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New Orleans Pelicans: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2014 Offseason

New Orleans Pelicans: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2014 Offseason

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The New Orleans Pelicans went into the 2013 NBA offseason with hopes of being playoff contenders, but injuries derailed their hopes, and the Pelicans again wound up on the outside looking in. So will the Pelicans do this offseason? Let's find out.

5. Trade Eric Gordon to Clear Cap Space

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5. Trade Eric Gordon to Clear Cap Space

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This is going to be the summer of cap space clearing for the Pelicans, and the team will be moving the talented, but oft-injured guard to make room this offseason.

4. Trade Ryan Anderson

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4. Trade Ryan Anderson

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Anderson has done an admirable job for the Pelicans, but the team needs salary cap room will be looking to trade the forward this offseason.

3. Get Rid of Tyreke Evans

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3. Get Rid of Tyreke Evans

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Evans never really fitted in with the Pelicans, and with a crowded backcourt of talented players who need the ball to score, look for New Orleans to ship out Evans.

2. Trade Austin Rivers to Clear Cap Space

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2. Trade Austin Rivers to Clear Cap Space

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Rivers turned out to be a wasted draft pick for the Pelicans, and the team will look to ship him to a team that could use his scoring touch off the bench.

1. Sign Anthony Davis to a Contract Extension

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1. Sign Anthony Davis to a Contract Extension

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Davis is the franchise, and the team will sit down with him and his agents to ensure that the face of the franchise remains in the Big Easy for the long term.