February 5, 2019, 2:51 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Brad Turner of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Lakers have pulled out of Anthony Davis trade talks because they deem the Pelicans' requests to be "outrageous," while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is saying that the Lakers want to engage in talks but don't want to bid against themselves.
The Pelicans are reportedly asking for as many as four future first-rounders, plus multiple young players and salary relief. Considering they're dealing possibly the best player in the league, it's not exactly "outrageous," though it is a big sticker price. That said, the media games continue here as both New Orleans and L.A. go back and forth with claims that the other side isn't bringing anything serious to the table. Turner is reporting that the Lakers offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope, two first-round picks and a few veterans to offset the salary of Solomon Hill. The leaks from the Pelicans side have the Lakers offering two of those young players, a pick and two veterans. The game of chicken continues.
Source: L.A. Times
February 15, 2019, 12:46 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his left shoulder after undergoing an MRI.
Davis' injury is reportedly "not too bad" but he didn't return to Thursday's game and the Pelicans might milk any chance they get to rest their star. His participation in Sunday's All-Star game is up in the air and he'll receive treatment over the next couple of days before determining if he can play. To add some fuel to the fire here, Davis reportedly left the building after he got hurt, which is likely to rub his teammates the wrong way considering they picked up a big win over a hot Thunder team. The saga will continue to unfold until the offseason.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
February 14, 2019, 10:29 pmJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans in their 131-122 win over the Thunder on Thursday with 32 points on 12-of-27 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
Holiday crushed the box score tonight and he's going to continue to do so as long as he's on the court. He's the best player on a Pelicans team that might shelve Anthony Davis (shoulder) so an early-round value with some top-15 upside is well within reason.
February 14, 2019, 10:28 pmKenrich Williams - G/F - New Orleans Pelicans
Kenrich Williams scored nine points while corralling a team-high 12 rebounds to go with four assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Thursday.
Williams went 4-for-7 from the floor and saw 34 minutes of action on Thursday and is also going to benefit from Anthony Davis (shoulder) missing time. His rebounding numbers are most of his value, but he also has the potential to give you a triple-one like tonight. It's baffling that he didn't get drafted as he has the talent to play in the NBA and is a standard-league player as of now.
February 14, 2019, 10:26 pmJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle led the Pelicans in scoring on Thursday with 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting while adding 11 boards, six assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers.
Randle's been playing well with Anthony Davis (shoulder) out of the lineup and it looks like that run might continue. Keep him out there as he's now an integral part of the Pelicans offense.
February 14, 2019, 10:25 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block on Thursday against the Thunder.
Davis exited the game early and with how messy the entire Pelicans situation has been we wouldn't be surprised to hear him missing an extended amount of time to heal. The Pelicans have a capable big in Jahlil Okafor waiting and he's the guy you want to pick up if you think Davis is going to miss extra time. There's still no official word from the Pelicans but that should come soon so check back here for more clarity.
February 14, 2019, 10:25 pmE'Twaun Moore - G - New Orleans Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers, a rebound, three assists and a steal on Thursday.
He briefly left the game with a left knee contusion, but quickly returned to action. Moore was hot tonight in only 17 minutes, but if his role is going to be diminished he isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Darius Miller (35 minutes, eight points, four rebounds, five assists, a steal and two triples) was decent but when gauging who to own it's all about the minutes and usage which favor Miller at the moment.
February 14, 2019, 10:24 pmJahlil Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting with eight rebounds and two assists against the Thunder on Thursday.
Okafor might be in line for more minutes now with Anthony Davis (shoulder) dealing with an injury that might sit him out for an extended amount of time. It wouldn't be a bad move to scoop up Okafor as a preemptive move in case the Pelicans decide to rest Davis.
February 14, 2019, 10:24 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook continued his historic triple-double streak on Thursday with a monstrous 44-14-11 line to go with four 3-pointers, a steal and two blocks.
Westbrook did his best to carry the Thunder to a win on Thursday but it just wasn't enough. It was a rare night where Paul George's shots weren't falling but it didn't stop Westbrook from turning on all his gears. To top off his night he went 18-for-30 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line. Efficiency isn't expected from Westbrook, but triple-doubles are the norm.
February 14, 2019, 10:21 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, an assist and two steals on Thursday.
Noel had a great game with Steven Adams (four points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block) struggling to defend the Pelicans on the perimeter. With Anthony Davis (shoulder) exiting the game early, the Pelicans leaned a lot more on Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle which was a better matchup for Noel than it was for Adams. Noel is still just a watch list guy in case Adams sits.
February 14, 2019, 10:21 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George scored 28 points on 11-of-29 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block against the Pelicans on Thursday.
So it turns out George is actually human and it showed tonight. Even though he had a poor shooting night, he was still able to deliver a full line for owners and we're going to cut him some slack since he's been playing at an MVP level for the past month. The All-Star Break should charge him back up.