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Game 52: Following quiet trade deadline, New Orleans Pelicans must focus on Chicago Bulls

31 games remain — plenty of time left for development, and if things break right, a squeeze into the playoffs??

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The 2020 NBA Trade Deadline came and went without so much as a whisper regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Jrue Holiday’s name had been mentioned seemingly every day since the middle of December, but he’ll remain in New Orleans at least through the rest of the season. So too should Darius Miller’s salary and E’Twaun Moore’s expiring — but useful — contract.

I’m fine with all of this.

This season was always about individual development, starting the process on continuity with such a young core and the front office properly evaluating the entire roster. Adding guys like Gary Harris, Justise Winslow or any other player who wouldn’t move the needle on a pretty deep roster makes little sense considering the dearth of future picks at New Orleans disposal. At this point, the premium should be on quality and/or finding pieces that mesh with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram (and probably Lonzo Ball, too).

Anyways, don’t miss Charlie’s article on why failing to move Jrue Holiday before the trade deadline is a good thing. Also, let’s shift the focus back to basketball so please give Jamile’s preview a read as the Pelicans battle the Chicago Bulls tonight.

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (20-31) vs Chicago Bulls (19-33)

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Thursday, February 6th, 2019 7:00 PM CST

Watch: FOX Sports New Orleans

Listen: ESPN Radio 100.3 FM