Pelicans made Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle, E’Twaun Moore available for picks
The New Orleans Pelicans’ fire sale has begun. Following the news that superstar Anthony Davis would like to continue his career playing for another NBA team, the Pelicans are now looking to deal other players for draft picks, according to ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe on his latest podcast.
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With the eventual departure of Davis, who has been the cornerstone of the franchise since being drafted in 2012, the New Orleans Pelicans are likely looking to retool their roster and start fresh. The specific names mentioned by Lowe all will likely have at least decent value on the trade market and could be great complimentary additions for teams looking to bulk up their team ahead of the playoffs.
Nikola Mirotic has had some injury issues this season, but when on the court, he has been a prototypical modern stretch-four. He has been making 2.7 3’s per game at a 36.8 percent rate, as well as 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Despite being facing free agency this offseason, he has significant value for teams like Philadelphia, who will likely be gauging the price on him as New Orleans seeks a trade.
Julius Randle has been having the best season of his career, averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 rebounds. Proving his value as a versatile, athletic big man, he is another player that the Pelicans could likely flip for a first round pick, as Randle is the perfect type of pre-playoff addition. He even has a player option for next season, meaning that any team that trades for him could be getting more than just few months of value out of the deal.
E’Twaun Moore could prove to have some trade value for New Orleans, as well. The veteran guard is shooting a quiet 41.7 percent form deep, though only on 1.4 threes a game. Any team looking to bring aboard a shooter comfortable putting the ball on the ground, such as Oklahoma City, could be reaching for the phone to discuss a deal with the Pelicans.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, the production from these players hasn’t contributed to much success for the team. As they move towards a new chapter, it will be interesting to see what they do with Jrue Holiday as well. Holiday is under contract with the Pelicans through 2020-21 with a player option in 2021-22.