Pelicans: Pros and cons of a sign-and-trade of Josh Hart for Buddy Hield

Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
New Orleans Pelicans, Buddy Hield, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots over Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Pelicans: Losing Josh Hart could make the Pels even worse defensively

Con: Josh Hart was probably the Pelicans’ best defender last season, which is not saying much, as they were pretty much terrible as a team and didn’t really have any great individual defenders.

Losing Hart could take a toll on the defense, but considering how bad they have been for the last two seasons, would anyone really notice?

Related Story. 5 way-too-early takeaways from Summer League. light

Hield is not good defensively, that is true, but it’s not like the Pels were lights out with Hart or that he was an elite defender, because he wasn’t.

He is an elite rebounder, which does help the Pelicans close out defensive possessions, so in that regard, losing him would hurt the Pels.

But with Trey Murphy III, Naji Marshall and Herbert Jones now coming off the Pels’ bench, the loss of Hart might not even be felt and the Pels could actually be better on defense.

Marshall looked fantastic in the first Summer League game and is probably ready to take over the role of hustle/defense/rebounder off the bench for the Pels.

While Hart may be a better defender individually, he’s not so good that he would offset his limitations on offense, nor what Buddy Hield would ultimately bring to that end.

I’m not really sure this one really is a con to be honest.