Well that was fast.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to become sellers after buying into so many young players over the past two seasons.
According to reports, the cost of running the Pelicans doesn’t add up when the team isn’t winning, and New Orleans would prefer to dump some of the salary they acquired this off-season.
– The Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans this past summer to a four-year, $44 million free-agent deal and then added veteran PG Jrue Holiday via a trade with the Sixers to join Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis. But all the moves haven’t exactly clicked. In fact, they’ve backfired, with New Orleans losing 13 of its last 17 games after starting out 11-10. The front office’s take? Team execs are saying at least those are assets that can be moved. Davis and Holiday are the keepers.
The Pelicans just signed Evans to a four-year, $44 million deal this summer in a controversial decision. The idea was for him to operate as the Manu Ginobili for the Pels in a sixth-man role. But with injuries, it’s now $11 milliion for a guard averaging 13 points on 41 percent shooting going nowhere. They’ve kept him in a reserve role as well after Holiday’s injury, moving Brian Roberts into a starting role.
I can understand the Gordon scenario, they’ve been trying to move Gordon for a couple seasons now. But why sign Tyreke Evans to such a large deal, and then want to bail on it.
The Pelicans have no shot at keeping Anthony Davis if blowing things up is always the plan.