Nov. 26, 2016
Pelicans: Dell Demps Needs to Go
The New Orleans Pelicans have one of arguably the top 5 and definitely a top 10 player on the roster. Yet the Pelicans sit at the bottom of the league standings at 0-6 with for the most part the same story in every game. Anthony Davis has been a monster, the team plays hard, then they lose because there just simply not enough shot making from any one not AD. That falls solely on the general manager.
Let's take a look back at some of the terrible decisions made by Dell Demps. He traded Chris Paul for Eric Gordon, Al Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a 1st round pick. None of those people are still on the team. He maxed out Eric Gordon after two injury plagued season and would never even approach the all-star level he was in Los Angeles. The 1st round pick awarded in that deal wound up being Austin Rivers (enough said). He then traded a 1st round pick for OMER ASIK and egregiously resigns him to a five year $60 million extension (I am not opposed to the amount, but 5 years of Asik is too much). He then trades the draft pick of Nerlens Noel (nixing the fans excitement of the New Orleans Block Party) and the following years first round pick for Jrue Holiday who has been injured his entire tenure with the Pels and is currently out due to health issues with his wife. He also fired Monty Williams
Now to this year. Last year, the Pelicans pretty much had the same team as the playoff team the year before. The issue is that none of them could stay healthy. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon were solid perimeter shooters although they were defensive liabilities. Both of them go to Houston and are replaced with Solomon Hill and E'Twaun Moore, neither of which is a legit threat to get to 15 points.
With these types of moves and the lack of offensive fire power the Pelicans are throwing out there despite having plenty of salary cap space from the departure of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon and the expiring contract of Omer Asik, there is no excuse to field a team this bad. Especially when you have traded lottery picks to get some of these players like they were impact guys. DELL DEMPS NEEDS TO GO!