The New Orleans Pelicans have been in active discussion with the Brooklyn Nets for a proposed trade that could ship Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier, and a 2018 protected first-round pick for Brook Lopez, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
The Big Easy is relentlessly looking for a center to play alongside cornerstone Anthony Davis and ease the defensive load he withstands night in and night out, often forced to miss games because of his high activity on the floor.
Lopez will earn $22.6 million next season and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018. The 7-footer is a versatile shooting big, shooting 33.6 percent from deep while averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 blocks per game.
While his rebounding is lacking for a center, it is an area that Davis could compensate for with relative ease, making it a good pairing for the struggling Pelicans.
Evans will become an unrestricted free agent after the season and has averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game through his first six seasons in the league. The 27 year old has struggled with a myriad of injuries dating back to last season. Evans only played in 25 games last season and is averaging a career-low 17.6 minutes per game off the bench this season.
Frazier and Galloway are serviceable guards but unlikely to challenge Jrue Holiday for his starting spot, and therefore expendable for the Pels, if the return is someone to pair with Davis — thus improving the long-term standing of their franchise player.
The two guards can certainly produce, with Frazier having excellent vision and Galloway developing into a strong shooter from beyond the arc.
While three players and a first-round pick sound like a lot for one player, the Pelicans believe Lopez can get them that much closer to playoff contention.