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.
July 10, 2019, 9:27 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker dominated the Cavs in Wednesday's Summer League win, scoring 26 points (10-of-20 shooting) to go with five rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.
Alexander-Walker flashed an all-around skill set once again, making an early case to be considered for rotation minutes in what is currently a crowded backcourt with Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick and Josh Hart. He still figures to get chances in his first year on a New Orleans team that will look to toe the line of prioritizing youth while still making a push to compete for the playoffs.
July 9, 2019, 2:57 pmJeff BzdelikTeam, Houston Rockets
The Pelicans have offered Jeff Bzdelik a job as an assistant coach as the highly-regarded coach weighs his future.
Bzdelik, was the Rockets defensive coordinator, but recently parted ways with the team and is deciding what stop to make next in his career. The Pelicans are an exciting young team with even more future assets in their pocket and could use another respected veteran coach on the bench. Bzdelik is sure to get additional offers after he was able to turn the Rockets into a very good defensive team under Mike D’Antoni, who is a notoriously offensive-minded head coach. The Pelicans have one of the brightest futures ahead after selecting Zion Williamson first overall in June.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 12:20 amKenrich WilliamsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Kenrich "Kenny Hustle" Williams was a force on the glass for the Pelicans on Monday, grabbing 13 boards in 21 minutes.
He added eight points, three assists, one 3-pointer and two steals to the box score on the night. Williams emerged as a deep-league pickup late last season and emerged as an intriguing source of rebounds, threes and steals. Unfortunately for him (and his outlook), the Pelicans stockpiled a bunch of young talent for 2019-20. He'll need to earn his minutes, but given his hustle mentality, that shouldn't be too monumental a task.
July 9, 2019, 12:10 amNickeil Alexander-WalkerPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker filled up the stat sheet in Monday's thrashing of the Bulls in Summer League (109-72), dropping 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
The kid did it all as he hit three treys, added two rebounds, eight dimes, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes of action. He's got a great skill and stat set for sure, but given the Pelican's depth, he will have some serious competition for those backcourt minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on him in the preseason.
July 9, 2019, 12:01 amJaxson HayesPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes put on a show for fans on Monday night in his Summer League debut, erupting for 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 8-of-14 shooting from the line.
He also added four rebounds and three blocks. Hayes had some nice dunks. A lot of them, actually and even a sick poster-worthy slam over some poor Bulls player. He's going to be an interesting player to watch in the preseason, for sure. His free throw shooting could be a concern but he could be a good source of blocks and some scoring at a high efficiency from the field.