Nikola Mirotic is far from the only NBA player sitting in the trade crosshairs for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Keith Pompey, a Sixers beat writer for several Philly outlets, announced earlier today on social media that the Pelicans were one of seven teams interested in trading for Tyreke Evans. Later, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski corroborated the story but amended a few of the details including the list of interested teams.
Teams chasing the playoffs in the East (Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Boston) and the West (Denver and New Orleans) are among those expressing interest in acquiring Evans, league sources said.
Then, during the New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics matchup airing live on ESPN, Wojnarowski went into greater depth regarding the Pelicans trade hopes and prospects.
Woj did acknowledge the difficulties the Pelicans are having with trying to make deals thanks to limited assets.— Oleh Kosel (@OlehKosel) February 1, 2018
Although he didn’t reveal any new specific names, we’re already aware of the interest in Mirotic and the Sporting News made mention of a potential three-way deal between the Pels, Lakers and Hawks, throwing out a couple of key names.
— If not, the Pels have also been linked to the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore and the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson. Hornets forward Nic Batum is too rich for their blood with his mega contract (three years to run at around $77 million).
Honestly, it’s hard to believe the Pelicans would have interest in either Jordan Clarkson or Kent Bazemore because their contracts run for two additional years. Clarkson is owed almost $26 million after this season and Bazemore, $37.4 million (including a player option). Considering New Orleans balked at guaranteeing Mirotic’s team option for next season, they’re not likely to make allowances for two other role players, right?
Many around the league, though, expect for Dell Demps to make a move soon as he’s reportedly as desperate as Stan Van Gundy was in Detroit. In case you missed it, SVG was able to bring Blake Griffin to the Pistons earlier this week.
“Dell needs to do something and he knows it,” one Eastern Conference GM told the Sporting News. “The Pelicans could be getting a new GM. So he’s as desperate to make a deal as Stan was.”
Which player(s) will the Pelicans front office score?