A potential trade target for many teams, including the Celtics, will be Pelicans swingman Ryan Anderson, who has an expiring $8.5 million contract and has responded well following a serious neck injury in January 2014. Anderson is averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 rebounds this season while mostly coming off the bench and could be the knock-down shooter and floor-stretcher the Celtics could use at power forward. The Pelicans entered Thursday 5½ games out of a playoff spot in the West and could consider making major moves before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Guards Eric Gordon and Norris Cole also have expiring contracts.
Norris Cole, one of the most decorated players in Cleveland State history, had his No. 30 jersey retired at the Wolstein Center Saturday afternoon before the Vikings took on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. A number of Cole’s New Orleans Pelicans teammates were on hand to support him, as was his former Miami Heat teammate, LeBron James. Cole’s number was the third retired by the CSU men’s basketball program, joining Franklin Edwards (No. 14, 1977-81) and Ken “Mouse” McFadden (No. 10, 1985-1989). Head coach Gary Waters and school president Ronald Berkman led Saturday’s festivities. “Norris, who is known for his work ethic and his ability to lead a team, is truly deserving of this honor,” Waters said. “It’s not often that a number is retired, but this is a well-deserved honor and achievement for one of the most well-rounded players I have ever coached.”