While this NBA season has been slightly disappointing for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they currently find themselves in 11th place in the Western Conference and fighting for a chance to earn a play-in game spot in the playoffs this season, the future is very bright for this organization.
Brandon Ingram has continued to prove that he is an All-Star caliber player, even though he was left off of the roster this season, but Zion Williamson has elevated himself to being a superstar in this league. It is just a matter of time before Zion is considered the best player in the entire league because he is virtually impossible to stop.
If you put a smaller guard/wing on him, then he will back them down in the paint and if you put a big man on him, Zion just puts his head down and bulldozes his way to the rim. When teams have doubled Williamson this year, he either is able to use his strength to break through the double-team or he has been able to kick the ball out for a wide-open three for one of his teammates.
There is just now way to stop Zion Williamson and as a result, the Pelicans are in a great place as an organization whether or not they make the playoffs. However, this offseason will be very important for them not only because Lonzo Ball is a restricted free agent, but because they need to find ways to add more overall talent to their roster. This will be something to monitor in NBA trade rumors, to say the least.
If they wind up keeping Lonzo Ball, they will not have much cap space to explore endless opportunities, but they could potentially look to strike a deal with the Pistons to add some key role players to their roster. It’s already been mentioned in NBA rumors that New Orleans could sign-and-traded Ball in the offseason with no shortage of potential suitors.
Could the Pelicans look to make a big move in the offseason by pulling off a trade with the Pistons to acquire both Josh Jackson, Mason Plumlee and a veteran guard? Let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade presented by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz that would send some key talents to New Orleans.