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2020 NBA Trade Season Kicks Off Today: Will the New Orleans Pelicans make a move?

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Jrue Holiday’s name has seemingly been mentioned every day for weeks now. Will a contender pay David Griffin’s asking price?

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Ready for what will hopefully be a flurry of trades that dominate the news cycle today?

Starting at noon Eastern (11:00 a.m. Central), the NBA moratorium will no longer sit in place.

Teams will in effect be able to start wheeling and dealing right after the bell rings — I’m envisioning Adam Silver startling representatives from all 30 franchises on a Zoom call with an air horn or some other aggravating noise device.

Forgive me, but it’s 2020, the year we should always hope to forget.

But honestly, considering the fact that many players, agents and teams have been chatting behind the scenes leading up to this moment, there could be a healthy amount of activity.

For instance, word broke yesterday that the Lakers intend to send Danny Green and their 28th overall pick to the Thunder for Dennis Schroder, but the deal will not be finalized until Los Angeles makes that selection on behalf of OKC in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The two biggest questions surrounding the Pelicans are:

  1. Will Jrue Holiday be traded?
  2. Will the Pelicans improve their position in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft as they’ve been rumored several times of wanting to trade up the last few weeks?

The rumors revolving around Holiday continued to swirl yesterday as Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that “significant league-wide interest” remains, but Mike Singer of the Denver Post downplayed some possibilities.

Will someone trade for Russell Westbrook or James Harden? Does Chris Paul get moved to a contender? What will be the deal that no one sees coming?

Some helpful advice: keep hitting refresh on Twitter or whatever other app you rely on for breaking NBA news. We could be in for a wild ride.

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