Possible Free Agents for the New Orleans Pelicans: Two Low-Cost Bigs

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In this installment of our series we’ll take a look at two low-cost free agent big men and how they might fit on the New Orleans Pelicans.

For the first two parts of our New Orleans Pelicans potential free agent series, please check out  Shooter and a Stretch Four and Veteran and a Project.

With news that the NBA is shut down indefinitely and may not return, it is difficult to predict what the league is going to look like when play finally resumes.

The salary cap will likely take a hit, so teams are not even sure how much they will have to spend or when free agency will begin.

That’s why our New Orleans Pelicans free agent previews will follow a general set of rules:

  1. Unrestricted free agents only. There are too many moving parts to know how any of this will play out, but restricted free agency is always tricky.
  2. I’ll try to choose one free agent from the “premium” crop and one from a lower tier.
  3. Money is not an object at this point. The New Orleans Pelicans will likely be capped out if they extend Brandon Ingram and don’t make a trade, but for these purposes, money will be more of an abstract concept.

In the third installment of our series we will take a look at two lower cost big men who could be available to the New Orleans Pelicans as unrestricted free agents.

With only center Jaxson Hayes signed for next year, the Pelicans will definitely have to sign a big man in free agency or acquire one via trade.

They won’t likely have much money to spend, even if they let Derrick Favors walk, so the New Orleans Pelicans will be on the lookout for productive, low-cost big men.

Both of these veteran bigs should be within the Pelicans price range but would fill drastically different roles with the team.

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