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Much like the Pistons’ failed Smith-Monroe experiment, the New Orleans Pelicans’ acquisition of Tyreke Evans has produced poor results.
It made little sense to trade for a ball-dominant player with two players of the same nature already on the roster in Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon. It was a great move in hindsight, but realistically hasn’t worked out.
To be fair, the Pelicans' season isn’t going to see the team in the playoffs, so waiting to see if this works out is a good decision. Holiday is out with injury (leg), so there’s plenty of time between now and the offseason, or even next season’s deadline, to make a call on moving Evans.
But looking exclusively at this season, trading Evans for a player that better fits would have been a confident decision. Acquiring a wing that fits and working them into the rotation, both to close the season and in the offseason, would have resulted in a confident approach to next year.
Evans and the Pelicans may very well work eventually, but it’s still an outcome that remains to be seen. His lack of an outside shot (15.4 percent from three-point range this season) limits his place on the court without the ball, as Holiday and Gordon would be relegated as spot-up shooters with Evans handling the rock.
Every team would want the ball in Holiday's hands over Evans', which makes this pairing mismatched. As such, the sooner the Pelicans look to move Evans, the better. Only, it's too late for this season.