Failure has consequences. The New Orleans Pelicans could have been a team on the rise this off-season. A competitive season, respectable showing in the playoffs, and the allure of Anthony Davis and Alvin Gentry was nice to think about this time last year. 52 losses with a boatload of injuries have knocked the Pelicans out of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes before they have even begun.
Kevin Durant will meet with six teams on July 1st according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski; the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics. Additionally Wojnarowski listed the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Washington Wizards as teams who have not scheduled a meeting but could in the coming days. That's right, 11 teams including the woeful Lakers are ahead of the Pelicans in the pecking order for the premier free agent this summer.
There was no reason, after this season, to believe the Pelicans would actually sign Kevin Durant. However, all the moves that were in part to at least get a meeting have also failed. Signing Kendrick Perkins and bringing in assistant coach Robert Pack were not enough.
Time to move down on the available free agents. Let's chat about Chandler Parsons and how he fits on the Pelicans roster.