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The New Orleans Pelicans are entering a new after the Anthony Davis trade. Led by David Griffin, the team’s plan to build a sustainable championship winning culture with Zion Williamson can move forward.
The New Orleans Pelicans are seeking a quick retool by trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. By selecting Zion Williamson with the first pick overall pick will enable the team to move past the Anthony Davis saga a bit more easily.
Filling out the roster around Williamson, Jrue Holiday, and a couple of trade haul is the next step of the process. Ensuring Williamson’s tenure is more successful than the Davis years will be difficult. That process of building a winning roster around Williamson will also determine the fate of the new front office led by David Griffin.
David Griffin got the deal he was looking for. The rough outlines of future plans are starting to take shape. The state of the New Orleans Pelicans roster for next season is set. The next few years are still uncertain. The New Orleans Pelicans could still sell a couple of the Lakers assets elsewhere.
The trade will be finalized in the first week of July. The New Orleans Pelicans 13-man roster will have a total cap hit of approximately $93 million after the trade and accounting for Zion Williamson’s contract. Keeping the fourth pick would push the Pelicans cap number to around $100 million.
That 13 man roster costing $100 million does not include Stanley Johnson or Cheick Diallo, as both are free agents. However, that cap hold number includes Jahlil Okafor‘s team option ($1,702,486) and Julius Randle‘s player option ($9,073,050).
Randle is likely to opt out and has been mentioned to Phoenix Suns rumors. That would bring the Pelicans cap number closer to $90 million. That is plenty of room to find an actual contributor or two for a competitive team.
The best part of that $90-$100 million is spent on Jrue Holiday. He is the team’s top earner, with a salary of $26,996,111. Solomon Hill is the second highest paid Pelican, but only for one season at most.
The New Orleans Pelicans will have another active off-season next summer. Only four players will be signed; five if the team keeps the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. Those five players would account for less than $60 million in cap charges. Open roster spot holds would affect the team, but not much.
The five players are the fourth pick, Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart. Brandon Ingram is a restricted free agent, as would be Frank Jackson. Christian Wood and Jahlil Okafor would be unrestricted free agents worth a second contract. E’twaun Moore and Solomon Hill would be moving on.
The five players are the fourth pick, Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart. Brandon Ingram is a restricted free agent, as would be Frank Jackson. Christian Wood and Jahlil Okafor would be unrestricted free agents worth a second contract. E’twaun Moore and Solomon Hill would be moving on to other teams.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have only Jure Holiday and Zion Williamson on the books for the 2021-22 season. Holiday is also likely to opt out since that year is a player option or can stay. One more big payday as he turns 30 is merited for the heart of the team. The New Orlenas Pelicans will be projected to win 40-42 games if Lonzo Ball is healthy for 82 games.