The Pelicans will miss floor spacer Darius Miller on the court this season but the team will now have additional space to find a player to fill his shoes.
Despite a hefty bunch of offseason changes to the New Orleans Pelicans roster, it looks like the injury to Darius Miller leaves them with still another move on the table. The team was waiting to find out if they had the cash after Miller was ruled out for the season on Aug. 30.
Yesterday evening, Shams Charania of The Athletic announced via Twitter that the New Orleans Pelicans will have an additional $3.625 million in cap space this season, due to the injury to Miller.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 18, 2019
Without Miller on the roster, the Pelicans lack an additional guy off the bench who can create space an make shots. Miller shot 36.5% from three-point range last season and averaged 8.2 points per game.
Miller was preparing for the upcoming NBA regular season slate when he suffered a season-ending Achilles tear. Even before the team already knew it needed to find more three-point shooting, not to mention floor spacing.
The team may be able to get creative with the additional cap room, allowing themselves the ability to chase a talented veteran on a minimum contract; they could even decide to go the route of a shooting specialist. The team currently sits at 13 fully-guaranteed spots for the 2019-2020 NBA season, so they do have the space to add another guaranteed contract to their books.
Regardless, the Pelicans now have the opportunity to deepen what they already have on the bench. Right now, there’s not a ton of experience from that unit of the Pels’ roster, so it wouldn’t be surprising if that’s part of the thought process of how David Griffin decides to fill this spot.