Nicolo Melli
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/7/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A 28-year-old out of Italy, Melli signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pelicans over the summer. He's been playing professionally overseas since 2010-11, and he most recently appeared in 78 games (68 starts) for Fenerbahce Ulker. In EuroLeague contests, he averaged 7.3 points on 5.9 shots, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.9 minutes. He projects as a three-point threat at the NBA level, as he's cracked at least 40 percent from distance in each of the past four seasons. It's possible he earns reserve power forward minutes behind Zion Williamson, but he'll be competing against the likes of Darius Miller, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and Kenrich Williams. Either way, it seems unlikely Melli will end up with standard league relevance, and he's even a risky deep league selection Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Working back from knee surgery
FNew Orleans Pelicans
July 16, 2019
Melli is still recovering from knee surgery and will not play for the Italian National Team at the FIBA World Cup, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reports.
The procedure, which Melli underwent at the end of the Turkish league season, doesn't look to be anything overly serious, but he'll hold himself out of international play as he preps for his jump to the NBA. Melli will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis going forward, but as of now his availability for the start of the 2019-20 season doesn't appear to be in any jeopardy.
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Finalizing deal with Pelicans
FNew Orleans Pelicans
June 30, 2019
Melli is expected to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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