With salary cap room needed to acquire center Omer Asik in a trade from the Houston Rockets, the New Orleans Pelicans are not going to extend small forward Darius Miller a qualifying offer and he will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, according to league sources.
Over the weekend, the Pelicans made a similar decision with backup point guard Brian Roberts, declining to extend him a $2.8 million qualifying offer that allows him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Monday was the deadline the Pelicans had to make a decision on both Miller and Roberts before free agency begins.
If the Pelicans would have extended Miller a $1.15 million qualifying offer, he would had become an restricted free agent and they could have matched any offer he would have received.
But the top priority for the Pelicans heading into free agency is securing enough cap space to make last Wednesday's trade work to acquire Asik from the Rockets. And extending an offer to both Miller and Robert...