Pelicans sign Darius Miller to compete with John Salmons


Jrue Holiday-Eric Gordon-Tyreke Evans-Anthony Davis-Omer 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.