Amid a tough begin to the 2020-21 NBA season, the Pelicans could also be trying to make some roster modifications.
New Orleans has acquired calls in regards to the availability of guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick forward of the March 25 trade deadline, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who stories that the Pelicans have “proven an openness” to discussing offers with suitors. The Pels and Warriors have talked a couple of potential commerce involving Kelly Oubre Jr., per Charania, however the two sides have not made severe progress on that entrance.
It is unclear if Ball and Redick have been a part of these conversations.
Ball has struggled this season, posting 12.0 factors per recreation whereas capturing 38.9 p.c from the sector and 29.1 p.c from 3-point vary. His help and rebounding numbers have dropped beneath his profession averages as properly, so his commerce worth is not precisely at an all-time excessive. Nonetheless, one staff informed SNY’s Ian Begley that New Orleans will not transfer Ball with out receiving a “important return.”
Redick has additionally been in a capturing hunch (33.3 p.c from the sector, 30.0 p.c on 3-pointers), however he’s a longtime sniper. Any contender can be completely happy so as to add that sort of high quality perimeter risk to its rotation.
If the Pelicans proceed to slip down the standings — they’re 5-10 general and have misplaced eight of their final 9 video games — they may shift into promote mode and seek for items that work round franchise cornerstones Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. New Orleans needs to be aggressive in its pursuit of offers for Ball and Redick in that case, contemplating they’re each set to change into free brokers this offseason (Ball restricted, Redick unrestricted).
It is actually attainable the Pels preserve one or each gamers, however at this level, it appears extra possible they attempt to maximize their worth reasonably than danger dropping them for nothing. A commerce may be simply what these guys want to interrupt out of their present funks.