Inconsistency continued to plague Mario Chalmers in transition season
MAY 7, 4:30p ET | Surya Fernandez
Rotowire: Jul 1 / 9:29a ET
News: Cole is a restricted free agent after being extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans, NBA.com reports.
Impact: As the backup point guard last year, Cole performed well down the stretch, and the team clearly sees a future for him in the rotation. Should he accept his $3 million qualifying offer, then Cole will once again provide a spark off the bench for the Pelicans. The 26-year-old guard should be a key contributor for a team that snuck into the playoffs last season, and hopes to return again in 2015-16.
Rotowire: Jun 11 / 10:39a ET
News: Cole was traded from the Heat to the Pelicans at the February trade deadline and filled in nicely as the team's backup point guard for 28 games. He finished his run with New Orleans with averages of 9.9 points and 3.2 assists over 24 minutes per game.
Impact: Cole started the season in Miami, continuing to serve as a back-up point guard to Mario Chalmers for majority of his tenure. The trade to New Orleans occurred after the Pelicans knew they would be without starting point guard Jrue Holiday for most of the final stretch of the season, and Cole served as a very solid backup with both scoring and passing behind interim starter Tyreke Evans. He was called upon to provide more scoring off the bench than he needed to in Miami, and for the most part, he did not disappoint. Cole is quick driving to the lane and a solid finisher given his size, but he still could improve on the consistency of his jump shot. Nevertheless, Cole will enter the offseason as a free agent, and while it is assumed that the Pelicans would be more than happy to have him back given the injury concerns of Holiday, he should have absolutely no problem finding a long-term deal if New Orleans decides to go in another direction.
Rotowire: Apr 18 / 5:21p ET
News: Cole scored eight points (3-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with three rebounds, six assists and one block in 34 minutes off the bench Saturday, in the Pelicans' loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of their playoff matchup.
Impact: With Tyreke Evans (knee) lasting just 12 minutes and Jrue Holiday not back to full health from his leg issue, Cole assumed a larger role in the loss to the Warriors. If he is forced to take on a similar role throughout the series, the Pelicans could be in danger of a quick exit, as Cole averaged just 11.3 points and 5.0 assists per 36 minutes throughout the season, including stints as a starter in Miami.