4 New Orleans Pelicans who tanked their trade value in 2023

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Jonas Valanciunas

I wouldn’t go all the way to say that Jonas Valanciunas has completely tanked his trade value like the first two players on this list, but an argument could be made that his trade value has certainly dipped after this season.

There’s no question that Valanciunas still represents a valuable player for the Pelicans, especially on the defensive end. But there’s no question that his trade value is in a worse place heading into this year’s offseason than it was after last season. There’s an argument to be made that at this point last offseason, Valanciunas’ trade value was at an all-time high.

Last season in New Orleans, he averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game. His production dipped a bit this season, and that will reflect on his theoretical trade value.

Unless the Pelicans end up making big changes to their roster, which is somewhat unlikely at this point, as admitted by David Griffin. So, Valanciunas is going to be a staple for the team heading into next season. If they do end up trading him, though, there’s no question that the return is not going to be as great as it would’ve been had they done so last offseason.