30The New Orleans Pelicans have flown under the radar so far this offseason, choosing Dyson Daniels, DJ Liddell and Karlo Matkovic in the NBA Draft but not making any big trades.
But they have 14 players under contract for next season, so there will likely still be some moves to clear a roster space or two, as a quick look at the depth chart shows that there may be an odd man or two out of the rotation.
It’s a good problem to have, as New Orleans has the front-end talent and depth to compete in the Western Conference without adding another big name to the roster.
The Pels also don’t have a big positional need, as they are very strong at forward, have a glut of guards and their big-man rotation is more or less set.
But the Pelicans do still have one item to check off their offseason wishlist, and that’s additional 3-point shooting.
The New Orleans Pelicans need 3-point shooting
The Pelicans were just 27th in 3-point percentage last season and were dead last in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game.
Although they will likely get a boost from a full season of CJ McCollum and improvement from guys like Trey Murphy III and Herbert Jones, the Pelicans need to do something to address the lack of 3-point shooting around their stars.
But the Pelicans don’t have money to spend in free agency, and trading a guy like Devonte’ Graham would take away (theoretically at least) one of the few 3-point specialists they have, so how is New Orleans going to get the shooting that they need?
One answer would be to package Jaxson Hayes and some of the their future picks for such a player, or to move Graham to a team that has open cap space in order to clear some money to go after a guy like Malik Monk in free agency.
The New Orleans Pelicans are not desperate by any means, but improving their 3-point shooting has to be a priority this offseason. It’s nice to only have one big need though, as last season the Pelicans were looking for a head coach and three new starters.