When the New Orleans Pelicans traded for the DeMarcus Cousins, people thought they might make the playoffs. However, the team got exposed for its lack of a supporting cast around its superstars. Going into its first offseason with Cousins on the roster, these are the moves New Orleans need to make.

The Pelicans need to first address their lack of perimeter shooting. Signing Jordon Crawford helped, but when you have two big men like Cousins and Anthony Davis that dominate the paint, you need more weapons on the outside.

The Pelicans need to make a serious offer to Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. Redick averaged 15 points a game this year with the Clippers, all the while shooting a ridiculous 42 percent from three.

Dependent on how deep of a playoff run the Clippers make, Redick may be looking for a new team. L.A. has yet to find any real success in the postseason and Redick is not getting any younger.

Redick would add that much needed shooting from the perimeter New Orleans desperately needs.

The team next needs to add depth in the frontcourt. This is something the Pelicans can possibly address in the draft this year. New Orleans holds the 40th overall pick in the draft and is currently projected to take seven footer Anzejs Pasecniks from Latvia.

Pasecniks is part of a new generation of centers who can rim roll and also shoot the ball from deep. He would pair nicely coming off the bench for Davis or Cousins.

If the Pelicans do not take Pasecniks in the draft, then they can look to make offers to possibly Nene Hilario or Zaza Pachulia to bring depth to their frontcourt. Both players would bring the same roll off the bench. Nene is the better player, but he would come at a higher price.

New Orleans have the star players to lead the team, but they will not be a playoff team until they add depth to the roster.

Erich Fisher is a Staff Writer that covers the NBA for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter at @ETFisher24

 

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