May 20, 2020, 1:42 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee) has been able to rehab at team facilities during the league shutdown.
While he did not work out on the court, Williamson did have access to training staff with the goal of keeping his knee flexible. He is expected to be ready for game action if the season resumes.
May 20, 2020, 1:38 pmKenrich WilliamsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Kenrich Williams (lower back soreness) was able to visit team facilities for rehab purposes during the league shutdown.
Williams is progressing well and should be able to practice with the team in the near future. However, he does not play enough to merit a fantasy roster spot should the season resume.
May 10, 2020, 8:24 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson's former marketing representative, who he has since cut ties with, called upon him to admit his parents had demanded and received gifts from Nike, Adidas and Duke, in hopes of convincing him to sign with the shoe monoliths and the university respectively.
Williamson sued Gina Ford and Prime Sports in June, in an effort to end his contract with her company. Williamson's attorneys claimed the contract was in violation of North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act since Prime Sports is not recognized by the NBA Players Association or an acknowledged athlete agent in North Carolina or Flordia. It would not be a shocker to discover Williamson received some under the table incentives from the competing shoe companies or NCAA teams hoping to acquire his services on the basketball court, but this should not change his fantasy circumstances for whenever the NBA suspension is lifted. While Williamson clearly has the ability to stuff the stat sheet, he'll have to improve upon his free-throw shooting (.645), and his meager steal (0.8) and block rates (0.5) to become an early-round asset next season.
April 29, 2020, 4:02 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
On the Pelicans Podcast, Nickeil Alexander-Walker told Daniel Sallerson that he had his cast removed recently and was able to avoid surgery to repair a hairline fracture in his right wrist.
Alexander-Walker had the cast on his wrist for roughly five weeks and it is good news that Alexander-Walker's wrist was able to heal without having surgery. He should be ready to play when/if the season resumes at some point this summer/fall.
March 22, 2020, 6:37 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
David Griffin said that Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson have "a very special connection" with one another on the basketball court.
Ball and Williamson have both burst onto the fantasy scene this year, and having a long, versatile point guard tossing up lobs to Zion's insane athleticism is a perfect fit. Out of the shadow of LeBron and all the nonsense that comes with playing for the Lakers, Ball was rolling at early-round levels before the season was suspended. It looks like he and Williamson will be working that alley-oop connection for years to come, which is music to the ears of fantasy owners.
Source: Oleh Kosel on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 10:47 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans-Kings game has been cancelled on Wednesday.
The center for the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday. It was later discovered that one of the refs working the Pelicans-Kings game refereed a Jazz game on Monday which prompted league officials to cancel the game.
Source: Robert Littal on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 6:41 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday carried the load on Sunday in Minnesota, leading the Pelicans to a win with 37 points (13-for-20 FG, 8-of-9 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Holiday set a new season-high in scoring today and it was good to see a line like this after he's been playing like more of a support player while New Orleans' younger charges have been outstanding. Holiday is as safe as it gets in the early-middle rounds and has top-20 upside. Hopefully this is the start of a production binge.
March 8, 2020, 6:39 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball kept his foot on the gas on Sunday, tallying 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four more 3-pointers.
Ball has hit 21 threes over his last four games and despite today's seven turnovers, even 9-cat GMs are loving the Pelicans version of his game. Ball has been, well, balling, and is cooking with early-round value right now. Enjoy the ride.
March 8, 2020, 6:37 pmNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nicolo Melli chipped in 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer on Sunday afternoon.
Melli disappointed with a 4-for-7 mark at the charity stripe but was otherwise solid, furthering his case for fantasy deployment as one of New Orleans' most dependable and versatile options off the bench. This is probably a ceiling game for Melli but he's worth a look if the minutes are there.
March 8, 2020, 6:35 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart dropped a big dud on Sunday, going 0-for-8 from the field to finish with one point, five rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes of action.
Since JJ Redick went down Hart has posted 2-4-2, 19-12-2 (with five cash counters) and now 1-5-0 games. Despite ample opportunity, Hart looks like he'll be very boom or bust, limiting him to deep leagues and streaming situations.
March 8, 2020, 6:30 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram was very quiet on Sunday, turning in 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 40 minutes of action.
Jrue Holiday, Zion Willamson and Lonzo Ball were all feeling it so Ingram took a step back and did well to produce a solid line even if it wasn't defined by scoring. Expect him to get back to more normal production in the next one.
March 7, 2020, 6:38 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker has a hairline fracture in his right wrist and will be out indefinitely.
NAW has not been a prominent part of the Pelicans' rotation to make this news swing his value pointer in either direction. He's just a dynasty stash at this point.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 1:30 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker did not practice on Saturday as he had a cast on his wrist.
The report said that Alexander-Walker got injured in the G League but no specifics were given. After going off in the preseason and summer league, he has underwhelmed in regular season and has been out of the rotation for several weeks now so there are no fantasy implications here but he should be considered questionable for now.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 12:08 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday finished Friday's 110-104 win over the Heat on Friday with 20 points (7-for-13 shooting), six assists, six rebounds, three steals, three triples and a block.
Holiday and Lonzo Ball (16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block) were key to the Pelicans getting a crucial win to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff race. Look for the Pelicans to continue to rely on both of the talented guards as they make their push which should mean good things for fantasy.
March 7, 2020, 12:05 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson posted 17 points (7-for-9 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes on Friday as the Pelicans beat the Heat.
Williamson was third on the team in minutes, as it seems he is ramping up to a full workload as the season wears on. He was much more efficient than Brandon Ingram tonight (12 points on 4-for-20 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, two threes, one steal and one block) but the two talented youngsters were effective enough to beat a talented Heat squad.