New Orleans Pelicans Free Agency Open Thread (Win NBA 2K16!)

Published: June 30, 2015


Update: July 1st, 1:04 CST Alexis Ajinca Re-Signs (4 Years, 20.2 million)


The deal seems a little big at first, but remember the new era we are in with the cap going way up. He will count for less than 5% of the cap over the course of the deal. Imagine him signing a 4 year/12.3 million dollar deal 4 years ago if you are having trouble adjusting to the new NBA. The only thing curious about this signing is that Ajinca said he wanted to be a third big this summer. Asik or Anderson on the way out? We shall see. 

With regard to where the Pels stand cap wise, they are operating over it and they will use Early Bird rights to re-sign Ajinca, meaning they will still have the MLE and BAE left. Depending on how much Asik signs for and the exact number of the luxury tax, the Pels will be very close to the tax if they use the full MLE and will almost certainly be over it if they use the MLE, BAE, and re-sign Asik. Stay tuned. 


Update: July 1st, 11:01 CST Anthony Davis signs a 5 Year, $145 million dollar max extension

Much more on this to come, but we gave you all the details on this about 10 months ago and not much has changed. The deal will kick in after the coming year, and Davis will have a player option in his 5th year, meaning AD will be under contract for at least 5 more years. Maybe six. He is here to stay for a while folks.

With the cap projected to be around $89 million next year, his contract will look something like this

Year 1: 24.9 mil
2: 26.77 mil
3: 28.78 mil
4: 30.93 mil
5 (Player Option): 33.25 mil


Free Agency begins at 11:01 Central tonight, and the Pelicans are keeping it relatively quiet as usual. There have been some whispers about Quincy Acy and Al-Farouq Aminu, but the Pelicans haven’t really been linked to any major players or major moves so far. In this open thread, we will keep you up to date on all rumors, whispers, and signings – along with some analysis on those moves. Below you will find some links that will help you get prepared for this summer, including pieces on our cap situation, Asik, Davis contract extension and more.

But first, we want YOU to be a part of the process by predicting how you think this whole free agency period goes down. Make your predictions in the comment section below, and the person with the most points wins NBA 2K16 featuring Anthony Davis for the system of their choice. Only one entry per person (email address and/or IP address. Please be honest and keep it to one!) Once you lock in your answers, it’s done. NO EDITING! Or you are disqualified. With that in mind, here are the things you have to predict:

A) Asik’s contract; Years and Dollars (25 points) 

B) Date Anthony Davis agrees to contract extension on (30 points)

C) Which of these guys, if any, gets re-signed; Dante Cunningham, Alexis Ajinca, Luke Babbitt (15 points for each correct prediction. -10 points for each incorrect prediction) 

D) New Players Signed and/or trade for (40 points for each correct prediction. -10 for every incorrect prediction. Max 4 predictions)

Tiebreaker: Score of Pelicans – Dallas Mavs Summer League Game on July 11th AND who is the Pelicans leading scorer, with how many points?

Again, put your predictions in the comment section below for a chance to win and/or have bragging rights if you are not a video game person. One chance only, so make sure it is exactly how you want it before you publish. Deadline to enter is 10:55 CST TONIGHT.

Pelicans Free Agency Related Links

New Orleans Pelicans Will Likely Operate Over the Salary Cap

The New Orleans Pelicans Salary Cap Situation

How Demps Can Maximize Depth and Flexibility This Summer

Players the Pelicans Can Pursue with the MLE and BAE

The Cap Situation of the Western Conference Playoff Teams

Anthony Davis’s Next Contract With the New Orleans Pelicans

Don’t Panic if Anthony Davis Does Not Sign His Extension on July 1st

A Look Inside the Omer Asik Contract Negotiations

Updates will be posted on this page as they happen. Enjoy Free Agency, and good luck winning 2K16!


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