Player News - Pelicans

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Cheick Diallo will play in Summer League.

Excluding when Anthony Davis played center, the Pelicans didn't get much out of their five spot. Now, they'll get a athletic rebounder with a 7'5" wingspan. Diablo is extremely way and only played 7.5 minutes per game at Kansas last year. He's not likely to be in the rotation this season unless the Pelicans get hit with the injury bug again.
Jun 24 - 5:39 PM

Buddy Hield will play in Summer League.

Coach Alvin Gentry said that Hield is more than just a shooter and he plays defense. "For some reason, guys that stay in school four years, they get penalized," Gentry said." The Pelicans fought off the injury bug on the wing all season and this summer Eric Gordon is almost a lock to be let go. Hield should be stepping into minutes for the start and is on the fantasy radar in standard leagues. It's a great landing spot for his fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 5:28 PM

Free agent PG Anthony Barber is expected to play for the Pelicans during Summer League.

The former N.C. State star, who is commonly known as Cat Barber, averaged a stellar 23.5 points during his junior season in 2015-16. He went undrafted but it didn't take long for New Orleans to offer him a make-good deal for Summer League. We'll let you know if the 6'3" guard makes waves during the offseason.
Jun 24 - 12:54 AM

The Pelicans have selected Cheick Diallo with the 33rd pick in the Draft.

The pick initially belonged to the Clippers, but they traded it to the Pelicans in exchange for the 39th and 40th pick. Diallo lived off the glass with 18 percent of his made buckets coming off offensive putbacks. However, he only played 7.5 minutes per game at Kansas and is nowhere near ready to be a regular contributor. On the other hand, he boasts a 7’5" wingspan and is 6’9".
Jun 23 - 11:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield with the No. 6 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

It’s all about the shooting for last year's Naismith Award winner. Hield really put in the extra work in the last 12 months, leading the NCAA in 3-pointers with a terrific 45.7 percent from deep in his senior year. The Oklahoma Sooner also put up an eye-catching 40-inch vertical in a workout last weekend. He is only 6’5", so he’s basically locked into just one position at shooting guard. Hield will be an immediate replacement for an injury-prone Eric Gordon, who is more than likely to be searching for a new home in free agency. From a fantasy perspective, it's a very nice landing spot for the 22-year-old as he enters his inaugural NBA season.
Jun 23 - 8:14 PM

If Kris Dunn isn't available when the Wolves draft at No. 5, Tom Thibodeau is reportedly interested in Oklahoma SG Buddy Hield.

The Wolves' coach and president is said to have Hield "next up on [the] Wolves' board" in the event that Dunn is already gone, which seems likely. The Suns are reportedly high on Marquese Chriss with the No. 4 pick, so there's a good chance Thibodeau could land Hield at No. 5 if he wants him.
Jun 23 - 5:35 PM

The Celtics went to California two times to see Buddy Hield.

The Celtics are basically on the clock at No. 3 with Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram coming off the board to start the draft. Hield worked hard on his 3-pointers last summer and this year he seems to be focusing on his athleticism, which is highlighted by his recent 40-inch vertical at a workout last weekend. The NCAA's leader on 3-pointers last season will likely come off the board in the middle of the lottery.
Jun 22 - 2:11 PM

Omer Asik played through a back injury last year and "wasn't able to exercise at all" for part of the season, according to general manager Dell Demps.

The Pelicans signed him to one of the worst contracts last year and they'll likely have to live with it. Anthony Davis is more effective when he's not out there with Asik, so the Asik-Davis lineups might not be used as much.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 5:21 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said he had a "very candid conversation" with Omer Asik after the season.

"Omer is a no excuses guy and he will tell you that," Demps said. "He had a back injury and wasn't in basketball shape. He didn't have a good season." That's putting it nicely. Asik looked terrible during the 2015-16 campaign with averages of 4.0 points and 6.1 boards, and he eventually fell behind Kendrick Perkins in the rotation. The Pelicans still owe him $31.8 million over the next three seasons.
Jun 20 - 12:32 PM

Buddy Hield said that he's just what the Lakers need.

"Yeah, I'm just what the franchise needs," Hield said. "The Lakers are losing Kobe {Bryant] and need a scorer. Why not? Why not come in and fill in the spot? I'm a confident player. That's what I've been." He reportedly recorded a 40-inch vertical leap at his Lakers workout on Saturday and this was his second time working out for the franchise. To be clear, it would still be a shock if the Lakers didn't take Brandon Ingram with the second pick.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 19 - 10:38 AM

Buddy Hield recorded a 40-inch vertical leap at his Lakers workout on Saturday.

Assuming it was a max vertical, only five players at the NBA Draft Combine were able to hit the 40-inch mark -- Hield did not participate in that exercise. Hield's 3-pointers at Oklahoma are expected to keep him in the top eight, but the Lakers almost certainly won't take him at two.
Jun 18 - 6:09 PM

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Kings are "praying" that Hield falls to them at No. 8.

The Kings could certainly use an upgrade at the two with Ben McLemore struggling in Sacramento. Hield is scheduled to work out for the Lakers on Saturday, but most reports seem to have him going in the 3-8 range of the lottery.
Jun 18 - 11:36 AM

Buddy Hield will work out for the Lakers on Saturday.

It'll be a closed workout with Hield being available to the media afterwards. Hield almost certainly won't be going to the Lakers at No. 2 and a guard isn't a pressing need for them either. The NCAA's leader in 3-pointers last year figures to go in the middle of the lottery.
Jun 17 - 2:39 PM

Pete Carroll acknowledged that Nate Robinson will need to overcome some tough odds in order to make an NFL squad.

"I think it's all but impossible," Carroll said. "It's as hard as you could possibly get. He's 32 as well. I don't know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could, it might be Nate. He's that versatile an athlete and that great a competitor." It doesn't seem very likely that Robinson will be able to make an NFL squad, but he could still make money playing basketball, whether that's overseas or as a low-end backup on an NBA club. He won't be a fantasy option, though.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 11:02 AM

Buddy Hield worked out for the Celtics on Monday.

He reportedly hit 85 of 100 attempts from beyond the arc in the workout today. Hield is one of the mystery men of the draft after leading the NCAA in 3-pointers with plenty of question marks beyond shooting. After making just 35.9 percent of his treys in his junior year, the Oklahoma product made a whopping 45.7 percent of his 322 attempts in his senior season. He could go anywhere from 3-10 in the draft.
Jun 13 - 3:52 PM


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