If we were ranking the least comfortable near futures, the Pelicans would have a stranglehold on the top place.
Having an unhappy Anthony Davis about as a part-time player is cringeworthy sufficient, but really investing him is the tricky part. It is hard enough for anybody to put an appropriate asking price on an in-prime, top-five talent. However, if the task falls upon either an interim general manager (Danny Ferry) or a new-to-the-job replacement, then the problem could rise exponentially.
All that said, the Pelicans could still be taking a look at a king’s ransom whenever they pull on the trigger. Perhaps that leads them to a prospect like Jayson Tatum, a heap of future draft picks or a blend of both. The future could brighten pretty fast.
Obviously, those newcomers will likely be joining a group that’s virtually starting from scratch. Other than Davis, just Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill and E’Twaun Moore have guaranteed contracts past this year. Holiday is a two-way force, but he could find himself on an island once Davis departs.
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