2019 NBA free agency: 5 potential landing spots for Brook Lopez

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4. New Orleans Pelicans

With Zion Williamson now officially on board, and with the likes of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram also arriving courtesy of the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Orleans Pelicans are bound to be one of the most anticipated teams to watch come next season.

In addition to the aforementioned trio of players, the Pelicans welcome back combo guard Jrue Holiday, while Josh Hart also comes on board as part of the Lakers’ trade. So while these names are intriguing on paper, their proficiency from the perimeter leaves a lot to be desired.

Last season with the Lakers, the trio of Ball, Ingram and Hart shot at a 33.6 percent clip or worse from long range, while Holiday converted at an anemic 32.5 percent clip from 3-point range. Not only would Lopez assist in this department, his ability to stretch the floor would enable Williamson to utilize his ability to attack the rim and score down low.

Additionally, Lopez’s prowess at the defensive end of the floor would make for a terrific stabilizing force in light of Davis’ departure. Last season, the Pelicans finished 23rd in the league in defensive rating, clearly not helped by the drama surrounding Davis as they finished 14th in the league the season prior. However, with a starting lineup of Lopez, Williamson, Holiday, Ball and Ingram, the Pelicans’ defensive rating would certainly jump up the rankings.

With just $61.4 million in contracts on the books for the 2019-20, the Pelicans clearly have no cap space issues if they were to pursue Lopez. However, on a 2-3 year deal in order to preserve future cap space, a Lopez-Pelicans marriage make sense on a number of levels.