With just ten healthy players, the New Orleans Pelicans roster is far from complete, but although the team is saddled with real salary cap concerns, they still have some means available to alleviate several issues.
Having yet to sign a player in the wake of the Quincy Pondexter trade, we should presume the Pelicans are also exploring alternatives to the free agent pool. Listen to Michael McNamara of Bourbon Street Shots, Preston Ellis and I weigh in on this matter, largely involving the use of a Traded Player Exception on preferred targets including Rodney Hood and Robert Covington.
Switching gears, we talk about the lack of optimism by the national media. Michael mentions a very appropriate scenario: Had New Orleans traded for DeMarcus Cousins during this offseason — just as the Rockets did for Chris Paul and the Thunder, Paul George, would the hype be much greater? Would the Pelicans be mentioned as strong candidates to make the 2018 postseason? And would there be significantly less conversations about Anthony Davis impending departure?
Yeah, we think so.
Some additional topics discussed on the podcast: Rajon Rondo’s fit alongside Jrue Holiday, the former point guard’s new role and how he may benefit from it and more stability in his personal life, and how Ian Clark and Jordan Crawford will be given opportunities to carve out meaningful roles.
Oh, and of course we touch on the medical staff once more. Should Misty Suri and the rest of the current regime be blamed for Frank Jackson’s broken foot and Solomon Hill’s hamstring injury?