NBA Trade Rumors: New Orleans Pelicans Shopping Multiple Players
It is NBA trade season. The deadline for NBA teams to complete trades is February 7. One team, the New Orleans Pelicans, seem to be ready to get busy. Over the weekend, they had conversations with teams regarding Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle, and E’Twaun Moore. They are looking to acquire draft picks in exchange of said players. This is all according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.
The question is why are the Pelicans making all these players available for trade? Especially since Anthony Davis has also requested to be traded. He has also made it clear that if the team does not trade him that he will not sign an extension. Davis has made it clear that he wants to play for a contender.
Is this a fire sale for the New Orleans Pelicans?
Some teams believe that by offering all the players that the Pelicans are giving up on the season. The team is currently 22-28 and 13th in the Western Conference. They are 14 games behind the Golden State Warriors and 5.5 games behind the Clippers for the 8th seed. Offerings of these players for only draft picks could indicate that the Pelicans are trying to build for the future.
Packaging for a bigger deal
The New Orleans Pelicans could also be trying to package picks for a bigger deal. The Pelicans have the talent to be a playoff caliber basketball team. However, they are not playing like. They could be trying to move some players to get a package of picks in order to land a big, big named player. Landing that bigger caliber player may give them the opportunity to make a late-season playoff run.
It will be interesting to see whom the Pelicans move. Will they get a deal done that moves one or all of these players? In addition, will they find a trade partner for Anthony Davis? All this and more could take place over the next two weeks. Just stay tuned.
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