Pelicans Still In Need Of A Wing Player?

A bigger issue with the Pelicans this upcoming season may be the absence of a reliable player on the wing rather than the loss of Rajon Rondo or DeMarcus Cousins, as newcomers Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton are capable of replicating their production, at least in part, writes Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

Kushner opines that nobody on the Pelicans’ roster is capable of being a solid “3-and-D” player, as Solomon Hill has struggled to recover from a torn hamstring and E’Twaun Moore, limited by his 6’4” frame, has been asked to play against players much taller than him and seemingly taken out of his comfort zone as a result.

“If it was up to me — it doesn’t really matter as long as I stay on the floor and help my team win — but I would like to say that maybe I hopefully could be playing a little bit more guard (this season),” Moore said. “Last year, I was more of a wing, but it worked out well for the team because we played so fast. But it would be kind of cool to be going back to being a guard again.”

So, the Pelicans will now hold a three-man competition between Troy Williams, Garlon Green, and Kenrich Williams in order to find someone who may be able to crack the team’s wing rotation this season.

The Pelicans could also be active around midseason, as they were when they acquired Cousins in 2017 and Nikola Mirotic last season. But for now, they’ll rely on MVP-candidate Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Randle and Mirotic, which should be enough to keep them in the Western Conference playoff race.
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15 thoughts on “Pelicans Still In Need Of A Wing Player?

  1. Neither of those 3 are a real help if they wanna compete for the playoffs really. Batum is also a guard more than a wing & Gay is no use… they just need someone better, maybe they can trade Mirotic for a 3, but I can see them like last year after DMC’s injury is gonna be all about AD.

  2. chicity312

    Make A Run At Rodney Good I know he Restricted but I’d gauge his interest

  3. greg1

    Courtney Lee would be perfect. A combo of expiring deals (Ajinca, E Okafor, Liggins) and a lottery protected first would likely get it done.

    • x%sure

      Yes, this does not seem that challenging. Solomon Hill has had two negative seasons in a row, and missed their run last year… hard to be confident in him. Other teams have extra 3s.

  4. natsfan11

    The Pels just need to find a team with a plethora of wings. Maybe OKC, Brooklyn, or a LA team?

  5. They’ll probably let training camp/preseason decide who starts. But i’d throw Darius Miller right into the fire n see what he can do playing more alongside Davis n Holiday. Solomon Hill ain’t gonna cut it.

  6. Steven St Croix

    I think Anthony Davis will probably win MVP this year, but Jrue Holiday will take a step back. I think he had his career year last season.

    • Toyin

      The whole team benefited with Rondo on the team. Sad to say but I agree with you that Jrue will feel it the most.

  7. SilvioDante

    Chicago’s Justin Holiday is more than available and would come cheap in both salary ($4.5) and asset forfeiture.

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