The Pelicans signed 29-year old Evan Fournier to a 3-year deal with $41.95M.
PG Lonzo Ball – Ball would be a restricted free agent this offseason. Would New Orleans offer hime a qualified offer expected to be in range of $6.00M? Ball is looking for a big bucks contract but may not get offered one. How much would the Pelicans be willing to match any offer sheet if another team was interested?
SF Josh Hart – Hart says he wants to test free agency and not return to New Orleans. If he does leave, the Pelicans would be without a veteran 6th-man. The Pelicans Cap Space (after relinquishing rights to a few players) will be in the range of $15.0M. Orlando Magic’s SG Evan Fournier (expects $17.0M) would be a nice replacement.
PG Lonzo Ball, SG Eric Bledsoe, SF Brandon Ingram, PF Zion Williamson, C Steven Adams
SG/SF Evan Fournier (6th man), SF Josh Hart, PG Kira Lewis, Jr, C Jayson Hayes, PF Nikola Melli, SF Kent Bazemore
The Pelicans 1st-round draft pick, SG J.T. Haywood, will begin the season with the G-League affiliate. The organization hopes to see their prospect grow his skills and progress towards his ceiling (Jimmy Butler, All-NBA) and not his floor (Kerry Kittles, Starter).
Overall: 76 / Ceiling: Jimmy Butler (All-NBA) / Floor: Kerry Kittles (Starter)
Strengths: Knows how to distribute the ball to teammates regularly. Has good anticipation when trying to force turnovers. Can create his own shot at the next level.
Weaknesses: A bit of a black hole when he has the ball. Needs to pass more.
1st Round/18th Pick – SG J.T. Haywood, Louisville (OVR 76)
2nd Round Pick – PF Omer Mansiz, Turkey (OVR 72)
3rd Round Pick – PF Lonny Elliott, Boise State (OVR 69)
4th Round Pick – SF Donald Best, Ohio State (Scouted B+ OVR)
New Orleans wasn’t sad to see Khawi Leonard pack his bags for New York in the Eastern Conference. After all, with an injured hip, Leornard knocked the Pelicans out of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season.
Memphis was all they were cracked up to be, and the Los Angeles Lakers lost Montrelz Harrell to free agency after trading away Kyle Kuzma in the regular season. Dallas improve with the addition of DeMar DeRozan and the Warriors remain intact and include last season’s Rookie of the Year C James Weisman.
PROJECTED FINISH: 3rd place in the West
1 Pistons – SF Danny Snow, Maryland
2 Thunder – SF Theodore Riley, USC
3 Knicks – SF Eugene Justice, Louisville
4 Warriors – PG Rob Floyd, Air Force (Later traded Floyd to Jazz)
5 Bulls – PG Dwight McKinney, Fresno State
6 Spurs – C Evan Perry, North Carolina State
7 Hornets – SF Aaron Carlisle, Clemson
8 Kings – SG Damian Randle, Notre Dame
9 Wizards – C Jeremy Fletcher, Virginia Tech
10 Warriors – SG Ken Flowers, Rutgers
12 – Warriors – Traded 4th selection Rob Floyd and ’22 1st round pick to Utah for C Derrick Favors and the ’21 12th pick. With the 12th pick, they chose Tayfur Mansiz, a 6-9, Turkish small forward.
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