If we were ranking the least comfy near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold at the top place.
Having a miserable Anthony Davis around as a part-time player is cringeworthy sufficient, but really investing him is the tricky part. It’s hard enough for anybody to put an appropriate asking price within an in-prime, top-five talent. However, if the task falls on either an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or a new-to-the-job replacement, the problem could grow exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could be taking a look at a king’s ransom whenever they pull on the trigger. Maybe that leads them to some prospect such as Jayson Tatum, a heap of prospective draft picks or a blend of both. The future could brighten.
Of course, those newcomers will likely be joining a team that is almost starting from scratch. Apart from Davis, only Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have guaranteed contracts beyond this year. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself in an island once Davis departs.
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