HoopsHype Brian Roberts rumors
Backup point guard Brian Roberts hopes he did enough in summer league for the New Orleans Pelicans to pick up the option on his contract for this upcoming season that could increase his salary to $788,872 from last season’s $473,604. Roberts struggled with a three-of-14 shooting performance in Friday night’s 78-77 loss to the Washington Wizards but he made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer. Roberts came into Friday’s game averaging 14.5 points after four games. ``I thought I played pretty well,’’ Roberts said. ``There were times when I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but overall I thought I gave the effort when I was out there. Mainly, I wanted to show that I could run the team and get guys in the right positions.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune
Forward Lance Thomas also is hoping the Pelicans will extend him a contract offer. The Pelicans waived Thomas last Wednesday to clear salary cap space for the franchise to sign center Greg Stiemsma. If the Pelicans had not waived Thomas, he would have been guaranteed to earn $884,293 this upcoming season. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Since the regular season ended just more than a month ago, New Orleans Pelicans backup guard Brian Roberts hasn’t paid much attention to the upcoming NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night. But whether the Pelicans pick up the option on Roberts' contract to retain him could largely depend on where they are slotted for the upcoming June 27 NBA draft. The Pelicans have only an 8.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick going into the lottery. But they have a 26.15 percent chance of staying at the fifth spot, where several mock drafts have them selecting Michigan point guard Trey Burke. Most have Burke, 6-feet, 190, being taken no higher than fifth and not lower than seventh. New Orleans Times-Picayune
``Right now I’m just trying to see how things play out,’’ Roberts said. ``I haven’t talked to coach or management about that kind of stuff as of yet. But I’m pretty confident something can be worked out.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune
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