The Pelicans announced today that they are waiving Darius Miller and Patric Young. New Orleans drafted Miller, a Kentucky product, in the second round of the 2012 draft, the same draft that featured Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Patric Young came to the team as an undrafted free agent.
Miller looked like a potential answer at the small forward position heading into the season, but he has only played 43 minutes and shot 1-7 from the floor. We've all been rooting for Miller to make a real step forward the past few years - hopefully another team takes a chance on him and he blossoms. From the beginning of the season, Patric Young looked like the odd man out in a deep Pelican backcourt - with Anderson, Davis, Asik, Withey, and Ajinca ahead of him, it was clear that it would be tough for him to get minutes.
This leaves the Pelicans roster with 13 out of 15 roster spots filled - perhaps Dell Demps has another move or two in the offing. Young's contract was not fully guaranteed, so releasing him before the January 10th deadline clears a modest amount of cap space for the rest of the season.