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Josh Hart has possible performed his closing recreation for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.
He suffered a torn ligament in his thumb that will likely be re-evaluated in three weeks, however all indicators level to him lacking the remainder of the season.
This can be a huge blow to the New Orleans Pelicans, who’re going via myriad accidents proper now and actually need Hart’s power and manufacturing off the bench.
He will likely be a restricted free agent on the finish of the season, and there has lengthy been hypothesis about whether or not the Pelicans will re-sign him or not.
He has been their finest bench participant all season however might have priced himself out of the Pels’ vary relying on what different strikes they make within the offseason.
So how will this harm have an effect on Josh Hart’s worth on the open market? First, let’s check out a few of the different gamers who will likely be free brokers this offseason.
New Orleans Pelicans: Restricted free agent taking pictures guards
Josh Hart’s worth gained’t simply be decided by his factors and rebounds, however by who else is available on the market.
The restricted free agent marketplace for taking pictures guards is fairly skinny, which is unhealthy information for the Pelicans, as there will likely be fewer guys for groups to try to lock up with “poison capsule” presents that the Pels don’t need to match.
Josh Hart and Gary Trent Jr. are the top-two restricted free agent taking pictures guards and each will get substantial consideration from their present groups in addition to others who need to pry them away.
Malik Monk may even be on the market. Hamidou Diallo will get some takes care of an ascending season and Kendrick Nunn is nearly sure to get a suggestion from Miami in addition to different groups searching for his companies.
The issue with making presents to restricted free brokers is that groups then have to attend for a solution earlier than they’ll pursue different guys. Fortunately there are many unrestricted free brokers who will take some consideration off of Hart.