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Pelicans sign Darius Miller to compete with John Salmons

Jul 18, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Darius Miller, Richard Jefferson Darius Miller, Richard Jefferson

Jrue HolidayEric GordonTyreke EvansAnthony DavisOmer Asik, on paper, is an awesome starting lineup. It features five talented players, and they seem to fit very well together.

Behind them, Ryan Anderson is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. As long as he comes back healthy from a scary neck injury, he brings a key dimension with his shooting.

The Pelicans truly go six deep.

Beyond that, though, they’re extremely thin.

New Orleans signed John Salmons to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to John Reid of The Times Picayune. But considering Salmons is better known now for his previous partially guaranteed contract than what he brings to the floor, the Pelicans didn’t just hand the 34-year-old a rotation spot.

John Reid of The Times Picayune:

Small forward Darius Miller has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, a league source confirmed Thursday night.

Miller, the No. 46 pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of Kentucky, didn’t receive the $1,115,243 qualifying offer necessary to make him a free agent. Considering how the Pelicans viewed him then and how little outside interest he received as an unrestricted free agent, Miller probably receive a minimum contract ($915,243).

In two pro years, Miller has shown only brief spurts of deserving a rotation spot. However, he improved substantially from his rookie year, and maybe the Pelicans believe the 24-year-old will continue progressing.

If he does, there might be a spot for him in this rotation. If not, Salmons is the baseline option.

  1. cmart0907 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Darius Miller he is about 6″8′ 230. If he gets 36mpg he’ll get you at least 10pts 4rebs 3ast per game. He is more than capable shooting the ball at the three. He has all the tools to be a GOOD not Great , but good defensive player. Salmon’s have the experience , but just lacks the size at the 3 for the Pelicans.

  2. freeworld - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    so is austin rivers out?

    • jerze2387 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Pffft, remembering that would have actually required research by the writers on here. And we all know facts come second, after opinions here

  3. conjecture101 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I am of the opinion that this article is pure conjecture. The primary points of the article consist of the author’s bias opinions. Additionally, the tone in which this article is written suggests an extreme arrogance from the author, who seems to have a personal agenda in regards to shaping the public’s perception of the New Orleans Pelicans roster and the NBA landscape in general.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Thats literally evey article on this site though, so cant really be surprised.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      You hit the nail on the head.

      Did you notice the negative tone too?

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