New Orleans Pelicans
- Smoothie King Center
|8||C||6' 11"||275||12/15/1995 (23)||3|
|15||PF||6' 10"||265||07/15/1991 (28)||8|
|34||PF||6' 7"||210||12/02/1994 (24)||0|
|5||PF||6' 6"||198||11/04/1994 (24)||0|
|9||PG||6' 4"||200||09/09/1989 (29)||0|
|15||PG||6' 3"||205||05/04/1998 (21)||0|
|17||PG||6' 8"||180||11/08/1999 (19)||0|
|14||PG||6' 1"||180||09/09/1993 (25)||0|
|11||PG||6' 4"||205||06/12/1990 (29)||9|
|2||PG||6' 6"||190||10/27/1997 (21)||1|
|14||SF||6' 9"||190||09/02/1997 (21)||2|
|21||SF||6' 8"||225||03/21/1990 (29)||4|
|17||SF||6' 4"||200||06/24/1984 (35)||12|
|55||SG||6' 4"||191||02/25/1989 (30)||7|
|3||SG||6' 5"||215||03/06/1995 (24)||1|
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (knee) suffered a knee-to-knee hit in the first half of Friday's Summer League debut against former college teammate R.J. Barrett and the New York Knicks. The injury was to his left knee and he was unable to return. The injury is not expected to be serious, the team is likely taking a cautious approach with the No. 1 overall pick. It was a crazy game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, as the game was eventually suspended in the second half due to a 7.1 earthquake centered near Ridgecrest, Calif., causing the giant speakers and scoreboard to sway.
Free agent power forward Julius Randle appears to be the backup plan for the New York Knicks after the team missed out on all the big fish of free agency, as Randle and the team have agreed to a three-year deal for Randle to join the Knicks. While the move clears out room for Zion Williamson to move into the Pelicans starting lineup immediately, Randles move to the Knicks could pay dividends for him from a fantasy perspective. Randle averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last year for a Pelicans team where he wasnt the teams first option; in New York, Randle might end up as the teams leading scorer based on the teams construction. Randle has a chance to put up 25 points and 10 rebounds per game as a volume guy for this Knicks team and he could be one of the biggest fantasy risers of free agency.
The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade power forward/center Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in exchange for swingman Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram and guard Josh Hart, as well as three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to sources. Davis gets his wish and will now play in La La Land next to aging, but still potent, superstar LeBron James. Will it be a match made in heaven? We'll see. But Davis might be rejuvenated playing for what he and Laker Nation hope will be a powerhouse for years to come. He remains a first-round fantasy talent regardless of the jersey he is wearing as long as he can stay healthy.
New Orleans Pelicans power forward/center Christian Wood continued to prove that he belongs in a roster spot in the NBA, as he poured in 26 points and added 12 rebounds in the loss to the Warriors. Wood also added two makes from three and connected on four of five shooting at the line on Tuesday. With the Pelicans expecting to go into rebuild mode if and when they move their star Anthony Davis, we could see them hanging onto Wood, as he has filled in nicely when given the minutes this season. Keep him on your radar for next year's drafts.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor got all the touches he could handle with Anthony Davis and Julius Randle getting the final game of the season off on Tuesday against the Warriors. Okafor put together 30 points on 15-for-24 shooting while gathering seven rebounds and adding two steals to his impressive line. This is it for the Pelicans on their interesting second half to their season, and depending on what happens in New Orleans this offseason, we could see a lot of Okafor next year if they go into full-blown rebuild mode and decide to keep Okafor.