There's only one Kent Bazemore.
In the free-spending NBA free-agency period that began overnight Thursday, the Hawks guard – a quality player who's hardly a household name – figures to have teams lining up to offer lucrative contracts.
Wing players like Bazemore and Indiana's Solomon Hill are logical fits for the Pelicans, but they'll be in high demand. The Pelicans could pursue high-profile targets like Dallas' Chandler Parsons or Charlotte's Jeremy Lin, but they'll be costly and figure to have no shortage of suitors.
As free agency opens in the NBA on Friday, it's as easy to list what the Pelicans don't need…
The Celtics' Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger aren't superstars, but they're generating plenty of interest.
And with so many teams flush with cash to spend this summer, New Orleans may find it challenging to land its top targets no matter who they are.
So where do teams turn when Plan-A players don't pan out?
A look at some under-the-radar targets the Pelicans could explore to round out the roster, or as backup plans if they miss on priority targets:
Terrence Jones, Houston forward
The Rockets didn't tender a qualifying offer to Jones, meaning the 6-foot-9, 252-pound forward is an unrestricted free agent. Jones averaged 8.7 points and 20.9 minutes per game last season, his lowest averages since his rookie year.
But Jones – who played with Anthony Davis at Kentucky – won't turn 25 until January, and he's only two years removed from what looked like his breakout season in 2013-14, when he averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game.
The ship has sailed on Jones being a star, but he's a solid rotation player, potentially available at a reasonable price.
Andrew Nicholson, Orlando forward
To free up cap room, the Magic didn't make a qualifying offer to the 26-year-old Nicholson, meaning he's unrestricted. And though he's averaged just 15.1 minutes in 247 career games, he's a name to watch.
The 6-9, 250-pound Nicholson made 41 of 114 3-pointers this season (36 percent) and has improved his 3-point percentage in each of his three years in the league. His per-36-minute averages last season – 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1 block – are appealing for a player who likely won't command a massive salary.
Garrett Temple, Washington guard
This wouldn't turn heads the way signing Wizards forward Jared Dudley might, but Temple has some appeal.
He's a local who was born in Baton Rouge and played at LSU, and he's coming off the highest-scoring season of his career at 7.3 points per game. Temple isn't much of a 3-point shooter, but is a solid passer and defender.
Dwight Powell, Dallas forward
Landing the 6-11 Powell is tricky, because he's a restricted free agent, giving Dallas the right to match any offer. But he might be worth a look.
Powell's numbers aren't exceptional – he averaged 5.8 points and 4 rebounds this season – but he scored in double digits in nine of Dallas' first 14 games before tailing of and seeing his minutes reduced. His 15-point, seven-rebound game against New Orleans on Nov. 7 was a sign of what he can do at his best.
Perhaps most importantly, the 24-year-old Powell has shown he can play with great energy, an attribute the Pelicans need.