The New Orleans Pelicans must enter this offseason with a best-case scenario of how they can upgrade every position. With a couple more moves and some good fortune, New Orleans can make the jump from lottery team to playoff contender.
The first step to improving the roster will come during the June 27 draft. New Orleans will be picking sixth in what, to me, is an eight-player draft. Regardless of how the first five picks go, the Pelicans have a good shot at landing another building block on draft day.
They could fix their glaring hole at small forward with someone like Georgetown's Otto Porter or Indiana's Victor Oladipo. They could upgrade at point guard with Michigan's Trey Burke or even add some size with Maryland center Alex Len.
From there, New Orleans will need to use its considerable financial resources (only $34 million committed for next season) to address whatever need wasn't filled at the draft. The Pelicans have the cap space to add at least one marquee name.
As the team enters next season with an entirely new look, they will need things to break right for them to make a good first impression. That's why I came up with a dream scenario of how the team could drastically improve every position from the starting five to the second unit.
Now, before reading further, it is important to understand that these are individual scenarios and not a step-by-step game plan for the offseason. Even with the cap space, the Pelicans would be lucky to go two-for-six.
Still, while they may be dream scenarios, there is a real possibility of pulling each one of these off. Here is a glass half full outlook on each position for the 2013-14 New Orleans Pelicans.