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Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans is still unsure of the role he will be playing this season in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Evans had an up-and-down first season with the Pelicans last year, thriving as a starter and faltering off the bench. However, coach Monty Williams hasn't decided where to put the versatile Evans for the coming season. Williams likes Evans as a guard, where he can play both on and off the ball, but following the departure of Al-Farouq Aminu, the Pelicans have a hole at small forward that Evans can fill—especially now that Omer Asik has been brought in to fortify the defense. Evans, who is still not yet 100 percent but should be by the time training camp starts on September 30, should learn more about his role when Williams returns from his work with Team USA.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fredette is trying to prove himself this season, already working out with his new team to improve his midrange and pick-and-roll game, the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Fredette was acquired by the Pelicans this offseason to offset the loss of Anthony Morrow's sharpshooting ability, but the former BYU star wants to contribute in more ways than just from beyond the arc. If Fredette can improve both offensively and defensively with the pick-and-roll, then he can challenge Austin Rivers and Russ Smith for backup guard minutes this season. As is, New Orleans values Fredette for his flammable shooting, and should give him a chance to display his talents early on this season.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holiday has returned to playing five-on-five during workouts, reports. "I've been working out and been on the court (individually) for a little while, but getting back to playing has been a joy," Holiday said. "The first couple days, just playing and trying to get a rhythm back, seeing my teammates, it's fun."
Impact: Eight months after a stress fracture in his tibia ended Holiday's 2013-14 season, he's back to full strength and is expected to enter camp at 100 percent. While a stress fracture is always a concern, Holiday missed only 14 of 312 games over four years with the Sixers before coming to New Orleans last summer. Prior to the injury, Holiday was enjoying a strong statistical season, averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds while shooting a hair under 45 percent from the floor. During the month of December, Holiday's averages jumped to 16.3 points and 9.0 assists, and he notched five double-digit assist games.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans should be fully healthy for the start of training camp September 30, the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: The Pelicans' wing needed off-season surgery on his right knee after being one of the healthiest players in New Orleans during the campaign, but general manager Dell Demps expects Evans and the rest of last year's banged up team to be 100 percent by the time camp starts. A reserve for the majority of last season, Evans struggled to adjust in his first year as a Pelican, but the former Rookie of the Year did thrive as a starter when given the opportunity. Regardless of whether Evans starts or plays with the second unit, he should see plenty of minutes and be productive in his second year in New Orleans.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rivers has put the trade rumors behind him this offseason, adding 10 pounds of muscle, improving his midrange game and declaring the coming season, "my year," the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: The former Duke guard has been a disappointment for the Pelicans since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the draft that also netted the then-Hornets Anthony Davis. The past few seasons Rivers has competed against, and lost to, Brian Roberts for backup point guard minutes, but with Roberts in Charlotte Rivers' only competition will be second-round pick Russ Smith. Rivers' play has improved over the course of his brief NBA career, and with the extra muscle and wrinkle to his offensive game, there is reason to believe the Pelicans could see major improvement from their former lottery pick.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holiday and the rest of the banged up Pelicans, according to general manager Dell Demps, should be fully recovered for the start of training camp, the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: All of Holiday, Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans should be a full go after various offseason surgeries. Now healthy with his right tibia injury behind him, Holiday should have no problem besting his uninspiring first season in New Orleans, when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 assists per game. Playing alongside Anthony Davis and the other healthy Pelican stars, Holiday could have a big year ahead of him.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson (neck) has been cleared for full contact, essentially making him 100-percent healthy going into the season.
Impact: Anderson announced that his doctors cleared him for full contact via his Instagram account Wednesday. He injured his neck in January and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc. Anderson should be considered healthy for all fantasy purposes, and the only thing that hurts his fantasy value at the moment is the potential impact the addition of Omer Asik might have on his minutes this season. In 22 games played last season, Anderson averaged 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game. If the Pelicans are healthy, it's reasonable to think that his points and minutes played will go down this season, impacting his fantasy value.