The New Orleans Pelicans upgraded their point guard position by trading for Jrue Holiday during the 2013 NBA Draft. Even though Holiday ranked last among guards in turnovers per game (3.7) last season, he is still a major scoring threat who also racks up the assists. Next up for the Pelicans is to upgrade the small forward position.
“We want to upgrade the roster,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said, according to NOLA.com. “They’re (ownership) giving us all of the resources we need to upgrade the roster. That’s what we want to do.”
New Orleans has made it very clear they intend to sign a small forward in free agency. One player in particular the organization has their eyes on is New York Knicks’ Chris Copeland. The 29-year-old will become a restricted free agent on Monday, and the Pelicans have every intention of making a decent offer.
“Would he have any interest in playing for the Pelicans?” Copeland’s agent John Spencer told NOLA.com. “I think any basketball player in the right mind would want to play in the NBA. He’s very interested in the situation, but that being said, he’s got to listen to everybody.”
The first-year player averaged 8.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 15.4 minutes per game last season. He also managed to convert 47.9 percent of his 6.8 field goal attempts per game and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc in 56 contests (13 starts).
New Orleans believes there is tremendous upside to Copeland, and they believe he could be a huge asset for the team going forward. The organization will have to fight off other teams, including the Knicks, in order to land him. However, Spencer made it clear the highest bidder will most likely sign his client.