Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton activated, available tonight for Pelicans

by Jim Eichenhofer

MIAMI – Norris Cole was traded for the first time in his NBA career Thursday afternoon, but at least in the immediate short-term, he didn’t have to worry about packing his bags. With New Orleans scheduled to play in Miami on Saturday, Cole remained in South Florida and officially joined the Pelicans today. He and Justin Hamilton have both been activated by New Orleans (27-27) and will be in uniform against their ex-team tonight.

Both players were on the AmericanAirlines Arena hardwood prior to tip-off Saturday, working with Pelicans assistant coaches and learning more of the team’s playbook and system in a crash-course situation. With Jrue Holiday (leg) sidelined by injury, the Pelicans have 13 players available Saturday, meaning everyone in uniform is active and could be called upon to play.

More from Saturday pregame:

  • Monty Williams on what he anticipates Cole bringing to the Pelicans: “The same thing he added here. Defense on the ball, he can knock down big shots and has a competitive edge I always liked. I’ve watched him for a few years, because Miami plays on TV so much. When you’ve been in a system like (Miami’s), you tend to learn (a lot). I’m sure he can bring some things to our program that we don’t have. I love his defense, I love his ability to take big shots. He’s not afraid.”
  • Williams on Goran Dragic, who will make his Heat debut Saturday: “His penetration is always a big deal (to defend). He’s got good size for a guard. He can shoot the ball from range. So he’s got a complete game for a point guard. You don’t take a guy like him out, but you can make it difficult for him by mixing up your defenses.”
  • Miami announced prior to players arriving at the arena that All-Star forward Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the season as he receives treatment for blood clots on his lung. In a press release, the Heat stated that Bosh is “currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.”

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