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Report: Could Pelicans pursue Matt Bonner?

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Though there are many free agent options out there at power forward, the Times-Picayune suggests an interesting one for the New Orleans Pelicans: Spurs sharpshooter Matt Bonner.

The Pelicans could be looking for a spread big man to come off the bench and hit outside shots in new head coach Alvin Gentry's system.

From Jimmy Smith of NOLA.com:

      "The Pelicans might be in the market for a backup power forward who would fit into Alvin Gentry's yet-to-be-unveiled offensive system, one that's expected to be heavy on pace and jump shooting. This suggestion will, of course, undoubtedly be panned, but one unrestricted free agent whom the Pelicans might be wise to consider would be Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs. While Bonner's age (35) doesn't exactly fit the Pelicans' calendar demographic, and his foot speed might be a touch on the underwhelming side, he can shoot the 3-ball in transition and, when needed, has been able to put up big scoring numbers. Bonner's 3-point shooting dropped last year, to a career-low 36.5 percent, but he's still a 41.4 percent career shooter from beyond the 3-point line. As always, the Pelicans will be looking for value in the free-agent market and Bonner, who played last year with the Spurs for a veteran's minimum of $914,000 would certainly check off all the boxes in that category."