In the NO Podcast Episode 149: New Orleans Pelicans Rampant
The Pelicans continue their undefeated roll behind Anthony Davis. Pellissier joins the team to talk about the beatdown in Biloxi, and then Michael and I talk about whether we may have sold Davis short, whether Holiday will take fewer shots, what Austin Rivers may be this year, and spend a lot of time on players like Aminu, Stiemsma, Withey, and Roberts.
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Speaking of being undefeated, why are we 2nd in the Western Conference (behind OKC) in NBA.com's standings? OKC is 1/2 a game behind, so what am I missing?
Brian Roberts = Microwave
Why trade him? He's on a very cheap contract and serves as our poor man's Nate Robinson. If Austin is struggling in a game, throw Roberts out there and see if the Microwave is working or on the fritz.
I don't think it was directly mentioned, but it is obvious the team will have limited success until a serviceable center is acquired. The guard position is deep and can hide the depth issues at the 3 while Ryno and Davis can hold down the majority of the minutes in the front court. Davis will be able to play the 5 for stretches, but I don't think he will be best served playing a full season as a center. The need for def rebounding was also mentioned. Ironically, a Robin Lopez type center would go a long way for the Pelicans this year and in the future.
Marcin Gortat intrigues me. He isn't more than an average, solid starting center, but he fills in "all" the gaps for this Pelicans team. He can be a respected 4th option on offense (and at times the 3rd option if needed) behind davis, jrue, and Gordon or tyreke, rivers, and ryno. He provides solid spacing. He can rebound very well. He is very serviceable on the def side, getting blocks with limited fouls and playing ok on ball defense. He has the size and strength to stay healthy at the 5 while keeping our other bigs healthy.
The question then becomes, how do we acquire him from the suns?? I don't have a complete answer for that (maybe some help from the bourbon writers) but he is definitely on the trade block as the suns try to tank this year while looking for young talent and picks. I would give up aminu and smitty for him, but I just don't think that would be enough to make the suns do the deal. It just doesn't have enough young talent or potential to make it worth it for them... Throw in picks which we are short on? Roberts as sweetener? Any suggestions?
(Ps. My wife is also out of town and I'm a loser that spends his free time playing GM.)
@mazonmafia I've also been intrigued by Gortat. Phoenix is either trading him this season or letting him walk in free agency, where he'll be overpaid.
@mazonmafia It is nearly an impossible task, given how our contracts are structured. Would have to be something like Smith and Rivers for him, which I would never do. Just wait until free agency. Don't have to get all the pieces to the puzzle this year, and if AD adds another 15 pounds next summer like he did this year, then we have our center and Dell can concentrate on upgrading SF instead.
@mazonmafia I think its important to remember that we arent championship contenders this year so it wouldnt be very smart to give up assets like smith and aminu for a 29 year old center who is a free agent next year. Lets see what we have this year and then attack it in free agency.
@Hank_ You're probably right. But patience isn't my best quality. Still, I think aminu and smith are the best tradable assets we have right now...