The New Orleans Pelicans are in dire straits with Zion Williamson.
The Pels build the right kind of team around him, as they surround Zion with players his age who hopefully have complementary skills.
They got rid of some of the cranky old veterans and replaced them with young wingers like Trey Murphy III and Naji Marshall, who should hopefully improve the Pelicans’ defense.
They also added Jonas Valanciunas and Devonte ‘Graham, players who should be better suited, although neither is a splash name.
But with rumors that Zion Williamson’s camp is not happy with the way things are going in New Orleans, the rumors will fly all season long, especially if things start out slow, with people wondering if the Pelicans have done enough to improve their roster.
It could cause David Griffin to take some risks, including swapping for a guy like Kristaps Porzingis.
Could New Orleans Pelicans trade for Kristaps Porzingis?
Porzingis has had an odd career and a lot has been written about his flaws, namely that he cannot stay healthy and has a huge contract that will earn him over $ 100 million over the next three seasons. .
There are also concerns in Dallas that he and Luka Doncic may not be a good candidate, so Dallas would be eager to listen to the business proposals if they can back out of Porzingis’ contract.
The Pelicans probably wouldn’t have to give up much more than the expiring agreements of Valanciunas and Tomas Satoransky to land Porzingis, which could be a valid risk, especially if Valanciunas doesn’t provide the spacing Zion Williamson needs to function.
Valanciunas could be traded next season anyway, as the Pels might not see him as part of the long-term plans given he will be an unrestricted free agent after next season and will likely command more than $ 20 million per person in his next contract.
Porzingis may have had a “down” season last year, but he still averaged over 20 points per game, nearly nine rebounds, 1.3 blocked shots and was a sniper. at 3 points for its size.
These are all qualities the Pelicans could use, but would it be worth the risk of picking up Porzingis’ injury history and contract?
I can’t see David Griffin making this move unless he’s desperate to add a name splashing around Zion and Brandon Ingram. If so, Porzingis is one to watch this season as he would be a perfect fit for the two Pels stars.