After the Pelicans resigned Jrue Holiday (5 year/$126M,) reports have come out Saturday morning that the Pelicans are looking to sign Nick Young, Ty Lawson, Michael Carter-Williams and/or Rajon Rondo.
Pelicans aggressively working to add guard talent, will also connect with veteran PG Ty Lawson (Kings) today as well as Nick Young.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2017
Nick Young recently declined a $5.66 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers after averaging 13.2 PPG on 43 FG% and 40.4 3PT% in just under 26 minutes per game. Young, 32, has long been known around the league for his personality and antics, but would provide the Pelicans with some solid scoring off the bench and would add much needed shooting to the team.
3) Nick Young had a catch-and-shoot 3-pt percentage of 44.2%. Among players who attempt 4+ 3PA, that ranked 5th in the NBA.— Oleh Kosel (@Redhopeful) July 1, 2017
For the right price Young could be another E’Twaun Moore-esque signing but with a more highly regarded shot. Plus, who wouldn’t love to see Steezus and Swaggy P together?
Ty Lawson is fresh off a one year stint with the Sacramento Kings, during which he played 25 minutes per game and averaged 9.9 PPG, 4.8 APG and 1.1 SPG. If things were to work out smoothly, Lawson, 29, could eventually start at the point guard position, allowing Jrue to slide to the two. Though I would personally prefer Rondo to Lawson, I wouldn’t be too upset with this signing as the Pelicans are in desperate need of play-making and ball handling, and the ball movement with Lawson, Holiday and DeMarcus Cousins on the court could be fun to see.
Former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams is easily the youngest of the rumored bunch at 25 years of age. MCW only appeared in 45 games last season, averaging 6.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG and 2.5 APG in almost 19 minutes per game on an abysmal 36.6 FG% and 23.4 3PT%. There may be some hope that he could bounce back to his Philly years where he averaged 16.0 PPG, 6.7 APG, 6.2 RPG and 1.7 SPG in 34 minutes per game over two seasons? He was never a good shooter, but much like Rondo, he was able to make a living in the paint and dishing to his teammates often. It can’t hurt for the Pelicans to kick the tires on MCW and sign him to a potential bargain deal.
Speaking of Rajon Rondo... The Chicago Tribune reported about a week ago that if he were to be waived that the Pelicans could potentially be interested in signing him. Well, here we are about a week later, Rondo was waived, free agency has begun and the Pelicans are in the market for a point guard.
Rondo, 31, proved to be a crucial part of the Bulls’ playoff hopes as they went up 2-0 behind him, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, and 0-4 after he went down with a broken thumb. During the regular season, Rondo played just under 27 minutes per game and averaged 7.8 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.1 RPG and 1.4 SPG, but he was not a consistent member of the rotation.
Personally, Rondo was my go-to point guard for the Pelicans before the start of free agency — if Jrue decided to leave — but I am relieved to hear that the Pelicans could still possibly look to sign him.
On top of being a proven leader and champion, Rondo is also a favorite of DeMarcus Cousins who went as far to say “I will kidnap him myself” in order for the Kings to re-sign him and referred to him as a “big brother” after the Bulls signed him. Here the Pelicans have a chance to reunite the two and they really should! In the lone season Rondo spent with Cousins in Sacramento, he averaged 11.9 PPG, 11.7 APG, 6.0 RPG and 2.0 SPG in 35 minutes per game — that was only two years ago and that team didn’t have Anthony Davis. If a Lawson-Holiday-Cousins has the potential for good ball movement, imagine the amount of assists that could be dished out between Rondo, Holiday and Cousins, not to mention he is a much better defender than Lawson or MCW.
If I were Dell Demps, I would set my aim for Rondo and Young and then hope to sign some more shooters like Jodie Meeks, CJ Miles, etc. But what do y’all think? Who should the Pelicans look to sign this summer?