Does This Trade Make Sense For The Pelicans?
If the Pelicans can make this trade happen, there is no reason why they should not be in the playoffs next season. Not only would they free up the necessary cap space that they need to re-sign Lonzo Ball, but Kyle Anderson and Jonas Valanciunas would make a huge difference compared to the likes of both Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams.
Not to mention, both Valanciunas and Anderson are both better two-way players than Adams and Bledsoe. This trade is a major upgrade for the Pelicans and gives them everything that they need this offseason to turn themselves into a contender in the Western Conference.
With Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson commanding the forward positions for the Pelicans, Kyle Anderson would likely move to a “Sixth Man” role with the Pelicans, a role that he could thrive in given his tendencies.
Not only is he a threat to score with the ball in his hands, but Anderson is a really solid overall talent, being able to rebound, pass and be a reliable perimeter defender on the wing. Everything about this deal is a win for the Pelicans and while they would have to give up a first-round pick this year, they would be getting a ton of immediate value to help them make the playoffs.
Valanciunas would be a rebounding machine and could score well when needed as well. If the Pelicans want to surround Williamson with the talent to compete in the West, this trade could be a great start.