Pregame report: Grizzlies at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
• The Pelicans (10-10) announced late Friday afternoon that they have waived forward Josh Childress, who only played four games (for a total of 24 minutes) with the team since signing in mid-November. Monty Williams on the move: “We got Darius (Miller) back, and Tyreke (Evans) is relatively healthy. We weren’t playing Josh much, or at all. I hate releasing guys, especially when you’ve done good things for us. The things (Childress) did for us in practice were really good for us, but Darius is back now, so it doesn’t make sense to carry all of these wings.”
• Asked if New Orleans is considering filling the opened roster spot with someone, Williams said: “There’s a chance. Dell (Demps) and I have been talking about a number of things. Dell and his staff have been looking at everything. That’s what everyone’s doing with this Dec. 15 thing coming up.” Sunday (Dec. 15) is the first day that players who signed new contracts in the offseason can be plugged into trades.
• Williams half-jokingly said that Anthony Davis has been getting in workouts “behind my back” recently in an effort to try to get back in uniform as soon as possible. Davis was injured Dec. 1 at New York and was given a 4-6 week timetable for his fractured left hand. Williams: “He’s chomping at the bit to get back. Obviously with Tyreke coming back before everyone thought he would, AD’s trying to do the same thing. I want to win as bad as anybody, but not at the expense of putting someone in harm’s way. He’s doing more than he’s supposed to, probably, but we’re trying to be as cautious as we can with him. He’s amped up his workouts.”
• After a reporter wondered if there was a comparison to be drawn between Davis’ injury and the broken hand that Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce has returned from ahead of schedule, Williams responded, “I’m sure there is a little pressure (for Davis) from (Pierce playing with a broken hand), but that’s where I have to take the heat and say, so what? Paul Pierce is my age. AD’s 20. The last thing we want is for (Davis) to do something silly and be out for a longer period. (Also) you never know if it’s the same injury (two different players have). Nothing against Paul, but AD’s a ton more active right now. At this point in his career, Paul is a little more on the perimeter and is a cagey vet. I watched (Pierce) last night (vs. the Clippers), and he was tucking his hand a little bit on defense. I’m not sure AD would know how to do that at this point in his career.”