Why the Pelicans might consider trading Brandon Ingram and the 10th pick in the NBA Draft
If the Pelicans wanted to remake their roster, this would be one way to do it. They are in the rare position to have the combination of star young players and draft assets to either land a superstar or get a package of good players.
This would be the latter, so the Pelicans would be getting back four guys, getting rid of Bledsoe’s contract, moving on from Steven Adams and giving up Brandon Ingram.
Ingram is the only real loss in that group, as Bledsoe and Adams weren’t great fits around Zion and the Pelicans have a ton of future draft picks, and already have a bunch of young players to develop in Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kira Lewis Jr., Jaxson Hayes, Didi Louzada and Naji Marshall.
So the question is whether Turner, Sexton, Nance Jr. and Love are worth giving up a potential superstar in Brandon Ingram.
If you want spacing around Zion, this group would provide it, as Turner, Nance Jr. and Love can all shoot from range. You’re also getting a dynamic scorer in Sexton for the bench and the team wouldn’t be much worse defensively.
The Pelicans would have a deeper team with more versatile lineup options with a lot of scoring punch all over the place.
I have to admit, it’s a pretty tempting idea, but I still don’t think the Pelicans should do it.