Player News - Pelicans

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Grand Rapids acquired the rights to Nate Wolters on Friday.

Wolters was just added to the D-League and Grand Rapids could move him in a deal. He was let go by the Pelicans last month and could wind up with an NBA team at some point due to an injury. He can be ignored in all formats for now.
Mar 6 - 2:15 PM

Ryan Anderson said that while he is making progress in his recovery from his MCL sprain, there is currently no official timetable set for his return.

"Recovery has been a process. I’m really working a lot on getting mobility back, just walking," Anderson said. "The past week, I’ve made big strides, as far as getting out of a big knee brace. My flexibility is a lot better, as far as rotation. I haven’t tried anything on the court yet." Anderson went on to say that he has been limited to pool work and running on an arc trainer, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. Alexis Ajinca has been playing quite well lately, and he’ll be the primary beneficiary for as long as Anderson is sidelined.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 6 - 12:25 PM

Alexis Ajinca stepped up in his 23 minutes off the bench on Wednesday during an 88-85 win over the Pistons, scoring 10 points with 11 boards, two assists and one block.

Apparently he's still going to get minutes because of Ryan Anderson (knee) being out. Ajinca has arguably been more consistent than Omer Asik and maybe he can play minutes in the 20-24 range. Give him a look in deeper leagues, but owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
Mar 5 - 2:16 AM

Norris Cole made 2-of-8 from the field against the Pistons on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, three assists and one block in 27 minutes.

The minutes were still a very encouraging sign. Cole did take more shots in his previous games without Anthony Davis, but he'll likely be more of a secondary option now that the Pelicans are getting some players back. He's only worth owning in deep leagues until Jrue Holiday (leg) can return, which might not happen.
Mar 5 - 2:13 AM

Eric Gordon scored just four points with two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He scored at least 18 points each of his three previous games with 3.7 treys per game. Obviously Gordon's usage took a nosedive with the return of Anthony Davis, but he should still be able to score in the teens with over two treys per game. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 5 - 2:11 AM

Anthony Davis returned from his shoulder injury and went off for 39 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and eight blocks on 17-of-30 shooting in a tough win over the Pistons on Wednesday.

He'd missed five straight games (and most of a sixth) with a shoulder injury, but went bonkers tonight, playing 42 minutes. Injury concerns with him are real, as he's yet to make it through an entire NBA season, but when he's on the court, there's no one better, unless their named Kevin, LeBron, Russell, James or Stephen, and even then, it's arguable. Get him back in your lineup ASAP.
Mar 4 - 11:51 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday and will not have a minutes restriction.

He aggravated his shoulder injury back on Feb. 21 and only needed five games off. Davis admitted he's eager and nervous about his return, so he might not be his usual self. Still, his fantasy owners obviously have to start him. Alexis Ajinca and Norris Cole lose a little bit of value.
Mar 4 - 6:24 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) is warming up to play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He is a game-time decision for this game and there should be an update within the next hour. The Pelicans are almost certainly going to want him to be discomfort-free, so he could wind up sitting. We'll pass along the updates as they become available.
Mar 4 - 6:13 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) is no longer in a walking boot, but he said that he is still experiencing pain and swelling in his lower right leg.

Holiday is expected to be reevaluated in the near future, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. However, It's definitely not a good sign if he is still dealing with pain and swelling, and it doesn't sound like he is anywhere close to returning to action. If Holiday continues to remain on the shelf, Tyreke Evans will continue to run the point for the Pelicans, while Norris Cole will continue to see extended minutes off the bench. Holiday is no longer a must-own player in standard leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:04 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) participated in the team's shootaround and is now a game-time decision vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

He is expected to test out his shouder prior to tip-off, so his owners will have to check back for an update before activating him in any lineups. Davis missed the last five games because of a nagging shoulder sprain, but he should see his normal allotment of minutes if he is cleared to play with the Pelicans in the hunt for a playoff berth. Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham's value takes a significant hit following this news, and they can now be dropped outside of deeper leagues.
Mar 4 - 11:39 AM

The Pelicans have signed G Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract on Wednesday.

He participated in the team's shootaround and is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons. However, Williams likely won't be in the rotation right out of the gate, so owners in deeper leagues can simply monitor him from the waiver wire for now.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 4 - 11:22 AM

The Pelicans are expected to sign G Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract.

Williams played five games for the Jazz earlier in the season on a 10-day deal, and put in averages of 3.6 points and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll help add some depth to New Orleans’ backcourt, but he's well off the radar in standard leagues. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 3 - 4:18 PM

Anthony Davis (shoulder) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

Davis was able to go through contact drills during Tuesday's practice, so it's looking like there's a decent chance he's able to return to action on Wednesday. However, if he's unable to go on Wednesday, his next opportunity to play will come Friday vs. Boston, and then Saturday vs. Memphis. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but when Davis does return to the court, Alexis Ajinca's value will take a sizable hit. Stay tuned.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 3 - 4:11 PM

Eric Gordon's surprising surge continued in Monday's loss to the Mavs as he scored 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

The production isn't surprising as he's been doing this for a while now, posting a top 50-80 month (8/9 cat) with no end in sight. The fact that he has been consistent and healthy is the good part, and it's nice to see him carry some of the weight from that ugly contract the Pelicans signed him to. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, three boards, seven assists, one steal and one three in the loss.
Mar 3 - 12:14 AM

Omer Asik managed just two points, seven boards and one steal over 28 minutes in Monday's loss to the Mavs.

Asik looked a bit hobbled out there and it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up on an injury report, perhaps when reinforcements arrive. A borderline option when he's at his best, this outcome and the injury risk should be enough for owners that had been relying on him to move on.
Mar 3 - 12:10 AM


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