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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 22: Darius Miller, Quincy Pondexter, or who else fills in for Solomon Hill?

Our hearts and minds are certainly with all Hurricane Harvey victims, but we take a break to talk Pelicans.

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Have you learned to never be surprised by the annual news of a New Orleans Pelicans player destined to miss the start of a new regular season yet?

Well, hurry up and catch on!

Solomon Hill is the latest player to join the ranks of those missing in action on opening day, and there’s a decent chance he could miss the entire 2017-18 season because of a torn hamstring. Alvin Gentry has already sounded the alarm so you can be sure Dell Demps and the rest of the front office is currently turning over every rock around the league in search of a suitable stand-in or two.

Listen to Preston, Travis and Trevor break down how the latest injury situation could all unfold. They give their takes on how much trust they place on in-house replacements such as Darius Miller, Quincy Pondexter and the use of three-guard lineups. Plus, the trio lists their favorite free agents including Tony Allen, Dante Cunningham and Gerald Green.

One item of some concern is the idea that Jordan Crawford could be waived to make room on the salary cap sheet. Although $250 thousand of his $1,709,583 has guaranteed, the Pelicans have until November 10th to decide on his future before an additional half million gets tacked onto the guarantee total. After watching Crawford shine on the squad last March and April and reading about his dedication to the team this offseason, we hope this detail doesn’t derail his career in New Orleans.