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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 26: Tony Allen to the rescue and offseason grades for the Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans signed Tony Allen this past Monday so expect him to soak up plenty of the minutes now available on the wing following the hamstring injury to Solomon Hill. Allen may be entering his age-36 season and he’ll never scare anyone outside of the paint, but he should help a team that looks to maintain their defensive identity they established last season.

Despite securing Allen, presume the Pelicans to seek to add another player to the roster. Yes, Martell Webster and Perry Jones III are slated to be in training camp, but expectations for both should be extremely low as neither has contributed meaningful minutes in the league for years.

Hope remains alive that Dell Demps gets a deal done with Dante Cunningham, but don’t be completely surprised if the Pelicans go in an entirely different direction. As Kevin brings up, maybe, just maybe, he isn’t their first choice, and it’s conceivable that New Orleans is eyeing someone with one of their traded player exceptions.

Regardless of who that mystery man winds up being, Preston, Kevin and I reveal our offseason grades for the team, and you’ll be happy to know there’s a lot of disagreement! One of us is extremely satisfied by all of the offseason moves while another sits on the opposite side of the spectrum. Are the Pelicans following any sort of plan or are they just throwing stuff on the wall and hoping it sticks?