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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 14: A focus on the New Orleans Pelicans shooting forwards

Plus gauging whether a move off the ball helps to spark Jrue Holiday.

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Free agency and trade news have slowed to a crawl concerning the New Orleans Pelicans, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about.

The team is two roster spots shy of the 15-man maximum, and it’s unclear whether Jalen Jones has agreed to a training camp deal or the team’s first ever two-way contract. One thing is for certain, Jones may be more of a legitimate prospect than you think because of his combination of a high motor, solid versatility and overall skill set.

One question that has been weighing on everyone’s mind for close to a month: Will Dante Cunningham be back? When factoring the rawness of Cheick Diallo and the ill-fitting pieces of Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik in Alvin Gentry’s system, one still has to like the odds of Cunningham re-upping despite the salary cap constraints.

Other forwards of note: Darius Miller, Quincy Pondexter and Solomon Hill. What can we realistically expect to see from each player? Is it fair to have high expectations or should their previous NBA trends heavily influence opinions?

Jrue Holiday struggled to make the necessary adjustments in a decision-making role featuring a lineup built around DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, but Rajon Rondo will now shoulder a lot of those responsibilities. Will Holiday be able to thrive off the ball by allowing natural instincts to trump his tendencies to overthink things or do his problems run deeper?

We’ve got all that and more, so please enjoy the latest edition of our podcast!