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E.J. Liddell suffers torn ACL

Wed, Jul 13th 7:49am EDT
By Garrett Ball

The rookie second round pick out of Ohio State suffered a torn ACL playing against the Hawks in Summer League. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s an unfortunate injury for Liddell, who slid into the second round after many graded him a first round prospect. Liddell had an uphill battle to make the team in New Orleans with the Pelicans already maxing out their guaranteed contract roster spots. Now with his injury, the path to an NBA roster has just become that much harder for him.

Category: Injury Updates


Zion Williamson is nearing a five-year rookie max contract extension worth $231 million with the New Orleans Pelicans according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a season of speculation, Zion Williamson will sign an extension that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2027-28 season. Williamson has averaged 25.7 points, 7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 85 games across parts of two seasons for the Pelicans. The Duke-product missed all of the 2021-22 season recovering from a foot injury.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Ingram went through a full practice on Tuesday. (Source: Garland Gillen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow," Pelicans head coach Willie Green said. Ingram appears on track to being ready to play in Wednesday's play-in game against the Spurs after missing the Pelicans last three games of the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates


According to the NBA Injury Report, Devonte' Graham (knee) has been ruled out Sunday vs. the Warriors. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: The Pelicans will be without Jonas Valanciunas, Devonte' Graham, Brandon Ingram, and Herb Jones on Sunday. With four starters out of the lineup and CJ McCollum on a minutes limit, the Pels will look to Willy Hernangomez, Tony Snell, and Garrett Temple to all see extended minutes as potential starters.

Category: Injury Updates


According to the NBA Injury Report, Herbert Jones (tibia) has been ruled out Sunday vs. the Warriors. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: The Pelicans will be without Jonas Valanciunas, Devonte' Graham, Brandon Ingram, and Herb Jones on Sunday. With four starters out of the lineup and CJ McCollum on a minutes limit, the Pels will look to Willy Hernangomez, Tony Snell, and Garrett Temple to all see extended minutes as potential starters.

Category: Injury Updates


According to the NBA Injury Report, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been ruled out Sunday vs. the Warriors. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: The Pelicans will be without Jonas Valanciunas, Devonte' Graham, Brandon Ingram, and Herb Jones on Sunday. With four starters out of the lineup and CJ McCollum on a minutes limit, the Pels will look to Willy Hernangomez, Tony Snell, and Garrett Temple to all see extended minutes as potential starters.

Category: Injury Updates


Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-7 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench in Thursday's blowout win over Portland.

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez tallied his second straight double-double while shooting 62.5% from the field on Thursday. The minutes are difficult to trust as the center is only averaging 16.4 per game on the season. If the minutes can stay consistently up, it will be interesting to see if the production will follow. The 27-year-old will look to build off of his last two games when the Pelicans visit the Grizzlies on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps


CJ McCollum recorded 23 points (9-19 FG, 5-10 3PT, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in 29 minutes in Thursday's blowout win over Portland.

Fantasy Impact: McCollum is as consistent as they come scoring 20 or more points in 14 of his last 16 games. The Pelicans need the Lehigh product to score plenty of points in order for them to win games which is always good for fantasy. The 30-year-old will look to remain consistent when the Pelicans visit the Grizzlies on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaxson Hayes scored 23 points (10-14 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-3 FT), along with 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in the Pelicans win over Sacramento.

Fantasy Impact: Jaxson Hayes posted his second straight double-double on Tuesday, this one coming with a far more impressive 23-12 stat line compared to the 12-10 he posted on April 3rd. That said, it’s difficult to trust Jaxson Hayes, who before the back-to-back double-doubles, had been held to single-digits in both points and rebounds in five of his last six games.

Category: Game Recaps


Pelicans F Larry Nance Jr has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday’s game in Portland according to the official NBA Injury Report. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Larry Nance Jr is probable return to the lineup Wednesday in Portland after missing the second of back to back games Sunday. Nance Jr has only played in two games since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee back in early January. Nance should see his run ticked up over over the 29 minute threshold Wednesday in what would be his third game since joining New Orleans via trade.

Category: Injury Updates


Trey Murphy III delivered 21 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3PT, 3-3 FT) and four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench for the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie was instrumental in leading the comeback for New Orleans in this one. He came in and really provided a spark for the struggling Pels. He continues to step up for them, but still should not be considered more than a dart-throw in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Alvarado totaled 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), one rebound, seven assists, and three steals in the Pelicans’ 126-109 win over the Bulls on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarado scored 15.0 points in the Pelicans’ win over the Bulls’ putting together a decent fantasy performance in the process. His production is very volatile; however, he can put together worthwhile stat-lines that could allow you to get creative with your roster construction. Single-game contests could be the best way to leverage his value rather than taking on significant risks by trying to force him in your lineups for GPPs.

Category: Game Recaps


Naji Marshall tallied 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 37 minutes of action in Sunday's win over the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Marshall got the start Sunday night in place of the injured Brandon Ingram and produced a nice double-double. As long as the Xavier product continues to see an expanded role due to Ingram's absence, he remains a sneaky fantasy asset. The 24-year-old will look to stay productive in a tough matchup when the Pelicans host the Suns on Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps


The New Orleans Pelicans are signing Alize Johnson to his second 10-day contract according to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson had been released Friday to make room the 10-day contract signing of Tyrone Wallace. The Pelicans are using a hardship exception on this second deal, as had been expected. The 25-year old forward appeared in three games during his first 10-day contract, scoring 9 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 25 minutes.


According to Jim Eichenhofer, Tony Snell will start for Brandon Ingram on Tuesday. (Source: Jim Eichenhofer)

Fantasy Impact: With Brandon Ingram out of the lineup on Tuesday, Tony Snell will start for the injured wing. The guard has averaged 7.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 8 games for the Pelicans in his career.

Category: Injury Updates


The New Orleans Pelicans traded guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker to the Portland Trailblazers as part of a package to acquire guard CJ McCollum

Fantasy Impact: Alexander-Walker should immediately see an increased opportunity on the offensive end, as the Trailblazers enter into a re-tooling.


The New Orleans Pelicans traded guard Josh Hart and draft pick compensation to the Portland Trailblazers for guard CJ McCollum. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hart will look for a fresh start in Portland under the tutelage of Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups as Portland appears finally ready to begin a retooling of their roster. The young guard should see an immediate increase in volume as one the main options on offense for the Trailblazers.


Per the New Orleans Pelicans' official twitter account, Garrett Temple is available for Tuesday's game versus Houston after clearing NBA Health and Safety Protocols. (Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: On Tuesday Pelicans guard Garrett Temple cleared heath and safety protocols. The veteran will slide back into the Pelicans' rotation where he has averaged 5.7 points in 19.9 minutes per game.

Category: Injury Updates