The New Orleans Pelicans have mostly laid low this offseason, as they had a full roster going in and don’t have any glaring holes.
That hasn’t stopped them being mentioned in rumors, starting with the Kevin Durant drama that dominated the headlines in the early offseason.
They’ve also been mentioned in possible trades with Utah, which makes sense considering the Jazz are looking to dump useful veterans for picks.
But nothing ever materialized and it seems the Pelicans are content with the roster they have, which made the playoffs last season and will be getting Zion Williamson back.
That didn’t stop more speculation, as Andy Bailey recently put together a possible trade for every team for Bleacher Report, including an interesting proposal involving the Brooklyn Nets, but this time Durant is not involved.
New Orleans Pelicans trade with the Brooklyn Nets
These types of fake trades are really just fodder for conversation and I highly doubt anything like this would ever happen, but it does raise some interesting questions:
In this trade, the Pelicans trade their starting center for small forward Joe Harris, who is 31-years-old and played a whopping 14 games last season, Edmond Sumner, who played for the Pacers last season and a distant first-round pick.
This pretty clearly makes sense for the Nets who need a center and are firmly in “win now” mode. Valanciunas is one of the best centers in the league and would give the Nets an impressive starting five that might make them the frontrunner for the NBA championship.
It makes less sense for the Pelicans, so would they even entertain something like this?