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|
|9||PG||6' 4"||200||09/09/1989 (30)||0|
|15||PG||6' 3"||205||05/04/1998 (21)||0|
|14||PG||6' 1"||180||09/09/1993 (26)||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 (22)||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 guard Jrue Holiday (quad) has been removed from the injury report for Monday's preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs. Holiday did not play in Friday's contest due to a left quad contusion. Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker saw more minutes without Holiday on the court. It appears Holiday is fine, so he'll be a stud for fantasy leagues this year.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Derrick Favors (hamstring) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Atlanta Hawks. Favors missed a few practices and was listed as questionable heading into this one. The Pelicans may decide to limit him, but he should be good to go for Monday. Fantasy owners shouldn't have anything to worry about, because it sounds like Favors is fine.
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.