There is one thing I can’t get around for the Pelicans: there are so many perimeter players, and therefore, so few perimeter minutes available. The Pelicans are now down to 15 players with their recent…
July 16, 2019, 5:33 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Lonzo Ball (left ankle) said he'll be ready to go in "a week or two."
Ball missed the final 35 games of the season because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in January. Last season also started off slowly as a preseason groin injury cost him a chance to open the year as a starter, and he was forced into sharing point guard work with Rajon Rondo and LeBron James when healthy. A fresh start in New Orleans, where Ball can play an up-tempo game as a franchise building block, should do him wonders. There's some injury risk here considering he's logged only 99 games through two seasons, but Ball's stat set — even with the poor efficiency — could support middle-round numbers. It sounds as though he'll be good to go for training camp.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 5:26 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram (right arm DVT) said that he's "really close" to resuming normal workouts.
Ingram underwent surgery on March 16 and the Pelicans have been consistent in saying they have no long-term concerns about Ingram's health. We're fully expecting him to be ready for training camp, though you'll want to keep an eye out for further updates as camp approaches. Ingram's stat set has the same holes as always, but it's possible that this season he'll become a featured player and bludgeon his way to enough volume to make up for his weak spots. His outlook improves on what it would've been with the Lakers, but Ingram still looks like a player that will be overdrafted.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 11:59 amNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.
This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.
July 15, 2019, 6:35 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially signed J.J. Redick.
Redick heads to New Orleans on a two-year deal for $26.5 million. He's starting to get up there in years but his shooting figures to age gracefully, and he'll give the Pelicans a level of spacing that they haven't had in quite some time. Redick should be good for the usual fantasy production, which means you'll probably find a little profit at his ADP. He is unlikely to repeat his 30-plus mpg from the last two seasons considering the Pelicans' backcourt depth, however, so some steps back should be expected. But even as a sixth man, Redick's stat profile gives him a solid path to standard-league value.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans
July 15, 2019, 5:14 pmChristian WoodPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood, per Shams Charania.
Wood was a dominant force in Summer League last season and that carried over into the G-League, where he averaged 29 points, 14 boards and two blocks. He burst onto the scene with some big games for the Pelicans late in the season, ending up with 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.8 threes in 23.6 minutes per night across eight contests with New Orleans. Unfortunately for him, the Pels added Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes to the frontcourt mix. Wood will be a name to watch in deep leagues on the chances that he lands in a favorable situation.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 8:20 pmJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes was noticeably quiet in Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies in Summer League, posting just nine points on 4-of-5 shooting with six boards and one steal.
Hayes has been a one of the more fun big men to watch in Summer League, so it's a shame to see him end it on a subdued note. However, he's already passed the eye test and he figures to be a good source of blocks and field goal percentage if given minutes and opportunity.
July 14, 2019, 8:04 pmKenrich WilliamsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Kenrich Williams logged a team-high 30 minutes for the Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 10 points (5-of-14 shooting) with 11 rebounds, two dimes, three steals and one blocked shot.
Williams has played well in Summer League. His high-energy presence on the floor and his defensive tenacity will keep his spot in the rotation locked up. His outlook took a bit of a hit given the talent that the Pelicans added over the summer, but he should still be a good source of rebounds, steals and some 3s in deep leagues.
July 14, 2019, 7:58 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had a rough Sunday night, going 5-for-23 from the field to finish with 14 points as the Pelicans fell to the Grizzlies 86-88 in OT,
Alexander-Walker was on fire prior to this game and a bad one was due to come his way sooner or later. He did add seven rebounds, two 3s, five assists and three steals to round out his line for the night. He's a solid rookie for the Pelicans but will be competing for backup SG minutes with Josh Hart and J.J. Redick, so he won't be seeing a lot of burn from the get-go.
July 13, 2019, 8:59 pmJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes recorded 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and one block in Saturday's Summer League win over the Heat.
Hayes has been printing posters all Summer League, but we're going to have to wait until the preseason to have an acid test and see if he can do what he does against more formidable opponents. Until then, he's a must-add on your watch lists as a potential late-round source of boards and blocks.
July 13, 2019, 8:42 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker exploded for a game-high 34 points on 9-of-21 shooting (five 3s), adding five rebounds, five dimes and four steals in Saturday's Summer League OT win over the Heat.
NAW has been just a thrill to watch in Summer League, showing that his NBA-ready game is legit and more than just draft-hype. It's almost a shame that he's playing for the Pelicans and behind all that backcourt depth. Still, if he plays this well, it'll be hard to deny him minutes.
July 12, 2019, 8:23 amDairis BertansPG, New Orleans Pelicans
A day after the Pelicans waived him, Dairis Bertans has signed a two-year contract with Russian Euroleague club Khimki.
On March 1st, Bertans signed a multi-year deal with the Pelicans, but in 12 games, he never found his footing, shooting just 25.5 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from behind the arc. Bertans was brought in by former interim GM Danny Ferry and it’s logical to see him depart after the regime change that put David Griffin in full control of basketball ops in New Orleans. Bertans is already 29 years old so we shouldn’t expect to see him back in the NBA any time soon.
July 11, 2019, 4:15 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (left knee bruise) is still expected to play for the Select Team at Team USA training camp, per David Griffin.
The Pels ruled Williamson out for the rest of Summer League after he took a shot to the knee 11 minutes into his debut, but it's simply precautionary. New Orleans planning on using his Vegas stint as a ramp-up and simply wanted to help him get his conditioning up before working with Team USA. There's no need to fret for fantasy purposes.
July 10, 2019, 9:40 pmJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes posted a solid stat-line against the Cavs in Wednesday's 99-78 blowout, scoring 13 points (6-of-8 shooting) to go with seven rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
He did have seven fouls, but there wasn't much else to complain about in this one for Hayes. He's looked very solid in Summer League thus far for a player many thought was a project. It remains to be seen how he will fare against better talent, but all things have pointed in a positive direction for him early on in his professional debut.
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