Pelicans looking to lure “higher level” free agent guard
The New Orleans Pelicans continue their aggressive pursuit of a quality hybrid guard.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Pelicans are looking for depth at the position.
Pelicans have been pretty aggressive in trying to land one of the higher level free agent guards left. Looking for depth.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 29, 2016
Looking at Stephenson means they want to have a back-up plan for the often-injured Tyreke Evans, as he possesses a very similar skill set.
The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native is a strong guard who is aggressive attacking the basket and possesses flair and great instincts to find teammates open in traffic. However, he lacks consistent range just like Evans does.
After letting Norris Cole walk, the Pelicans already have a 15-man roster — meaning they’d have to shuffle some pieces to make room for their desired acquisition.
At this time of the year, the market is thin and the only quality players left as free agents are in heavy contract negotiations with the teams they last played for.
It’s yet to be seen how the Pelicans will handle this situation, but if Evans indeed gets hurt and rookie Buddy Hield fails to perform to expectations as a viable starter, there could be a huge hole in New Orleans.