The New Orleans Pelicans have to remain in contention for a major trade with the current direction of the team. The slow start to the 2021-22 NBA season while Zion Williamson remains out only furthers that notion.
New Orleans is going to be one of the bottom teams in the Western Conference once again and this keeps them in the ultimate rebuilding phase. Another team that could look to make a move is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland has been in rumors beginning with Collin Sexton. The point guard has been improving on the offensive end but takes a ton of shots. This could cause some problems in the rotation and the Cavaliers could look to move him. This comes down to if Cleveland wants to pay him or not.
If they do, the Cavaliers should be looking for a long-term piece to put next to him in the backcourt. Cleveland has done plenty of work to improve the frontcourt and this includes drafting Evan Mobley and making a trade for Lauri Markkanen.
When looking at potential deals, the Pelicans could line up because of what they have to offer. New Orleans is going to be interested in building around Zion Williamson if he is ever able to get on the floor.
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The Pelicans acquired Devonte’ Graham in the offseason and this put a point guard at the top of the offense that can compete on a nightly basis. This comes down to what level trade the Pelicans want to make and Brandon Ingram could be the odd man out.
This is an intriguing deal between two teams looking to rebuild and do it quickly. Here is what the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans might be able to cook up at some point moving forward.