With a 5-10 record through 15 games, the New Orleans Pelicans have been one of this season's biggest disappointments. The growth of their young core, coupled with the acquisition of talented big man Steven Adams, led to big expectations for this team leading up to the 2021 season -- expectations they have, so far, been unable to meet.
Interestingly enough, New Orleans may soon take action on the trade market, in an apparent attempt to shake up the roster and salvage their season.
A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise is off to an uneven 5-10 start to the season. New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams, sources tell The Athletic. A move would create a clearer pathway for young guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis in the Pelicans’ rotation.
Redick is a veteran sharpshooter who will likely be targeted by top contenders. His ability to shoot and stretch the floor is especially valuable in creating space for stars to work.
Lonzo is a bit more complicated. With limitations on his scoring ability, Zo's strength offensively comes from making plays for others. He's also one of the best backcourt defenders in the NBA.
Needless to say, both players are going to generate interest on the market. The question is, how willing are the Pelicans to give either of them up, and what kind of price will it take?