New Orleans Pelicans

Western Southwest

Stanley Johnson has agreed to a two-year $7.5 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. The 23-year-old has an option on the second year of the deal. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the wake of the massive loss of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors made quick work in trying to put some pieces back together, starting with the signing of Johnson. There are certainly minutes to be had now in Toronto, especially when you consider Danny Green was also lost on Saturday, so the former 8th overall pick will have a decent shot at jumpstarting his career in a pretty interesting situation. The Raptors have been a top-five team in defensive rating in each of the past two seasons, so Johnson's abilities on that end of the floor suits their style well and could result in him earning some solid playing time.

Category: Transactions


PG Elfrid Payton has found a new home in New York, after signing a two-year, $16M deal with the Knicks. Payton split time with the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans last season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With New Orleans completing a trade for Lonzo Ball, the Pels no longer needed the services of Payton. He now finds himself mired in a PG competition, as the Knicks also have former top-10 picks Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina on the roster. While none of these options are particularly good from three (all have a 3PT% below 32%), Payton does have the highest career average of assists at 6.6 APG. Regardless, until one PG distances himself from the pack, head coach David Fizdale will likely use a rotation that will limit the upside of all three players.

Category: Transactions


Julius Randle and the Knicks agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract.

Fantasy Impact: Randle should contribute right away for a rebuilding New York Knicks club. He will enter the starting five, pushing Mario Hezonja or Mitchell Robinson to a bench role. He will be one of the main focal points on offense, and should see an increase in usage. Randle averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 73 games for the Pelicans last season.

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Solomon Hill has been traded along with this year’s No. 57 pick for Atlanta’s No. 8, No. 17, and No. 35 picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Hawks made it clear early on that they wanted to move up in the draft using some of their league-high six draft picks. They are now in control to select Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter. The Pelicans cleared up cap space by dealing Hill, and landed two additional first round picks. It’s a win for both sides.

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Jahlil Okafor's gradual progress has been rewarded as the Pelicans have picked up his second-year club option for next season. He averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 59 games last year. (Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: While he may not be the starting center next season, having him on the team at least adds some insurance at the position with Anthony Davis gone. The Pelicans will likely add some big men tonight in the draft, but Okafor, still only 23, will continue to try to shed his bust label and be a productive player for a team in a rapid rebuild.

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Josh Hart has been sent to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade which also included Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and three first-round picks. Hart is an upgrade over Dairis Bertans and Stanley Johnson on the offensive end. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hart will be a solid rotational player in NOLA as the team lacks depth behind starters Jrue Holiday and now Brandon Ingram. Hart could be a decent late-round flier in re-draft leagues especially if the Pelicans move E'Twaun Moore.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a clear sign that the Lakers are in a win-now mode while they still have LeBron James. Pairing Davis with LeBron doesn't hurt either player's value for fantasy. It remains to be seen what the surrounding cast will look like in the 2019-20 season, but both players should continue to be near the top of draft boards in fantasy. Per agent Rich Paul, Davis plans to go into free agency in 2020, but a potential championship run could certainly play a role in keeping the All-Star in Los Angeles.

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Jrue Holiday will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair an injured core muscle. With Holiday out, Elfrid Payton will man the point with Kenrich Williams and Ian Clark picking up minutes the rest of the way. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Holiday is posting one of his best seasons of his 10 year career while averaging his best scoring numbers with 21.2 points per game plus five rebounds per game. Holiday tied his career-high for steals per game with 1.6 and had his third-highest dimes per game average with 7.7.

Category: Injury Updates


Frank Jackson put in 19 points, six dimes, three rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes of floor time on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson continues to be a solid source of scoring for the limping Pelicans but his lack of anything else makes him hard to trust in fantasy. He's finally found a three-point shot, hitting 2.5 per game from deep over his past four outings. Even still, Jackson has yet to convince he can hold it down on a fantasy roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Kenrich Williams contributed two points, seven boards, two steals and one assist in 25 minutes of game action on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Williams continues to put up impressive rebounding numbers for a guard (5.7 this month), while also showing he can be relied on as a decent three-and-D guy with 1.8 steals and 1.5 triples per game to his name this month. Even still, he's a reach in most fantasy formats even with Jrue Holiday (abdomen) and E'Twaun Moore (quad) unlikely to return this year.

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E'Twaun Moore (quad) will remain on the sidelines on Tuesday when NO takes on the Hawks. (Source: Will Guillory on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Still no light at the end of the tunnel for Moore, who has now missed eight straight. Moore hasn't officially been ruled out for the year but conventional wisdom says him (and Jrue Holiday as well) won't be taking the floor again this season. Kenrich Williams and Frank Jackson take over but don't engender much excitement.

Category: Injury Updates


Cheick Diallo put in 11 points, six rebounds, one dime and one block in just 14 minutes of floor time off the bench on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Diallo has been great when Anthony Davis doesn't play but he can barely stay on the floor for 15 minutes when the Brow is in the lineup so unless they shut their superstar down completely, Diallo has very limited value.

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Ian Clark scored 10 points to go with three dimes and a rebound in 22 minutes of floor time on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Clark scored in double-digits for the third straight game but went just 3-for-13 from the field in an ugly shooting display. He's doing 10.3 points, 3.3 dimes, 1.7 triples, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 steals per game in three games subbing in for Jrue Holiday. Those numbers aren't inspiring and Holiday should be back soon so don't bother picking him up.

Category: Game Recaps


Darius Miller contributed 13 points, two dimes and two rebounds in 29 minutes of game action on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Miller has been a consistent three-point shooter of late, but he does little else for your team. Unless you're desperate for threes, leave him on the wire.

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Markieff Morris scored four points to go with 10 rebounds and one dime in 24 minutes of action off the bench during Thursday's win.

Fantasy Impact: Morris hasn't exactly impressed with his new team, but the 10 boards and 23 minutes were encouraging as they both represent single-game highs for his time in Oklahoma City. Morris isn't worth a fantasy look in this current role however.

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Tim Frazier waived by Pelicans

Thu, Feb 28th 8:03am EST
By Brad Richter

Tim Frazier has been waived from the Pelicans roster. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier played 47 games with the Pelicans this season averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He hasn't played since the return of Elfrid Payton. Frazier will try to latch onto another club as a backup PG.

Category: Transactions


Nikola Mirotic has been traded to the Bucks in exchange for Stanley Johnson, Jason Smith, and multiple second-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mirotic is an instant upgrade to the Bucks already strong bench. He offers great outside shooting and will fit in great with the Bucks drive and dish offense. The addition of Mirotic will likely push Ersan Ilyasova out of the rotation.

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