Ryan Anderson PF NO 3 Days

Anderson logged his first minutes at the small forward spot this preseason during Monday's game against the Wizards.

The Pelicans have been unenthused with their small forward options since letting Al-Farouq Aminu walk this offseason. With Darius Miller, John Salmons and Luke Babbitt failing to impress, Anderson and guard Tyreke Evans could see the majority of the minutes at the three. While its premature to assume Anderson logs heavy minutes at small forward, any minutes there should ensure all of Anderson, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik get some extra burn.

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Anderson said he's capable of playing some small forward, and practiced at the three Friday, NBA.com's Jim Eichenhofer reports.

Anderson was already going to see plenty of minutes despite sharing the frontcourt with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. But if the Pelicans start using a big lineup with Anderson at the three, that will only increase his fantasy value.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 19 Days

Anderson played 14 minutes in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Heat, scoring 12 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds.

Anderson missed 60 games last season amid injuries, including two herniated disks in his neck that ended his campaign in January. However, now 100 percent healthy, Anderson returned to the court Saturday and was very efficient from a scoring perspective. With a trio of three-pointers, Anderson once again displayed his value as one of the league's better players at the en vogue "stretch-four" position.

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Anderson is under no medical restrictions, but he will be brought along slowly in camp and during the preseason, the Times-Picayune's John Reid reports. "I'm just glad he's out on the floor and he's happy," coach Monty Williams said. "You can tell he's got a different step about him this year. His mojo is in the right place."

He did agility drills, went through contact work and ran at full speed during Tuesday's practice, emerging without any issues. Given Anderson's clean bill of health, the more important issue surrounding the stretch four is how he will be used in the Pelicans' offense after the team acquired Omer Asik. Considering Anderson led the team in minutes per game (36.1) before he got hurt in 2013-14, it seems reasonable to expect Anderson , along with Anthony Davis, to lead the Pelicans' frontcourt in minutes, while Asik steps in as just a better version of Jason Smith, who saw 26.8 mpg last season. Given the (unnecessary) doubt surrounding Anderson's health and status on the team, he's an excellent bargain in fantasy leagues right now.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 2 Months

Anderson (neck) has been cleared for full contact, essentially making him 100-percent healthy going into the season.

Anderson announced that his doctors cleared him for full contact via his Instagram account Wednesday. He injured his neck in January and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc. Anderson should be considered healthy for all fantasy purposes, and the only thing that hurts his fantasy value at the moment is the potential impact the addition of Omer Asik might have on his minutes this season. In 22 games played last season, Anderson averaged 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game. If the Pelicans are healthy, it's reasonable to think that his points and minutes played will go down this season, impacting his fantasy value.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 2 Months

Anderson is feeling "great" after missing the majority of the 2013-14 season with injury, the Times-Picayune reports.

Anderson suffered two herniated discs in his neck after a scary collision in Boston in early January. The injury limited him to just 22 games last year, but�much like the rest of his teammates�this season promises to be healthier for the sharp-shooting forward. With Omer Asik acquired to anchor the middle and Anthony Davis continuing to improve, the Pelicans should have a very formidable frontcourt.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 2 Months

Anderson (back) is recovering smoothly from a herniated disc and expects to be ready for training camp, NBA.com reports.

Anderson hasn't played since an on-court collision with Boston's Gerald Wallace ended his season in early January. He received clearance to return to the court last week but will be held out of full contact drills for a few more weeks. "I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can't play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn't be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I'll be ready to go all out." Anderson played in only 22 games last season, averaging 19.8 points while hitting at a 40.9 percent clip from three-point range - both career-highs. Assuming he's back at full strength in 2014-15, Anderson should play a vital role for a Pelicans team that could contend for a playoff spot if they stay healthy.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 4 Months

The Pelicans are shopping Ryan Anderson in a trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Pelicans traded their 2014 first-round draft pick in the Jrue Holiday deal, so they would like to get in the mix tonight. Anderson played just 22 games last year, but made a whopping 3.0 treys per game. He is on schedule to return from his neck surgery and should be ready for training camp. The arrival of Omer Asik could also hurt Anderson's playing time, but he should bury plenty of treys no matter where he plays.

Ryan Anderson PF NO 4 Months

Coach Monty Williams said Ryan Anderson is "on target" from his rehab and he is expected to be ready for training camp.

Dating back to April, Anderson's prognosis has him expected to resume basketball activities in August to October. He had spine surgery on Apr. 8 after suffering his back injury on Jan 3. He was knocking down 3.0 triples per game before injury and should start hit the ground running next season.

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Ryan Anderson (spine surgery) is expected to resume basketball activities in 4-6 months.

The Tuesday surgery on Anderson's cervical spine for a herniated disc was deemed a success. Given the timetable, it's possible that he'll be ready to return for the start of the 2014-15 season. It's an injury to monitor closely as Anderson is a candidate to lead the league in 3-pointers anytime he's getting 30+ minutes a night.