Norris Cole PG NO 3 days ago

Cole is a restricted free agent after being extended a qualifying offer by the team, the NBA.com reports.

As the backup point guard last year, Cole performed well down the stretch, and the team clearly sees a future for him in the rotation. Should he accept his $3 million qualifying offer, then Cole will once again provide a spark off the bench for the Pelicans. The 26-year-old guard should be a key contributor for a team that snuck into the playoffs last season, and hopes to return again in 2015-16.

Norris Cole PG NO 3 weeks ago

Cole was traded from the Heat to the Pelicans at the February trade deadline and filled in nicely as the team's backup point guard for 28 games. He finished his run with New Orleans with averages of 9.9 points and 3.2 assists over 24 minutes per game.

Cole started the season in Miami, continuing to serve as a back-up point guard to Mario Chalmers for majority of his tenure. The trade to New Orleans occurred after the Pelicans knew they would be without starting point guard Jrue Holiday for most of the final stretch of the season, and Cole served as a very solid backup with both scoring and passing behind interim starter Tyreke Evans. He was called upon to provide more scoring off the bench than he needed to in Miami, and for the most part, he did not disappoint. Cole is quick driving to the lane and a solid finisher given his size, but he still could improve on the consistency of his jump shot. Nevertheless, Cole will enter the offseason as a free agent, and while it is assumed that the Pelicans would be more than happy to have him back given the injury concerns of Holiday, he should have absolutely no problem finding a long-term deal if New Orleans decides to go in another direction.

Norris Cole PG NO 3 months ago

Cole scored eight points (3-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with three rebounds, six assists and one block in 34 minutes off the bench Saturday, in the Pelicans' loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of their playoff matchup.

With Tyreke Evans (knee) lasting just 12 minutes and Jrue Holiday not back to full health from his leg issue, Cole assumed a larger role in the loss to the Warriors. If he is forced to take on a similar role throughout the series, the Pelicans could be in danger of a quick exit, as Cole averaged just 11.3 points and 5.0 assists per 36 minutes throughout the season, including stints as a starter in Miami.

Norris Cole PG NO 3 months ago

Cole started for Eric Gordon and provided 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four assists in 26 minutes before fouling out in the loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Cole has provided 13.3 points, 2.0 3-pointers, and 4.0 assists in his last three games. He has also had to guard Eric Bledsoe, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul in those games. Cole makes for a decent short-term add while Tyreke Evans (ankle) is out.

Norris Cole PG NO 3 months ago

Cole will start in Sunday's game against the Clippers, broadcaster Sean Kelley reports.

Normal starter Tyreke Evans (ankle) will not play Sunday so Cole should benefit from added minutes on the court. It's unclear how long Evans will be sidelined, but it would be surprising if he was held off the court past Sunday's game.

Norris Cole PG NO 4 months ago

Cole will head back to the bench for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

Cole saw a spot start in Wednesday's game against the Nets with the absence of Tyreke Evans (ankle), but Evans will return to the starting lineup which demotes Cole back to the bench. As a result, Cole's minutes will likely take a hit moving forward.

Norris Cole PG NO 4 months ago

Cole scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and registered five rebounds, four assists and three steals in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

With Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined, Cole moved into the starting lineup and turned in an impressive performance. He's been solid in the month of March since coming over from Miami, averaging 10.9 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 35 percent from three. If Evans misses any more time, look for Cole to remain in the starting lineup.

Norris Cole PG NO 4 months ago

Cole will get the start at point guard Tuesday with Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports reports.

Cole suddenly becomes a solid value play in daily formats for Tuesday with this news. Hale also reported that Eric Gordon and Jimmer Fredette could get some run at point guard as well Tuesday.

Norris Cole PG NO 4 months ago

Cole scored 11 points (3-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with four assists, two rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench Monday.

Tyreke Evans limped off the court in the second half, and if the injury proves to be serious Cole would likely be in line for a much bigger role given the Pelicans' lack of other options at point guard right now.

Norris Cole PG NO 4 months ago

Cole scored a team-high 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with three assists and a block in 36 minutes off the bench Monday.

This was his best scoring night since joining the Pelicans, although Cole has scored in double digits in five of his six games with New Orleans. In deep fantasy leagues, his apparently stable bench role while Jrue Holiday (leg) is sidelined could make him worth a roster spot.