Player News - Pelicans

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Trevon Bluiett has agreed to a two-way deal with the Pelicans.

He was undrafted and showed out in Vegas as one of the best shooters in summer league. Bluiett scored 25.0 points per game over his first two, but defenses had to pay attention to him after his head-turning start. With the Pelicans lacking some depth, it's possible we see Bluiett at some point when they get hit with the injury bug.
Jul 12 - 6:46 PM

Cheick Diallo scored 28 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes in a loss to the Heat on Thursday.

Diallo has said he wanted to be the MVP of Las Vegas, but that won't happen now that his team has been knocked out. Diallo has grown a lot as an offensive weapon, especially with putting the ball on the floor. He still isn't likely to make an impact during the season while Anthony Davis is healthy, so he's more of a handcuff in a deep league.
Jul 12 - 6:07 PM

New Orleans Director of Player Personnel David Booth said Elfrid Payton would "be great coming in and playing next to Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore."

"We really liked his ability to playmake, his ballhandling," Booth said. "His ability to get to the basket and finish is something that we really need [to work in conjunction] with our bigs – he’s a guy who has always had high finishing numbers in analytics. We feel like he’ll be complementary to our other guys." Interestingly, it sounds like the Pelicans will at least entertain the idea of starting him in basically Rajon Rondo's role. We'll see how it plays out in camp.
Jul 11 - 6:29 PM

Cheick Diallo scored 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Monday's Summer League loss to Detroit, adding six boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Diallo got off to a slow start, was a step slow on defense and picked up five fouls while he was out there, but he did get hot late, scoring 14 points through the fourth quarter of action. Diallo is capable of producing when given the minutes, but quality playing time will be a rarity for him in New Orleans when the team is at full strength.
Jul 9 - 5:14 PM

Frank Jackson is expected to miss two to four weeks with his left ankle sprain.

He was already ruled out for the remainder of the Summer League, but it's nice to know that he'll be back on the court soon. Jackson looked explosive before suffering the injury and is someone to watch in training camp with some minutes available in New Orleans' backcourt.
Jul 9 - 10:09 AM

Cheick Diallo scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 26 minutes during a 110-84 win over the Heat on Saturday.

He wants to win the Vegas MVP and so far his team has been arguably the best with two easy wins. Usually, players wouldn't get much run in their third summer league, but the coaches are asking Diallo to grow in areas in which he is unfamiliar. There's still a chance he gets rest, but for now he'll likely be suiting up in most of the games.
Jul 7 - 6:49 PM

Trevon Bluiett had another outstanding offensive game on Saturday, scoring 26 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and six 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

He was undrafted in 2018 after earning second-team All-American honors last year. He also was an All-Big East first teamer three times in his time at Xavier. He scored 24 points in 19 minutes yesterday, and now he should get heavy run with Frank Jackson out. Maybe he gets a camp invite, but he has the attention of DFS players in Vegas.
Jul 7 - 6:45 PM

Walter Lemon Jr. scored 19 points with eight boards, nine assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes on Saturday.

The Pelicans had him on their roster last year as a 10-day guy, but they didn't pick him up for the rest of the year. If he plays well for the rest of the week, maybe he earns a camp invite.
Jul 7 - 6:44 PM

Frank Jackson (left ankle sprain) will miss the remainder of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018.

He suffered the injury on Friday and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The Pelicans gave him an MRI to diagnose the sprain, but the good news is that it doesn't sound like there is any structural damage. Jackson looked great in his one half of action, so hopefully he's 100 percent for camp.
Jul 7 - 5:11 PM

Cheick Diallo scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, eight fouls and seven turnovers against the Raptors during a 90-77 win on Friday.

It was a sloppy showing for a guy who is in his third trip to Vegas. Diallo did take a couple 3-pointers, and the coaches kept their word that they were going to give him added responsibility. Considering all the mistakes, maybe Diallo gets to play in more than 3-4 games. He wants to win Vegas MVP, so expect an even bigger game in his next one.
Jul 6 - 5:38 PM

X-rays were negative on Frank Jackson (left ankle) and he was diagnosed with a sprain.

This is good news after a scary-looking injury. Jackson's right foot was the one that kept him out all of last season, so the Pelicans may have dodged a bullet in the long term. Jackson is still very likely to miss time in Vegas, which is too bad after he looked like the best guard on the floor in this game.
Jul 6 - 5:00 PM

Frank Jackson went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday.

He's had three surgeries with his right foot being the worse of the two, but hopefully this one was just an ankle sprain. Jackson rolled his left ankle as he was driving to the rim, and didn't put much weight on his foot as he went to the locker room. He was lighting it up in Vegas before this injury with 13 points in the first half. Hopefully, he is just day-to-day. Expect an update soon, but we'd bet he's going to miss at least one game here.
Jul 6 - 4:37 PM

Ian Clark is re-signing with the Pelicans on a one-year deal.

He should have a chance for minutes with the Pelicans missing out on Rajon Rondo. Frank Jackson could compete with Clark down the line, but Clark should be a staple in the second unit specially if Elfrid Payton struggles.
Jul 6 - 3:04 PM

Cheick Diallo said he wants to be the MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League.

The Pelicans have been talking him quite a bit and plan to feature him on offense. "Obviously we’re going to throw him the ball in the post, and let him do his thing," assistant coach Kevin Hanson said. "We’re going to let him pop more than he’s been doing with our main team. We had him rolling [to the basket] exclusively, and that’s his best position, but we’ll allow him to pop some so he can shoot his jumpshot. We’ve been working on his corner three, so we’ll allow him to shoot that." Diallo will need a monster offseason to carve out a decent role behind the trio Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 5 - 11:34 AM

Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans.

Randle's new contract has a player option on Year-2, so Randle could again be chasing another contract next season. If the Pelicans retain DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) during free agency, that would be bad news for Randle, but if Boogie walks, that could translate to Randle starting at the four with AD moving to the five-spot. Randle's arrival in New Orleans isn't great news for Nikola Mirotic's outlook.
Jul 2 - 6:57 PM


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