As free agency opens in the NBA on Friday, it's as easy to list what the Pelicans don't need to address as what they do.
New Orleans has a franchise power forward in Anthony Davis, a potential foundational piece in point guard Jrue Holiday and a rookie shooting guard in first-round pick Buddy Hield.
Alvin Gentry knows a little something about sticker shock.
Guard Tyreke Evans and forward Quincy Pondexter are coming back from multiple knee surgeries. Forward Dante Cunningham and centers Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca are complementary pieces, and New Orleans needs more.
"I just think we got to add players, good players," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "I don't think you can ever say no to any position that you can get that's a good player."
But based on last season – and on the potential free-agent exits of guard Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson – the Pelicans do have some specific areas of need. A look at some of three of those holes, and the free agents who could help fill them:
The Pelicans were a middle-of-the-pack 3-point-shooting team, ranking 14th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (8.6). But unrestricted free agents Anderson (131 3-pointers) and Gordon (113) accounted for 34.7 percent of New Orleans' 3-pointers, and the Pelicans might have to replace them both.
Potential fit: The best catch here might be Dallas forward Chandler Parsons, a career 38 percent 3-point shooter who despite injuries has made at least 104 3-pointers in each of the past four seasons. But durability might be a concern – Parsons hasn't played 70-plus games either of the past two seasons – and Parsons will command a max contract or close to it.
Others on the market: Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal (restricted) Jamal Crawford, Courtney Lee, Evan Fournier (restricted), Joe Johnson, O.J. Mayo, Dion Waiters (restricted).
Gentry said after the season that the Pelicans need a long wing player who can help initiate offense. It helps if he can knock down a 3-point shot and – particularly given New Orleans' struggles last season – if he can defend multiple positions.
Potential fit: Both Atlanta's Kent Bazemore and Indiana's Solomon Hill seem like ideal targets for Gentry's system. Both are quality 3-point shooters and solid defenders. And both are candidates to stun casual fans with the size of their contracts. It might take overpaying to land either.
Others on the market: Harrison Barnes (restricted), Nicolas Batum, Allen Crabbe (restricted), Marvin Williams, Evan Turner.
The Pelicans might never again repeat last season's mass of injuries (351 games lost to injury or illness), but the year underscored the need for contributing players who can fill roles on a good team and step into larger ones if circumstances dictate it.
Potential fit: New Orleans could do a lot worse than Washington's Jared Dudley, a 39.9 percent career 3-point shooter who can play multiple forward positions and has a reputation as a strong locker-room presence. Dudley played for Gentry in Phoenix and when a Twitter user asked last month if he'd consider doing so again, he replied "I love Alvin so yes!"
Others on the market: Terrence Jones (restricted), E'Twaun Moore, Ramon Sessions, Jared Sullinger (restricted).