According to RealGM’s Shams Charania the New Orleans Pelicans have shown some preliminary interest in Houston Rockets restricted free agent Troy Daniels.
RFA Troy Daniels has suitors, including Mavs, Spurs, Grizzlies, Pelicans, league sources tell RealGM. Rockets want to re-sign playoff hero.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2014
Daniels, who went undrafted out of VCU in 2013, spent most of last season in the D-League playing for the Houston affiliate Rio Grande Vipers before being called up to the big club for the final five games of the regular season and the team’s playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. The highlight of Daniels season came in the playoffs when he hit what would turn out to be the game winning three in Game 3. Daniels finished that game with nine points on three, three pointers on the night but the shot with 11.9 seconds remaining was the clear highlight.
Daniels is essentially just a shooting specialist at this point but he is a very promising floor stretcher. In the five regular season games Daniels played for the Rockets last year he averaged 15 minutes per game and knocked down 48 percent of his threes on five attempts a game. Daniels problems come on the defensive side of the floor as he is an undersized 6’4” shooting guard who isn’t super athletic which causes problems. In all likelihood, there is a very good chance that the Rockets match any offer to Daniels as he is the perfect complimentary fit next to the Rockets stars due to his elite shooting ability while also not costing all that much.
For the Pelicans, Daniels could be a replacement for Anthony Morrow as the market for Morrow may in be more costly than originally thought. Jodie Meeks, a shooting specialist along the same lines as Morrow, earned a three-year 19 .5 million dollar deal today which could up the market for Morrow. Daniels would potentially provide a cheaper replacement though he doesn’t have the size Morrow does.
Don’t expect anything with Daniels to be finalized for a while as he is the type of low risk, medium reward type of player that teams try to round out rosters with, not one that gets signed early in the free agency period but at the very least he is a player to keep an eye on now.