Player News - Pelicans

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Alvin Gentry said he thinks Julius Randle can "push the basketball."

"He can do some of the things as far as playing that DeMarcus [Cousins] can do," Gentry said. Interesting. Around this time last year, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he didn't want Randle to bring the ball up after a defensive rebound yet. With the Pelicans preaching pace, this could help Randle's dimes to get the ball down the court faster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 7:15 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he thinks he's "too enthusiastic" about what Frank Jackson could be this year, but hinted it might take some time.

"He's shown flashes of being a really, really good player," Gentry said. "I feel like he's going to contribute to our team this year and be a part of us being good, but we'll have to wait because he hasn't played in a pro basketball game." Gentry talked about Jackson's potential and how he's putting in the work. Elfrid Payton also said Jackson is "definitely" going to help this year. As great as all this sounds, that "we'll have to wait" part of the quote jumps out. For now, Jackson likely won't be making an impact right away unless he's a star at camp.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 5:01 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he expects to experiment with Anthony Davis, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic lineups in the preseason and training camp.

He said he wants to figure out how he can maximize all of his bigs. Gentry mentioned that he thinks all three of these guys can switch on defense, which is obviously the biggest potential pitfall if Niko and Julius have to play on the perimeter more on defense. With the Pelicans also saying they want to play even faster than their league-leading pace last year, there should be enough possessions to go around.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 4:53 PM

Julius Randle was seen working on his 3-point shot at Tuesday's practice.

Alvin Gentry mentioned that Randle has been putting a lot of work into his 3-point stroke, but we don't see that becoming a major part of his game this season. After all, he's just a 25.7% career shooter from beyond the arc.
Sep 25 - 4:19 PM

Jrue Holiday has taken Frank Jackson under his wing this summer.

Jackson spent 3.5 weeks with Holiday and trainer Mike Guevara to help prepare for training camp. Jackson was also asked about getting over his ankle injury from Vegas. "I feel good and my body feels great. Nothing is bothering me," Jackson said. We have a very small sample on Jackson due to his injuries, but he sure showed upside in that one half. Apparently, Holiday is a believer as well, so keep an eye on Jackson in the preseason.
Sep 25 - 11:00 AM

Alexis Ajinca (knee surgery) still hasn't been cleared for contact.

Coach Alvin Gentry said Ajinca has been doing some "player development" stuff, so he's making progress. With the Pelicans expected to run a big man rotation of Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle, Ajinca is a long-shot to see any minutes.
Sep 24 - 1:56 PM

General manager Dell Demps said the Pelicans frontcourt rotation will "all work itself out" because the fast pace will require players to get in-game breathers.

The Pelicans led the NBA in pace last year, and their second-half starting lineup was among the fastest units in the league at 105.2 over their 204 minutes (Rondo, Holiday, Moore, Mirotic, Davis). Mirotic and Randle will likely split most of the power forward minutes, but Mirotic could also play some three while Randle should play some five. If Mirotic plays like he did late last season, he could be a value pick around 100.
Sep 21 - 3:42 PM

General manager Dell Demps said Solomon Hill is in "phenomenal shape" right now.

Demps also said that Hill came back before he was 100 percent, so that explains what was essentially a lost season. There's a very good chance that Hill could wind up as the starting small forward, which could push out Elfrid Payton or E'Twaun Moore. Even if Hill starts, he would likely be a defense-first addition to the lineup and would be near the bottom for usage rate among NBA starters.
Sep 21 - 3:19 PM

General manager Dell Demps said Cheick Diallo has probably put on 10-12 pounds of muscle.

Demps added that Diallo hasn't lost a step, maintaining his speed and energy. Diallo's third Vegas trip was a success back in July, and it's clear he has some potential as an offensive weapon. However, the edition of Julius Randle serves as a roadblock for Diallo this season. For now, he's really just a last-round lotto ticket in deep leagues.
Sep 21 - 3:13 PM

Frank Jackson (ankle) has minor restrictions for training camp, according to general manager Dell Demps.

The GM added that Jackson is cleared, though. A left ankle sprain in the first half of summer league ended his time at the end, but he looked extremely explosive with 13 points in the first half. The Pelicans led the NBA in pace last year and it's no guarantee that Elfrid Payton can hold the job, so maybe Jackson can push for minutes. For now, he's only a late-round flier in the deepest of leagues.
Sep 21 - 3:07 PM

Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.

Jack will be competing with Frank Jackson at camp for the third-string point guard position, but based on how he played in New York last season, he should be able to come out on top in that battle. If he does secure a regular-season roster spot, he'll be competing with Ian Clark for the backup PG minutes, meaning he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops.
Sep 17 - 6:39 PM

The Pelicans don't seem "particularly concerned" about Anthony Davis switching agents, according to reporter Scott Kushner.

Last week, ESPN reported that Davis has parted ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher, and that AD is expected to sign with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Some Pelicans fans were uneasy with this development, as Paul is a longtime friend and associate of LeBron James. However, Davis still has two years left on his deal and New Orleans will be able to offer him a massive extension next summer.
Sep 13 - 9:23 AM

Anthony Davis has parted ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher according to ESPN.

Rich Paul of Klutch Sports (he represents LeBron James and other big names) is reportedly a leading contender. We wouldn't reach too much into this, as Davis has two years and $52 million left on his contract with a player option for 2020-21. He'll be eligible to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer (2019), so the Pelicans are still in driver's seat.
Source: ESPN
Sep 9 - 10:47 AM

The Pelicans signed F Kenrich Williams to a partially guaranteed contract.

Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists at TCU last season, but was not drafted. He played for the Nuggets at the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League. The Pelicans need depth at small forward, but Williams is unlikely to make the final 15-man roster.
Sep 4 - 11:29 AM

New Orleans is signing G Darius Morris to a partially guaranteed two-year deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Morris has appeared in 132 games for five different teams over his four-year NBA career. Last season, he averaged 19.0 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in the G-League. However, he can be ignored in all fantasy formats for now, as it is unlikely he will be able to crack the Pelicans rotation and earn consistent minutes in 2018-19.
Sep 4 - 10:43 AM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Dose: Mayfield Named Starter

    Dose: Mayfield Named Starter
  •  
    Dose: Jimmy G goes down

    Dose: Jimmy G goes down
  •  
    Player News: Week 3

    Player News: Week 3
  •  
    Top DFS Values

    Top DFS Values
  •  
    Dose: Browns Win

    Dose: Browns Win
  •  
    Dose: Limited Landry

    Dose: Limited Landry
  •  
    Dose: Wentz returns for PHI

    Dose: Wentz returns for PHI
  •  
    Dose: Mahomes dazzles

    Dose: Mahomes dazzles