The New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers are not only in two separate conferences, but they are on two completely separate wave length as it currently stands. Could this two teams have the right pieces to pursue a deal at the NBA trade deadline?
While the Brooklyn Nets are hot on their trail, the 76ers are the best team in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are on the outside of the playoff picture with a 13-17 record.
The 76ers are on pace for a legitimate title run and bringing in a guy like Lonzo Ball could help them accomplish that goal. A potential big move from them will be something to watch in NBA trade rumors. Philadelphia doesn’t appear to have the trade chips to make an aggressive push for a superstar like the Nets did but adding another key piece could go a long way.
The Pelicans, on the flip side, are more in the midst of a rebuild as they seek which players they’ll end up holding onto down the road. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are thriving but there is a real need to reconfigure the supporting cast around them.
New Orleans is in a position to move a point guard and trading away Lonzo Ball gives the Pelicans the most return value. Eric Bledsoe is another option that could be on the move, but regardless, the clear objective is to clear room for Kira Lewis Jr. to get minutes.
Lonzo Ball would obviously give the Sixers the true point guard they desperately need, and they could be in pursuit of him at the NBA trade deadline. Let’s take a look at what it would take to get a deal done.