Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday is going to be asked to guard "the Paul Georges and Kevin Durants" this season.

Assuming Gentry is telling the truth, there's your answer on how the Pelicans will address their small forward spot at times. Holiday said he expects Rajon Rondo to help him, which means he should be launching more treys. Holiday's upside in fantasy is capped this year, but he's still worth a look in the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 9:53 PM

Dante Cunningham has agreed to re-sign with the Pelicans on a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Timberwolves were reportedly aggressively pursuing Cunningham, but he probably has a better chance of being a regular part of the rotation in New Orleans, so that may have influenced his decision process. Cunningham could potentially start at the three-spot for the Pelicans with Solomon Hill (hamstring) essentially done for the year, but even as a starter, Cunningham won't be a fantasy factor in most leagues.
Sep 19 - 3:04 PM

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has spoken directly with free agent Dante Cunningham and the Wolves are awaiting his decision.

Cunningham is arguably the top unrestricted free agent still left on the open market. It sounds like he's deciding between the Wolves, Bucks and Pelicans. Training camp starts in less than a week, so we should have a final answer in the next day or so.
Sep 19 - 11:24 AM

E'Twaun Moore said he's prepared to play some small forward with Solomon Hill (hamstring) out indefinitely.

"That’s helped me out with sticking in the league," Moore said of his versatility. "Teams want guys who can do multiple things. We are down a player now, with Solomon out, so if I have to help fill that void, I’ll look forward to it." The coaching staff has already talked to Moore about this, and we could see Tony Allen and Jordan Crawford pick up some minutes at SF as well. Moore is still just a deep-league asset after putting up career-highs in points (9.6) and 3-pointers (1.1) with 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in just under 25 minutes last season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 12:07 PM

The Bucks are interested in free agent forward Dante Cunningham.

The Bucks might be a little late to the party because the Wolves are putting the "full-court press" on their recruiting efforts for Cunningham. Darren Wolfson of ESPN also said that he's not expecting Cunningham to join the Bucks. Regardless of where he lands, he shouldn't be on any draft boards in standard leagues.
Sep 18 - 10:00 AM

Martell Webster has agreed to a training camp deal with the Pelicans.

Perry Jones also agreed to a training camp deal with New Orleans this week. Webster has been out of the league for a couple years, as he's had a lot of trouble staying healthy with hip and back issues. The Pelicans are looking for depth at small forward with Solomon Hill (back) out indefinitely, so the 31-year-old Webster will compete for minutes with Tony Allen and Darius Miller if he wins a roster spot.
Sep 17 - 9:54 AM

Reporter Will Guillory of The Times-Picayune believes that Darius Miller may start at small forward for the Pelicans this season.

With Solomon Hill sidelined indefinitely due to a torn hamstring, and Dante Cunningham still unsigned, the Pelicans have a gaping hole at the small forward spot. The Pels recently added Tony Allen, but Guillory argues that Miller is the most likely candidate to win the starting nod because Miller has shown "improved confidence shooting from the perimeter during his past two seasons in Germany and the team believes he's better prepared for his second stint in the NBA." Miller may be worth a flier in the final round of deep leagues.
Sep 16 - 9:49 AM

Pelicans sign G/F Tony Allen.

Sure, the Pelicans need shooting, but they are desperate for perimeter defense. Allen has picked up plenty of starts at small forward over his last three years, so he could get some starts there while Solomon Hill (hamstring) is on the shelf. Allen still isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 15 - 6:11 PM

The Pelicans have renounced the draft rights to Ater Majok.

The Pels acquired the draft rights to Majok in the Quincy Pondexter deal with the Bulls last month. Majok was a second-round pick back in 2011 and played in Lebanon last season.
Source: Real GM
Sep 15 - 9:30 AM

Cheick Diallo said he's ready to take on a larger role in New Orleans after seeing limited action as a rookie.

"This year is totally different," he said. "My goal is to be [the Pelicans’] sixth man, as soon as possible. I’m trying to be the best defender on the team." Diallo had a strong offseason and said he spent the summer working on his ability "to guard 1 through 5." It would be a huge mistake for the Pelicans to give Alexis Ajinca or Omer Asik minutes at the expense of Diallo, so we're expecting him to run circles around those two veterans at camp. He's a solid handcuff for owners of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins and could have some standalone value if he's the first big off the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 14 - 11:34 AM

The Timberwolves are reportedly putting the "full-court press" on their recruiting efforts towards Dante Cunningham.

The Wolves have an open roster spot and they're clearly high on Cunningham, but they also can only offer the minimum and he wouldn't be in a great spot for minutes as he'd be competing for playing time with the likes of Taj Gibson, Nemanja Bjelica and Shabazz Muhammad. The Pelicans and Bucks are also rumored to have interest in Cunningham, but he won't be a fantasy factor on any of these teams.
Sep 13 - 1:43 PM

Ian Clark is hopeful that he can earn more consistent playing time with the Pelicans this season.

"Being able to show what I can do in the minutes I get, I want to be able to expand on that this year," said Clark. "I want to show that I can do that in extended minutes and be consistent at it, and help my team win, whether that’s on the defensive or offensive end." Clark may see a slight increase in his minutes this upcoming season, but as long as Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday are healthy, he won't be on the floor enough to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Sep 13 - 1:19 PM

The Wolves are still interested in Dante Cunningham according to beat reporter Darren Wolfson.

The Bucks and Pelicans have also been linked to Cunningham recently. Even after re-signing Shabazz Muhammad, the Wolves only have 12 guaranteed contracts, so they're looking to fill out their bench. The most Minnesota can offer is a minimum deal, and he wouldn't have much fantasy value there as he'd be playing behind Gorgui Dieng, Taj Gibson and Nemanja Bjelica (foot).
Sep 12 - 8:54 PM

The Pelicans are finalizing a training camp deal for Perry Jones.

The Pelicans just added Tony Allen, but they could still use some more depth at SF with Solomon Hill (hamstring) out indefinitely. We'll keep an eye on Jones during the preseason, but he has to make the 15-man roster before fantasy owners pay him attention. Jones last played for the Thunder and averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 2014-15.
Sep 11 - 7:12 PM

Tony Allen is in the process of finalizing a one-year deal with the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Allen might be able to start at small forward with how thin the Pelicans are there, but even if he comes off the bench, he should still see a decent amount of minutes on the wings in New Orleans. That being said, Allen can't be viewed as anything more than a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Sep 11 - 5:22 PM


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