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5 Ways To Fix The New Orleans Pelicans In 2014 NBA Offseason

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5 Ways To Fix The New Orleans Pelicans In 2014 NBA Offseason

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Once again, the New Orleans Pelicans had another disappointing season. Injuries played a huge role in their trouble at finding success, but a number of things still need to improve before they can make a promising run through the playoffs. With a team full of young talent, the potential is there, but let's take a look at five ways to fix the Pelicans this offseason.

5. Make Tyreke Evans An Everyday Starter

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5. Make Tyreke Evans An Everyday Starter

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

Tyreke Evans started off slow, but as the season progressed, his playing time increased. By the end of the season, Evans was starting (injuries helped) and playing better than anybody on the team, besides Anthony Davis. Evans is much better off in the starting five than coming off of the bench as a sixth man. His talent is undeniable, and the more minutes he gets, the more productive a struggling offense can be.

4. Find A Solid Starting Center

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4. Find A Solid Starting Center

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

Nothing against Jason Smith, he is one of the hardest working players in the game. However, his health is a concern, which makes him unreliable as a starter. Regardless, I feel he is better coming off of the bench Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey proved to be decent backups as well, but they don't give Anthony Davis enough help down low. It will be tough for the Pels to cough up a big chunk of money in free agency, but trades are a possibility.

3. Put Eric Gordon Out Of His Misery

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3. Put Eric Gordon Out Of His Misery

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Tom Szczerbowski- USA Today Sports

No, not like that, but let's face it, Gordon doesn't want New Orleans and New Orleans doesn't want him. His career in the Big Easy has been more than frustrating to fans. The team should have let him go to Phoenix instead of matching deals. His contract is huge, but I have a feeling somebody will be willing to take it. The Pels look to make shopping Gordon a top priority this offseason. Could trading him help solve the problem at center?

2. Add Depth To The Bench

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2. Add Depth To The Bench

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Anthony Morrow was arguably the best player coming off of the bench this year, but he decided to opt out of his contract a few days ago. With Ryan Anderson hurt, Morrow was the team's most consistent three point shooter. The Pels will need to find a cheap replacement and some added depth on top of that. With the little amount of money they have after a big offseason in 2013, signing two or three cheap talents can still happen, and it needs to.

1. Sing 'Bye, Bye, Bye' To Monty Williams

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1. Sing 'Bye, Bye, Bye' To Monty Williams

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Derick E. Hingle- USA Today Sports

Monty Williams' tenure in New Orleans has been pretty unappealing to Pels fans. Okay, maybe he hasn't been able to coach a team at full health yet, but he's still been given plenty of chances to improve. When you're up by 20 at the half, but still somehow manage to lose the game be 10+ points, something is not clicking. That's life in NOLA. He's done a poor job adjusting in the second half and developing his players. It's time to go, Williams.