Analysis: Gee is expected to once again fill a depth role in his second season with the Pelicans, though he'll likely see his playing time drop a bit after averaging 22.4 minutes per game across 73 appearances in 2015-16. The 30-year-old suffered a ruptured right quad muscle in late March that cost him the rest of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for training camp.
Analysis: It appears Gee's agent and the Pelicans are still hammering out some minor details, but it looks like the swingman will head back to New Orleans after suiting up in 73 games a season ago. He often played out of necessity due to the vast number of injuries up and down the roster, but offered precious little production during his time on the court, averaging 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.4 minutes per game. The 30-year-old journeyman has played for six different teams during his seven-year career, so Gee will finally gain some stability by rejoining the Pelicans. However, if the team remains healthier this season, Gee's playing time will likely fall by the wayside.
Analysis: The move will send New Orleans' own 2nd-round pick in 2018 back to the Pelicans in addition to cash. With the departures of Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng, Miami was in need of a wing to add depth next to Justice Winslow. Babbitt averaged 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 18 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season for the Pelicans.
Analysis: Gordon, when healthy, has been a solid player throughout his NBA career, but he hasn't played more than 64 games in a season since his rookie year, and played just 45 games last season. In those 45 games, he averaged 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game. In Houston, Gordon will play behind James Harden and provide the team with a quality scoring guard off of the bench.
Analysis: With Dwight Howard gone, Houston looked to add another top quality big man to the team, and they've done that with Anderson. Anderson is a 38 percent three point shooter for his career, and he averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while playing 30.4 minutes per contest last season with the Pelicans. He'll undoubtedly start at power forward for the Rockets, with Michael Beasley and Montrezl Harrell likely to be the primary bench players at the position.
Analysis: Ajinca was questionable coming into the day, and with the Pelicans eliminated from playoff contention, there was really no reason to rush the 7-2 big man into action for Wednesday's matchup in Minnesota. The 27 year-old center will finish the season with a line of 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, but the stats don't show how good of a job he did producing during this past month, during which practically the entire Pelicans team has been ravaged by injuries. Expect Omer Asik and Kendrick Perkins to pick up minutes in Ajinca's absence.
Analysis: Babbitt joins a lengthy Pelicans injury list that's bordering on laughable as the season comes to a close. The former Nevada standout has struggled to find a niche, overall, in the NBA, but he's taken on a larger role over the last month, due in large part to the team's aforementioned injuries. In six April contests, Babbitt is averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 52.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Analysis: Cole wasn't officially ruled out for the season due to his ongoing bout with back spasms, but with 19 consecutive absences heading into Wednesday, he was never expected to return. The veteran point guard is set to become a free agent this offseason, and it's uncertain if the Pelicans are interested in bringing him back, especially if Jrue Holiday (eye) and Tyreke Evans (knee) both enter the coming season at full health. Cole was at least a dependable rotation player when called upon this season for the injury-plagued Pelicans, averaging a career-high 10.6 points (on 40.5% shooting from the field) to go along with 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 three-pointers across 26.6 minutes in his 45 appearances.
Analysis: Anderson will finish his season having missed the last 14 games to a sports hernia that will more than likely require offseason surgery. Any operation likely wouldn't affect Anderson's availability for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, nor should it hurt his standing as a sought-after free agent as he hits the open market this summer. The power forward was an effective weapon off the bench for the Pelicans for much of the season, averaging 17 points (on 42.7% shooting), six rebounds, two treys, and 1.1 assists across 30.4 minutes in his 66 appearances.
Analysis: Ajinca missed Monday's game against the Bulls due to an unspecified shoulder injury suffered on Saturday against the Suns, and he's been listed as questionable after originally being taken off the team's injury report. With the Pelicans eliminated from the playoffs they have nothing to gain by forcing Ajinca back if he isn't totally healthy. If he plays expect him to not be at all limited, if he's held out look for Luke Babbitt and Dante Cunningham to see some extra time on the court.