The New Orleans Pelicans will take a long, hard look at the free-agent market this offseason.
General manager Dell Demps has accumulated a team led by newly named Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams and a young core centered around Anthony Davis. Players see the direction this team is headed and will want to be a part of it. Those looking for a new home will be attracted to the Big Easy.
The primary concerns for Williams’ team include perimeter defense as well as small forward, center and the backup shooting guard positions.
Currently, the Pelicans have just under $34 million in guaranteed contracts for next season. With another $9.466 million in non-guaranteed contract options, that totals a $43.42 million investment for 2013-14.
The non-guaranteed players include Robin Lopez, Jason Smith, Lance Thomas, Brian Roberts, Darius Miller and Terrel Harris. It is probable that not all of these players will be retained this summer.
So, with at least $15 million to spend (for the 2013-14 season) in the offseason, there are a handful of free-agent options that would fit perfectly in the Pelicans’ system.