This NBA offseason was quite an entertaining one for the New Orleans Pelicans, who saw how their biggest figure, Anthony Davis, departed to go play with the Los Angeles Lakers. That was indeed a huge loss for them, but the Pelicans managed to get something good from AD, landing some young assets and draft picks that make them a threat for the future.
They want to remain competitive and try to compete for a playoff spot next season with their core of young players and talented veterans, but they are still missing something to be even better. Trying to lock up a place in the postseason, the Pelicans have to land a superstar before the February NBA trade deadline.
One of their potential targets could be Bradley Beal, a player who’s been rumored to be making his way out of the Washington Wizards this summer, seeing the lack of competitiveness on his team. According to Preston Ellis of Bleacher Report, adding Beal to the core of Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Derrick Favors would turn the Pelicans into a “bona fide contender” in the West next season.
“The Pelicans would become a bona fide contender with Beal. A lineup of Jrue Holiday, Beal, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and Derrick Favors with endless depth would make New Orleans arguably one of the teams to beat in either conference. Armed with four capable starting ball-handlers, the Pelicans could further space the floor by moving Zion to the 5 in small-ball lineups and pushing a small-ball unit with JJ Redick in three-guard lineups, making one of the NBA’s faster half-court offenses.”
In the proposed trade deal, the Pelicans would send a trade package including Lonzo Ball, Darius Miller, E’Twaun Moore, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a 2020 first-round pick, and a 2021 first-round pick to the Wizards in exchange for Beal. If they actually intend to make this move, and it actually goes through, it will definitely help both teams to improve their rosters.
It’s not like Beal is going to make the Pelicans instant contenders for the NBA title, but adding this guy would take their level to another dimension. He’s an All-Star shooting guard that can get along with other superstars. Last season he averaged 25.6 points, five rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
As for the Wizards, they would be getting two young and promising assets in Lonzo Ball and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who could help them speed up the rebuilding process. If they decide to take a different path, one of the first-round picks that they could potentially receive from the Pelicans would help them to unload the injured John Wall and his hefty contract.