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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Salmons appears to be the frontrunner for the backup three spot after coach Monty Williams said, "in a perfect world, I want to have Tyreke handling the ball more and Austin or Jimmer in a scoring role, along with John (Salmons) are whoever else playing that backup three spot," the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Salmons had previously been competing for the starting small forward job, but has since lost out to Tryeke Evans. All of Salmons, Luke Babbitt and Darius Miller have struggled this preseason, but it seems like the veteran Salmons will have the first crack at plying his wares once the games start counting. His role should be a minor one unless injury strikes in New Orleans.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rivers, who has played alongside Jimmer Fredette this preseason, now appears to be competing with him after coach Monty Williams said, "I want to have Tyreke handling the ball more and Austin or Jimmer in a scoring role," the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Williams' quote reveals he wants Evans to be a guard in the second unit, which leaves room for only one of Rivers or Fredette. Williams also said Evans and one of the guards would play with "John (Salmons) or whoever else playing that backup three spot." Although Rivers has played strong defense and distributed better than Fredette, the former BYU star offers the perimeter shooting the Pelicans need after the departure of Anthony Morrow. Minutes for Rivers and Fredette may be fluid all season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fredette will play off the ball during the regular season, the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: This is a departure from the plan during the preseason, where Fredette and Austin Rivers have been sharing ball handling duties for the second unit. Coach Monty Williams' plan is now for Tyreke Evans to do most of the dribbling with the subs while Fredette or Rivers try to score. Williams used the word "or", not "and" when discussing Fredette and Rivers, which may mean only one of the two is destined for rotation minutes.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis practiced Tuesday, but had a protective wrap on his right wrist, the Times-Picayune's John Reid reports.
Impact: This was his first action since spraining his wrist during the third quarter of Monday's preseason game. Davis said he could have gone back in that game, but obviously with it being the preseason, the Pelicans didn't want to run him back out there. He is questionable for Thursday's preseason game, but all signs point to him being ready to go for the season opener.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson logged his first minutes at the small forward spot this preseason during Monday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: The Pelicans have been unenthused with their small forward options since letting Al-Farouq Aminu walk this offseason. With Darius Miller, John Salmons and Luke Babbitt failing to impress, Anderson and guard Tyreke Evans could see the majority of the minutes at the three. While its premature to assume Anderson logs heavy minutes at small forward, any minutes there should ensure all of Anderson, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik get some extra burn.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans started at small forward and played 20 minutes on Monday, scoring 10 points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3P, 4-4 FT) with seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Impact: He's still getting his legs back under him after being limited by a hamstring injury earlier in the preseason, but Evans put up a very fantasy-friendly line in just his second exhibition game. If he remains in the starting five instead of coming off the bench as he did for most of last season, Evans could put up some interesting numbers.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis sprained his right wrist Monday at Washington and is questionable to return, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: After a hard fall Monday, Davis' wrist was wrapped by the training staff. The series of events will likely keep him out of commission for the remainder of Monday's exhibition, but not before destroying the Wizards' frontcourt to the tune of 14 points (7-8 FG), eight rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 21 minutes. Consider him day-to-day in advance of the Pelicans' final preseason tilt Thursday versus the Mavericks.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (back) is expected to play in Monday's preseason game against the Wizards, The Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Gordon has been a full participant in practice for the last two days and hasn't suffered any recurring back spasms. Successfully participating in Monday's preseason game would mean that he'll likely be ready to go for the start of the regular season on Oct. 28 against the Magic.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (back) participated in Friday's practice, the Times-Picayune's John Reid reports.
Impact: The Pelicans won't decide if Gordon can play in Monday's preseason game until Sunday, at the earliest. However, it's encouraging that he was able to practice after sitting out Thursday's game with back spasms, and he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Salmons didn't make it off the bench Thursday night, sitting out as the Pelicans defeated the Thunder.
Impact: Salmons had been in the running for the starting small forward job, but has seemingly squandered the opportunity, shooting just 2-of-9 from the field in four preseason games. Luke Babbitt started at small forward in this one, with Darius Miller logging 22 minutes off the bench, but the starting job will likely go to Tyreke Evans now that he is recovered from injury.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans (hamstring) will start Thursday's preseason game versus the Thunder.
Impact: Evans has been sidelined by a hamstring problem so far this preseason, but will make his exhibition debut Thursday. With Eric Gordon (back) out, Evans is expected to start at shooting guard. However, once the regular season begins, the versatile wing may fill New Orleans' small forward or even sixth man role. As a result, it should be worthwhile to monitor Evans' play and positioning throughout the preseason.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans (hamstring) is considered probable to make his preseason debut Thursday against Oklahoma City, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: A hamstring injury has kept Evans from seeing the floor thus far in the preseason, but it appears as though he's finally ready to return to action. Evans played well as the fill-in point guard after Jrue Holiday was lost to injury last season, but he'll slide back to small forward with both Holiday and Eric Gordon healthy. The wing may not be Evans' most natural spot, though, and it's possible he could shift to a sixth man role at some point to see more time in the backcourt.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (back) is doubtful to play Thursday against Oklahoma City, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Gordon said his back tightened up after Tuesday's exhibition, and he's been dealing with spasms for the past day or so. While Gordon indicated the spasms are nothing serious, he'll likely be held out of action Thursday to avoid any aggravation.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans (hamstring) will not play Tuesday against Houston but hopes to be available Thursday against Oklahoma City. "I feel much better," Evans said. "When I make a move, I don't feel anything pulling too badly. The hamstring is tricky; some days it's good, some days it isn't. I've been doing a good job of icing it and getting my rehab in."
Impact: Evans is yet to play this preseason after aggravating a left hamstring injury prior to training camp. He practiced for the first time over the weekend and hopes to see time in at least two of the Pelicans' four remaining preseason games. Barring a setback, it appears he'll attempt to give it a go Thursday, and he could play again Monday, Oct. 20 (versus Washington) if all goes smoothly.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans (hamstring) is emerging as the likely starter at small forward, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "Tyreke right now in my head, that's where he is going to play (at small forward)," coach Monty Williams said. "Playing Tyreke at the three for 30 or 35 minutes doesn't benefit him to go down there and bang with 6 (feet) 8 or 6 (feet) 9 guys who can go down there and post him up. Conversely those guys have to guard him in transition and in pick and roll."
Impact: During the offseason, it appeared the Pelicans were prepared to bring Evans off the bench as a sixth man, enabling him to see time at small forward, as well as both guard positions. However, with Darius Miller, Luke Babbitt and John Salmons each failing to grab hold of the starting job, the Pelicans are leaning toward inserting Evans into the lineup. It's not set in stone, though, and Williams was clear that the starting spot is still up for grabs. "I want to see John [Salmons] in the starting group a little bit to see if his experience and know how can help that group. It's still open right now," Williams said.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans (hamstring) went through a non-contact practice Saturday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Evans, who was injured in a pickup game in late September, was only able to get in "some work" Saturday, but coach Monty Williams said it went well. It represents a positive step toward Evans' goal of being ready for the Pelicans' Oct. 28 regluar-season opener against the Magic.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson said he's capable of playing some small forward, and practiced at the three Friday, NBA.com's Jim Eichenhofer reports.
Impact: Anderson was already going to see plenty of minutes despite sharing the frontcourt with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. But if the Pelicans start using a big lineup with Anderson at the three, that will only increase his fantasy value.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Macklin was waived by the Pelicans on Thursday.
Impact: Macklin played with the Magic's Summer League team recently and hoped to make the Pelicans' roster during training camp, but now he'll hit the open market and explore alternative options for this fall.