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, adding one assist, one steal and two blocks over 40 minutes.

Davis also committed an unfortunate team-high six turnovers in the loss, and as a whole, the Pelicans turned over the rock 19 times which lead to plenty of fastbreak opportunities for Golden State. New Orleans now finds themselves sitting in a 1-3 hole, which is something that only 11 teams in NBA history have been able to bounce back from.
May 6 - 6:41 PM

Monty Williams is reportedly one of the frontrunners for the head coaching position in Milwaukee.

Mike Budenholzer is also considered a frontrunner. With Giannis Antetokounmpo just scratching the surface, this is arguably the most desirable opening in the NBA. The report adds that the Bucks have had interest in Williams and Budenholzer for a long time, and both are expected to meet with the franchise within the next few days.
May 6 - 9:29 AM

Anthony Davis owned the paint during a 119-100 win over the Warriors in Game 3 on Friday, scoring 33 points with 18 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

It looked like the Warriors were going to keep The Brow in check early with AD only scoring three points in the first quarter. He added just eight more in the second quarter before he exploded in the third to put this game out of reach. He and Rajon Rondo were clicking in a big way with Rondo hitting AD with an assisted bucket seven times -- New Orleans scorers were generous with some of those assists, though. The Warriors were doing a great job of keeping him out of the restricted area in Game 1 and 2, so they'll have to figure out how to get their strong defensive rotations back. As everyone knows, AD can erupt regardless of how good the defense is. We have a series.
May 4 - 11:01 PM


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