According to a tweet from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the New Orleans Pelicans on the verge of acquiring small forward Alonzo Gee.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2014
Gee played in 65 games last year for the Cavs and averaged 15.7 minutes, 4.0 points, and 2.3 rebounds per game for them. Really though the main reasoning for the trade would be the non-guaranteed $3 million contract that Gee possesses. The move would certainly be to get Gee as a way of making the Omer Asik trade work under the cap.
It remains to be seen exactly what the Pelicans will give up to get Gee who the Cavs need to get rid of to clear enough room for the max contract LeBron James is going to sign. The best guess would be a heavily protected second round pick heads to the Cavs in exchange for Gee as the Cavs will not want to add any extra salary and the Pelicans don’t have much else to give. If the team can also get either Matthew Dellavedova or Scotty Hopson, who both possess non-guaranteed deals, it may be just what the team was looking for to avoid having to get rid of Austin Rivers or another piece of the core to make Asik work.
Make sure to stay tuned to Pelican Debrief for more news and an update on this story as things develop.