New Orleans Pelicans
Rookies: C Jeff Withey
Free Agents: F Al-Farouq Aminu (re-signed), G/F Anthony Morrow, C Greg Stiemsma
Trades: G Tyreke Evans, G Jrue Holiday
Free Agents: None
Trades: G Terrel Harris, C Robin Lopez, G Greivis Vasquez
Waived: C Louis Amundson, G Xavier Henry, G Roger Mason, Jr., F Lance Thomas
The Pelicans seemed to have lost their patience with their rebuild, but that’s not all that bad as they landed some talent.
They now have a very intriguing backcourt with Evans, Holiday, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon. But that could mean that Gordon is about to go as it will be a struggle to get all of these guys enough minutes.
I do like the Holiday deal. Del Demps gets a guy who made the All-Star team last year at the age of 22 and while Holiday’s game isn’t spectacular, it is very good. And they got him for a young big man in Noel who was coming off of knee surgery.
The Evans deal comes at a decent price, but as of now he isn’t going to start and he is still a player who peaked as a rookie. I’m a little less thrilled about Evans than the addition of Holiday.
The Pelicans still need a canter and a small forward and unless they can deal Gordon and get those pieces coming back, the Evans signing makes little sense.
But they are a much more talented team now than they were at this point a season ago so the Pelicans get a passing grade.