The New Orleans Pelicans will be a solid team, but in a Western Conference that has arguably never been deeper, they’ll likely get lost in the mayhem. That said, a player near the bottom of their totem pole in terms of long-term development is guard-forward combo, Darius Miller.
Miller is set to make $6.8 million next season, the lowest of any of these five potential targets. Having spent his full career in New Orleans, he’s seen both the team’s lacking postseason run and their insanely quick rebuild.
However, at 29, Miller will be at least 31 or 32 before this rebuild really comes to fruition and true progress towards a title is made. Miller would be a prime target for Golden State because of his combination of size, shooting and defense.
At 6-foot-8, Miller has ideal size for a forward.
At the same time, Miller is a 38.2% career three-point shooter. Given that he’s already used to playing with superstars having been on the same team as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, Miller could slot right into a low-volume role on the Warriors.
If they find the value in Miller and can make his contract work, expect New Orleans to be open about dealing the five-year veteran forward.