Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.

With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 19 - 9:14 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps expects Tyreke Evans to earn minutes at SF this season.

"I thought he did well when he played [SF] last year," Demps said. "He's a little undersized there, but with all the intangibles and things he does, I think that will be a bright spot." The departure of Al-Farouq Aminu leaves Evans with a great chance to start at SF, while being backed up by a platoon including John Salmons, Luke Babbitt and Darius Miller. Evans had knee surgery in May but he's expected to be fully healthy for training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:58 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) is healthy and "in great shape," according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

His attitude toward being in New Orleans seems to have improved, as he voluntarily spent time with the Pelicans during Summer League, and said he expects to make the playoffs if the team stays healthy. Gordon missed 18 games last season and has averaged 32.2 DNPs over the past five years, so fantasy owners should view him skeptically on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:53 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Ryan Anderson (spinal surgery) is "back on the court, running, shooting," and will join the team in New Orleans next week.

Anderson's 2013-14 season ended with a scary spinal injury, but fortunately he's expected to be ready for New Orleans' training camp. He may find himself coming off the bench this season, with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis starting in the frontcourt, but Anderson's prolific 3-point shooting (3.0 per game prior to his injury last year) should earn him solid playing time and buoy his fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:46 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said Jrue Holliday (shin surgery) is working out and appears to be healthy.

Demps also added that Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are looking healthy and are working out separately. Holliday averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.6 steals before injuring his shin last season and should come at a discount on draft day due to his injury.
Aug 19 - 2:03 PM

Anthony Davis finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in Team USA's 95-78 win over Brazil on Saturday.

He did limp off the court with a minor injury, but he's fine. Davis looked like a superstar out there and was clearly the best player on the court. If he's healthy, Davis could turn in one of the best statistical performances of any power forward in recent memory. His coaches were probably watching and are already drawing up plays for him. If you want him in your fantasy league, you'll definitely have to spend a top-three pick.
Aug 16 - 11:26 PM

Anthony Davis will not be practicing with Team USA on Friday, as he woke up with a stiff neck.

This sounds extremely minor, and nothing should be read into this. Davis is a lock to make the US squad as the team's starting center, and he is primed to have another fantastic fantasy season. Davis will be a top-3 pick in this year’s fantasy drafts, and you could make the argument for taking him No. 1 overall.
Aug 15 - 3:15 PM

Anthony Davis is expected to be in the starting five for team USA's exhibition game against Brazil on Saturday, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Spears also mentioned that Coach K would not publicly name a starting five at this time, but sources close to him say that Davis, along with Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, and James Harden will be four out of the five to begin the game for team USA. None of these names are a surprise, especially Davis, who is expected to see the most minutes out of any team USA big man on the roster.
Aug 14 - 5:22 PM

Omer Asik said that he has no hard feelings toward the Houston Rockets and that he was grateful for his time with the team.

"I just really want to thank all the fans and all the support I had in Houston," he said. "I want to thank everyone in the organization and especially my teammates. I really enjoyed my time in Houston." Asik will see more of an opportunity in New Orleans than he did in Houston and should provide solid value for fantasy owners looking for rebounds and blocks at the end of their drafts.
Aug 14 - 12:03 PM

John Salmons has officially signed his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Salmons' contract is for $2 million, according to Eric Pincus of BasketballInsiders.com. He will join the Pelicans' rotation as a role player, but could see more minutes if (when) Eric Gordon goes down with an injury. Salmons may eventually return some fantasy value in extremely deep leagues, but most fantasy owners can bypass the 34-year-old on draft day.
Aug 12 - 11:43 AM

Eric Gordon expects the Pelicans to make the 2014-15 playoffs if everyone stays healthy.

"If we’re healthy, we’re for sure a playoff team," Gordon said. "It’s all about us getting together and playing because the West is tough." Gordon has played just 106 games over his first two seasons in New Orleans, so keeping him on the court would be a small victory for the Pelicans. The 25-year-old's career averages of 17.5 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals show he can be productive, but his injury history can't be discounted.
Aug 7 - 1:21 PM

Team USA teammate James Harden praised Anthony Davis' development in a recent interview.

"[Davis] looks a lot stronger," Harden said. "When he came into the league, he was still young. He was already skilled, but was frail, kind of like [Kevin Durant] was when he got to the NBA. [Davis] just was able to put more weight on himself and get stronger. You can see his development every single day." There have been numerous reports this offseason that Davis now boasts of a bulkier frame, as he's tacked on roughly 15 pounds of muscle. Davis has also been polishing up his offensive game, adding a corner 3-point shot, additional post moves, and a pull-up jumper to his already impressive arsenal. Davis will not make it out of the first round in fantasy drafts this year.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 4:43 PM

James Harden spoke highly of Omer Asik in a recent interview, specifically citing his defense.

"He brings a defensive effort. He’s going to do everything right on defense," said Harden. "He’s going to be a leader out there. All he wants to do is win. When you get a guy like that on your team, that’s always great. The Pelicans got a tremendous player in Omer." Omer should have a nice season as the starting center in New Orleans. He won't give you very much scoring, but he's a rebounding dynamo and should provide decent late-round value.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 1 - 2:34 PM

Kevin Durant said Anthony Davis is "next in line" to win MVP.

If anyone besides LeBron James is a threat to unseat Durant as MVP, Davis is definitely one of the first players to come to mind. He exploded last season, averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 67 games, but injuries have occurred a little too often.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM

Anthony Davis has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason, and he has made it one of his goals to put on some size for the 2014-15 season.

"I knew that I needed to get stronger," said Davis. "So [hitting the weight room] was definitely one of the top priorities on the list... It’s given me more ability to attack the basket, finish through contact and make sure guys don’t knock me off my line when I’m driving to the basket. Or if I’m posting up or playing post defense. All of that matters, when it comes to strength." Davis had a fantastic sophomore season with the Pelicans, averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. The sky's the limit for Davis, and he'll be a first round selection for the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 5:36 PM


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