Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pelicans have reportedly agreed with PF/C Patric Young on a two-year contract.

Young played five games for New Orleans during Summer League, averaging 7.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks without a single assist to his credit. It's nice to see his blue-collar work rewarded with a contract offer (which may be unguaranteed) but he's very unlikely to make an impression in fantasy leagues.
Jul 20 - 2:59 PM

Unrestricted free agent Darius Miller has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Pelicans.

Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Miller was the No. 46 pick in the 2012 draft, and he averaged 4.4 points, and 1.2 rebounds through 45 games last season. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: NOLA.com
Jul 18 - 9:08 AM

Jimmer Fredette has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Pelicans for the veteran's minimum.

Jimmer is a career 40.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc, however, he has never averaged more than 7.6 points in a season. As the current roster stands, Jimmer will be competing for minutes with the likes of Austin Rivers, Russ Smith, and John Salmons, and it doesn't seem like there's enough minutes to go around for Jimmer to be a reliable contributor. His college career was impressive, but that was back in 2011, and he has still yet to emerge as a relevant fantasy option in the NBA.
Source: NOLA.com
Jul 18 - 9:03 AM

Russ Smith scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting on Thursday against the Hornets.

Smith was one of the few bright spots for the Pelicans in their 105-74 loss to the Hornets. He had 19 points, six assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 26 minutes of action. Smith also committed five turnovers, but never seemed out of control when handling the ball. His chances at making the Pelicans roster remain in flux, but he competed hard and played well in his four Summer League appearances.
Jul 17 - 6:23 PM

Austin Rivers hinted at a possible split between he and the Pelicans on Instagram.

Rivers posted a picture of himself in a Pelicans uniform with the caption "New chapter for me.....not worried about what's happened. I can a only control what I do next. And with the way I'm working right now, I like how the future looks! Hard work & God = .....anything possible." There have been no further details about Rivers being traded or released by New Orleans. However, there were reports that the Pelicans were considering waiving Rivers in order to clear enough cap space for newly acquired center Omer Asik.
Jul 16 - 1:15 PM

The NBA has officially approved the trade between the Pelicans, Wizards, and Rockets that will send Omer Asik to New Orleans.

The deal will go down as a three-team trade that sends Asik, Omri Casspi and $1.5 million to New Orleans, Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and New Orleans' protected first-round pick in 2015 to Houston, and Melvin Ely and a $8.5 million trade exception to Washington. Asik only averaged 5.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14, but he should serve a solid late-round pick with his numbers poised to see a boost in New Orleans.
Jul 15 - 1:24 PM

ESPN is reporting that John Salmons will sign with the Pelicans.

He's not expected to see major minutes, that could quickly change as soon as Eric Gordon gets hurt. The Raptors recently traded Salmons to the Hawks, who cut him in order to clear as much cap space as possible, even though there's not much left to pick from in the free agency pool.
Jul 14 - 4:21 PM

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

Patric Young was productive vs. the Lakers on Sunday with 10 points, six boards, one turnover and one block in 29 minutes.

He is coming off a 11-13 double-double in the opener and is really showing a high motor in the paint. Young was also diving for balls and is giving it his all. He was undrafted, so he'll need to keep it up for the duration of the event to have a chance on making the team.
Jul 13 - 7:09 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

The Atlanta Hawks will officially waive John Salmons on Thursday.

The Hawks had been waiting for the free agency period to officially start before waiving the newly-acquired Salmons. Now that the free agency period has officially begun, the Hawks will quickly cut ties with Salmons and buy out his $1 million contract.
Jul 10 - 11:08 AM

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


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