The New Orleans Pelicans remain one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA because of the direction they should be taking moving forward. Zion Williamson is clearly the player to build around and it is up to the front office to put the right pieces around him. This could be the start of that process.
The Pelicans have been unable to build a consistent winner in the Western Conference. This is no easy task as the conference is deep but New Orleans might have the right player at the helm. Williamson has looked the part of an all-star and is only going to improve as he matures in the league.
There have been rumors that Williamson might be unhappy with the current situation in New Orleans. This is why the front office must be aggressive in adding some new pieces to the rotation. This is what they have done by adding Devonte’ Graham. The Pelicans could also decide to move Brandon Ingram if they feel the need.
Ingram would not be the name being sent away here but it would still be a bit of a big-splash deal. The Minnesota Timberwolves seem like the team to contact if you want to add an impact performer. Minnesota has been near the bottom of the league for years now and it does not seem like there is an end in sight.
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Despite being down in the standings, the Timberwolves continue to have some talent they could move. This begins with Karl-Anthony Towns, who is one of the top big men in the league. The Timberwolves need to establish a plan moving forward and decide which direction they are heading.
Let’s take a look at what a potential NBA trade scenario centered around D’Angelo Russell between New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves could look like moving forward.