445 LRN Sports June 29

The NBA free agency period starts this Sunday at 12:01AM, and after one of the best years in franchise history, the Pelicans have a lot of big decisions to make. Locked On Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says it could be a dramatic few days, as New Orleans has a big decision to make about whether to resign All-Star Center Demarcus Cousins, who’s coming off a major injury.

Cut 3 (11) “friendly deal.”

The rumor mill is currently not connecting the Pels with any of the big names on the market, like Lebron James or Paul George.

It’s not just Boogie on the market, point guard Rajon Rondo, who excelled leading the Pels up tempo attack last year after Cousins went down is out of contract. Madison says Rondo’s leadership and ball handling allowed the team to get a career year out of Jrue Holliday, and he expects they’ll fight to bring him back, if the price is right.

Cut 4  (12) “his career”

But bringing back the same crew likely will not be enough to push the team past Houston, Golden State, or a potential LeBron led Lakers team. Madison says the teams options are limited when it comes to upgrading their wing position, something they’ve missed for over a decade.

Cut 5  (10) “depth here.”

He says this year the depth in those wing positions is looking promising, and surprisingly affordable.