Player News - Pelicans

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Emeka Okafor said going through the G-League gave him a better appreciation for being in the NBA.

"Perspective is a blessing. My time in the G League was all about perspective," Okafor said. "I gained a greater appreciation for the grind." Okafor has earned a couple starts in New Orleans, but he's still not a lock to be on the squad for the remainder of the season as he's just on a 10-day deal. It's nice to see him back in the NBA following a five-year absence, but he's a non-factor in most leagues.
Feb 21 - 11:00 AM

The Pelicans have signed G Walter Lemon Jr. to a 10-day contract.

Lemon Jr. will add some depth to New Orleans' backcourt, but it's unlikely he'll get enough minutes to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Feb 20 - 2:37 PM

Anthony Davis scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting during Team LeBron's feisty win on Sunday, adding two rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.

Davis injured his groin early in the Pelicans' game on Wednesday, but it appears to be a non-issue. He looked fine during the All-Star game and there was no suggestion that he'd sit out with the injury, so owners can anticipate him being fully rested and ready after the break. The Pelicans play two games in Week 19, followed by a three-game Week 20. Davis also deserves kudos for wearing injured teammate DeMarcus Cousins' jersey to begin this year's All-Star game.
Feb 18 - 11:32 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench on Wednesday for 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Mirotic was initially reported as a starter tonight, but at the last second Emeka Okafor took his spot. New Orleans will vary the lineup based on matchups, according to coach Alvin Gentry, but Mirotic's minutes and touches should be safe regardless -- he logged 30 minutes tonight. He's a solid 'hold' and should only get better as he builds chemistry with his new team.
Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Emeka Okafor started on Wednesday and had eight rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes of action, adding three points on 1-of-4 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

Alvin Gentry said before the game that he'll tweak his lineups based upon matchups -- some nights Okafor will start, while other nights it will be Nikola Mirotic. Okafor's minutes aren't likely to exceed 20 per game in a best-case scenario, which eliminates any potential fantasy appeal.
Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

DeAndre Liggins (hip) scored three points with four assists in 14 minutes of action on Wednesday.

Liggins exited late during Monday's game with a hip injury but it was never a real concern. His recent experiment as a starter lasted all of one game, and he's persona non grata in fantasy leagues while Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo are active -- he benefited a bit from Rondo being ejected early tonight, but it was Ian Clark who started the second half.
Feb 15 - 12:23 AM

Ian Clark started the third quarter for Rajon Rondo (ejected), posting five points and two assists in 24 minutes.

New Orleans' offense was humming tonight despite Rondo's early exit, finishing with a season-high 79 points in the first half alone. Clark hasn't offered much beyond sporadic scoring even when he earns more minutes, so he's off the radar in typical leagues.
Feb 15 - 12:23 AM

Anthony Davis erupted for 42 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, making 15-of-18 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs.

Davis exited briefly with a right groin injury, but it obviously didn't impact him as he led New Orleans to a franchise-record 139 points in a home win vs. the Lakers. He's good for an injury scare almost every night, but he's only missed six games this season (one since Dec. 11). New Orleans is playing him 38.4 minutes per game over the past month, so he'll surely welcome some rest during the All-Star break. We'll let you know if the Pelicans provide more updates about his injury status, but presumably he'll be fine for the All-Star game.
Feb 15 - 12:13 AM

Darius Miller hit 6-of-8 shots with four 3-pointers en route to 19 points on Wednesday, adding four assists and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

Pelicans tied their franchise record with 139 points tonight, powered by a huge game from Anthony Davis (42 points) and a big lift from the second unit. New Orleans ranks 29th in bench scoring, ahead of only the Wolves, but games like this could become more common if Nikola Mirotic is deployed as a reserve. When he's not torching the Lakers defense, though, Miller is just a fringe 3-point specialist.
Feb 15 - 12:12 AM

Rajon Rondo was ejected in the first half on Wednesday.

He was dragged away by a ref and a team security person after a heated exchange with Isaiah Thomas. These were Rondo's first two techs of the season and he likely won't see a suspension for this infraction. We'll see more E'Twaun Moore, Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins with Rondo out.
Feb 14 - 8:47 PM

Anthony Davis (right groin) went to the locker room in the first quarter on Wednesday, but he has since returned to the bench.

He took on some contact and it looked like he may have suffered a right hip issue. Davis walked slowly off the court under his own power, but he went straight back to the locker room. We'll have an update shortly, Cheick Diallo replaced him. It's good news that he was called questionable to return, but he may sit this out one the rest of the way.
Feb 14 - 8:34 PM

Emeka Okafor will start on Wednesday against the Lakers.

This will be his second start after his start on Monday. Okafor played 14 minutes in that game and he's likely looking at a similar workload. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 14 - 8:14 PM

Updating a previous report, Nikola Mirotic will come off the bench again on Wednesday with Emeka Okafor starting at center.

This was a last-second switch after Mirotic was previously reported to be starting. It shouldn't impact either player's minutes much, however, so there aren't any big swings for fantasy value.
Feb 14 - 8:13 PM

Nikola Mirotic will start over Emeka Okafor on Wednesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry said he'll be playing the matchups on the fifth starter, but either way Mirotic will be getting minutes. He scored 21 points off the bench on Monday and 21 in the starting lineup on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 14 - 7:21 PM

Emeka Okafor will come off the bench on Wednesday.

Nikola Mirotic will take the reins as a starter and this is going to be a matchup-dependent situation going forward. Okafor isn't worth deploying even when starting, though, so it hardly matters where he begins games.
Feb 14 - 7:20 PM


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