“Stunning” would be the only word for me to use to describe the remarkable plan for a turn-around being put into action by the New Orleans Pelicans’ organization in these recent last few weeks. Anyone who doubted the Pelicans’ commitment to improving their roster through the NBA free-agency and the draft in the last 2 weeks, has to be just a bit out of touch with reality. Adding two All-Stars under the age of 25 is impressive no matter how you slice it, and the Pelicans have almost in the literal sense become a “contender overnight”. The additions of point guard Jrue Holiday and shooting guard Tyreke Evans should not only provide a huge boost to this franchise’s chances at success, but provide the initial building blocks on which this team can be built around.
XHarahan WhoDat, AKA Barry, Staff Saints/Pelicans Writer
I still think the Pelicans are one more player (a small forward) away from completing their transformation from “bottom-feeders” to contenders, but I don’t believe that Pelicans GM Dell Demps is done with “wheeling and dealing” just yet. Owner Tom Benson has green-lighted any amount of money needed to turn the Pelicans into a championship-caliber team; and Demps’ first 2 moves in both last week’s draft and trade for Holiday, and now the trade yesterday for Evans would seem to suggest that the Pelicans management is serious about achieving that goal.Personally, I’d like the Pelicans attempt to sign one of the top two free-agent small forwards still available, which are either Andre Igoudola (unrestricted) of Denver or Danny Granger (restricted) of Indiana.
Signing Igoudola in particular and adding him to this revised roster would almost guarantee a top playoff seed next year or the year after; and even if they don’t sign anyone else at all, they’ve still managed to have upgraded the roster TREMENDOUSLY. Pelicans GM Dell Demps has proven that he is always on the lookout for acquiring talent, and the Pelicans are on the path to winning — with an owner who isn’t “cash-strapped”, an intelligent general manager with a vision and a plan for winning, and a dedicated and hard-working head coach.
Either if you’re a new fan of this team, or have followed them since they first came and moved here as the original Charlotte Hornets franchise back in 2002, then you just can’t help but be excited with where this is going to wind up. Kudos to Tom Benson for not only buying and saving the franchise for the city of New Orleans and the surrounding region, but for his commitment to turning them into a winner and championship contender. I hope that Benson is able to stick around long enough, to see his commitment to the Pelicans pay off just like the Saints’ World Championship, just a few years ago. With his unwavering support and devotion to this city, he certainly deserves to see it come to fruition………………
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