The New Orleans Pelicans, complete with their new look and nickname, are also going to be a putting out a completely different product on the floor in the 2013-2014 NBA season. They not only have burgeoning star Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson to build around, but have added Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans this off-season. They’ve quickly have become one of the most intriguing teams in the league.
Now the Pelicans are looking to become even more of an attraction in the upcoming season. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears, the Pelicans and the Miami Heat appear to be the two teams that free-agent and former number one overall pick Greg Oden has narrowed his decision down to.
Obviously Oden’s final two potential destinations have storied histories. Where the Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions loaded with the best player in the NBA and two stars, the Pelicans are a franchise that is rebranding in the wake of their former star, Chris Paul, leaving a few years ago.
One of the things the two remaining teams share, though, is their need for a quality center. On either team, Oden would come in and likely be the featured center on their roster. However, for Oden’s particular situation, New Orleans may be the best option for him.
If Oden were to sign with the Heat, the expectations wouldn’t be that high because they are going to compete for a title whether Oden is there or not. However, in Miami there would constantly be eyes fixated on the team and, subsequently, Oden.
If he were to sign with the Pelicans, though, he would be in the ideal situation for his comeback. He would be able to play with a young, talented team where he could succeed, but could also somewhat avoid the spotlight that he obviously and blatantly wants to stay out of. Oden will reportedly make his decision in the next couple of days and, if he’s smart, New Orleans will be his choice.