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Off Season Report Card

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We begin with the team that kicked off the offseason in earnest back in June. Are you ready to jump on the Pelicans bandwagon? It’s time. We thought it was time last year, but then the entire roster got hurt, and the dreams were deferred. Then New Orleans dealt Houston a first-round pick for Omer Asik, taking last year’s “win now” approach and doubling down on it.

Now it’s time to double down with them. Go all in. Grow a unibrow. Get the angry pelican tattooed on your chest. Paint your house that ugly bronze alternate color they chose for some reason.

I believe in the blueprint. Everyone got hurt last year, which made the Pelicans’ offseason look like a flop, but when the core players were healthy, as Kevin Arnovitz pointed out in February, “The Pelicans’ desired closing unit — [Jrue] Holiday, [Eric] Gordon, [Tyreke] Evans, [Ryan] Anderson, [Anthony] Davis — dominated the league offensively this season before its members started dropping like flies, scoring an ungodly 123.5 points per 100 possessions.”

Losing Anthony Morrow this summer will hurt, Monty Williams is still a question mark as a coach, and it’s unclear if they’ll ever be able to move Gordon. But while 15 other teams made bigger moves this summer, the Pelicans are quietly sitting there waiting to explode in a few months.

Even the Evans contract that everyone mocked looks 10 times better after he went for 17.4 points and 6.4 assists per game following the All-Star break. Compare Evans’s four years for $44 million to what Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are getting, and suddenly $11 million a year is decent.

Oh, and Davis. Trusting the Pelicans’ blueprint from the last two summers could look incredibly stupid 12 months from now, but King Brow is the biggest reason I feel confident. He’s the next guy to be in the Durant-LeBron conversation, maybe the only real challenger to the throne for the next five years. And in case you forgot, the Sonics/Thunder with Durant won 20 games, 23 games, and then … jumped to 50. Get in on the Pelicans.

GRADE: B-PLUS, PLUS AN ALIEN WITH BASKETBALL SUPERPOWERS



Couldn't be more excited to see this team hit the court.. As fans we get excited no matter the circumstances because it's a new season, a new beginning so to speak. BUT this year there are legit reasons to be overly optimistic... Big year for the Pels INC




VOR
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Glad someone gave this it's own thread. Maybe it'll chap Mack's ass.


saintsfan22
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Compare Evans’s four years for $44 million to what Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are getting, and suddenly $11 million a year is decent.

Decent is an understatement.


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JayJay2
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Mack needs something to chap his ass.


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KG5989
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Compare Evans’s four years for $44 million to what Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are getting, and suddenly $11 million a year is decent.


So freaking true.


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Fontainebleau Dr.
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"That ugly bronze alternate color," AKA Gold.


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Jamohn
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Chair
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Whoever Andrew Sharp is, he gets it.



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Mack
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We all need something to feel optimistic about. If we dont resign AD when the time comes, I'm completely giving up on nba basketball.

I'm only half given up as of now.


quail man
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re-sign


Mack
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*re-sign


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Athletix
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Damn that negativity... Who knows what will happen when that time comes, but lets focus on the now. The now looks promising


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hugo_boss
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We all need something to feel optimistic about. If we dont resign AD when the time comes, I'm completely giving up on nba basketball. 

I'm only half given up as of now. 


No it's only you. All I see on this board is optimism and then you. Can you name some great players who left their team after their first contract? It doesn't happen. We have AD for a long time and if you're sitting around worrying about something that's at least 5 years away then you probably need a hobby.


Mack
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Sorry for my lack of sunshine and rainbows with every post. Like everyone else I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'm keeping it real. We only have AD another 4 years if memory serves me correctly btw. It'll be here before you know it. Keep your fingers crossed.
This post was edited on 7/19 at 7:51 pm


hugo_boss
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Sorry for my lack of sunshine and rainbows with every post. Like everyone else I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'm keeping it real. We only have AD another 4 years if memory serves me correctly btw. It'll be here before you know it. Keep your fingers crossed. 


Its not the lack of sunshine and rainbows in your post, its the constant doom and gloom. You're not cautiously optimistic, you're outwardly negative. AD's contract is for three more seasons before he is a RESTRICTED free agent. Unless something unforseen happens that makes the Pelicans no longer want AD, the only way he isn't extended is by signing a qualifying offer. The chances of that happening are miniscule. There's too much money to be lost. So no I'd rather not dwell on a scenario that's several years away and most likely won't come to fruition.


Mack
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No, it's the lack of me posting everything as sunshine and rainbows about the pelicans that has you upset. Dwell on what I think if you want to, or dont. Either way makes no difference to me at this point. Not everyone will agree with you on everything in life. If AD wants out of nola in 4 years, he'll be gone. There's a decent chance that it happens. I wouldn't tell myself it's "miniscule"


lsutothetop
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No, it's the lack of me posting everything as sunshine and rainbows about the pelicans that has you upset.

No, it isn't. You routinely take the most pessimistic possible spin whenever a new story or line of discussion comes out. I can't tell if you're one of those fans who thinks he has to downplay everything good and talk up everything bad so he can be "unbiased" and ends up just being unreasonably negative, or if you're actually just an absurd pessimist about everything, but your posting is really fricking annoying because all you ever do is whine and try to make everything look doom and gloom. General life lesson, if you think you're the only one being realistic and everyone else around you is optimistic (or pessimistic, but in this case optimistic) to the point of delusion then you're probably wrong and need to reassess.


Fearthehat0307
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No, it isn't. You routinely take the most pessimistic possible spin whenever a new story or line of discussion comes out. I can't tell if you're one of those fans who thinks he has to downplay everything good and talk up everything bad so he can be "unbiased" and ends up just being unreasonably negative, or if you're actually just an absurd pessimist about everything, but your posting is really fricking annoying because all you ever do is whine and try to make everything look doom and gloom. General life lesson, if you think you're the only one being realistic and everyone else around you is optimistic (or pessimistic, but in this case optimistic) to the point of delusion then you're probably wrong and need to reassess.
if you're gonna be all doom and gloom at least be entertaining about it. I've grown to love and appreciate danman


lsutothetop
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dan is super pessimistic, but I feel like he plays it up for laughs at this point so it doesn't bother me

this dude sounds like he sincerely believes everything he's saying tho...


VOR
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this dude sounds like he sincerely believes everything he's saying tho...


I have no problem with someone occasionally suggesting that the sunshine pumpers hit the brakes just a little, but Mack can be a one note poster occasionally. Sure, this team still has a way to go, but it's far too early to suggest that Demps' building strategy is doomed. And it's definitely too early to predict that AD is going to take a hike as soon as he can. Hell, I suppose you could make that prediction with any team not named the Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, etc, who drafts a player like AD.


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