With no draft picks added in the last two years, the New Orleans Pelicans must look to free agency as their primary means of rounding out the roster.
Notable players who are in danger of leaving are Al-Farouq Aminu, Anthony Morrow and Greg Stiemsma. Losing the first two of those players would deliver a serious blow to the Pelicans' transition offense and three-point shooting ability. If Steimsma were to walk, it would weaken an already anemic frontcourt, an area where depth is needed the most.
Veteran Josh Howard and former University of Florida standout Patric Young are a couple of players on the team’s 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League roster who could get general manager Dell Demps off to a good start of addressing voids, but it can’t end with just those two.
With the acquisition of Omer Asik, this team is in a tight financial bind. Even without the Turkish center’s $14 million price tag, the franchise is already on the books for $55.5 million in salary obligations for 2014-15, per HoopsHype.com. Not only is Demps going to have to move some of his bigger contracts, he is also going to have to rely on cheaper talent to fill in the remaining vacancies.
Luckily, the free-agent pool is teeming with athletes who can be productive on the court and easy on the books. Let’s look at five players who would be great economical and beneficial additions for the Pelicans.