LAS VEGAS -- When you've had the offseason the New Orleans Pelicans have had, it's okay to smile.
The freshly-christened Pelicans shocked many NBA observers with a series of moves that transformed the roster and ratcheted up expectations for a franchise that's missed the postseason two years running.
"We're happy," New Orleans general manager Dell Demps said from NBA Summer League. "Sitting down with coach Monty Williams, executive vice president Mickey Loomis, our coaching staff and our basketball operations staff, we had a plan. The stars lines up. We feel good about the direction we're going."
The headlining moves were trading for former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Evans and Holiday join a guard rotation with last season's leading scorer, Eric Gordon, and one of last season's lottery picks, Austin Rivers. New Orleans also signed sharpshooter Anthony Morrow recently.
Even though he averaged nearly 18 points per game last season in Phi...