The Pelicans are showing interest in, recently waived, John Salmons.
Hearing John Salmons will wind up signing a new deal with New Orleans after his recent release by Atlanta
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2014
Salmons is an eternal journeyman. He’s been on five different NBA teams and traded numerous times. After starting off last season with the Sacramento Kings, he was packaged in a trade to the Toronto Raptors. He finished the season in Toronto, before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks in the off-season. Of course, Salmons didn’t last long, he was immediately waived by the Hawks.
Salmons has always been just good enough to be part of a rotation, but never good enough to have a large impact. Last season was no different, averaging only 5.2 points per game on 36% shooting from the field.
If there is one thing Salmons brings to the Pelicans, it’s an okay three point shooting stroke. Last season he averaged 38% from three point range, a very good number. However, it was only on an average of two attempts per game.
The reasoning for signing Salmons has to be to fill the Pelicans vacant small forward position in their rotation. The problem? He’s not making the team better. The reason Salmons is a journeyman is because of how easy it is to justify moving him. He doesn’t impact a team positively in any way. In a best case scenario he helps tread water.
The only thing Salmons helps with is three point shooting. Something that Omri Casspi could have done, but he is being waived. Does it really make sense to waive a cheap contract for one that’s going to play the same role, at a downgrade?