The organization has been mediocre for the past few seasons and felt it was time to start making a strong move up the Western Conference pecking order. They now have a core of Holiday, Evans, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, Ryan Anderson, and last year’s first-overall pick, Anthony Davis.
That is a nice core for the present and future, and should put the Pelicans in a position to snag a seventh or eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. That is probably their ceiling, which can be good and bad. The good is that they may finally make the playoffs after a long absence, but the bad is that in today’s NBA, you have to be really bad first for the most part in other to get good.
Mingling in mediocrity for the next few seasons will not make the Pelicans any better. They will have a ceiling on how good they can be.
One player that has expressed frustration with the organization in the past is Gordon. Would the Pelicans trade him if the right offer was presented to them? Absolutely. They would probably look for a younger package of players or draft picks. Gordon is a really good player, but he is often injured and never seems to play a full season. Trading him would make the most sense for the organization moving forward, especially with acquisitions of Evans and Holiday.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18