The New Orleans Pelicans are scrambling to try and do anything they can to solidify their team at the center position for the 2013-2014 NBA season. They attempted to sign Greg Oden earlier in the off-season, but failed. They also recently had the little-used Hamed Haddadi in to work out for the team. As of right now, though, Jeff Withey and Greg Stiemsma remain the only centers on New Orleans’ roster.
Now it seems as if the Pelicans have their sights set on yet another potential signing at center. According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, the Pelicans are one of four teams interested in the services of Earl Barron. The New York Knicks seem to be the front-runner to land Barron, but the Pelicans are in the mix.
Barron has played for seven NBA teams in as many years in the league. Despite being in the league for a while, he hasn’t seen the floor all that often. In only 124 career appearances, he has averaged 4.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.3 steals in 14.9 minutes per game on only 37.5 percent shooting.
Expecting Barron to take over a game offensively would be a grave mistake. He lacks a great deal of skill on the offensive end of the floor, though he is at least a decent finisher when he’s open around the rim. Barron’s real strength is without question his rebounding, something that he’s done well at every stop in his career.
Barron wouldn’t really give the Pelicans a huge boost, but would give them another body to throw into the mix at center. At this point, it seems like the Pelicans will take just about anyone so that they can run a platoon at the five.
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