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The Brow “Wishes To Fly”…and He Requested a Trade

I woke up a couple days ago to a Woj bomb unlike any other. While I expected it to drop in the near future (if not before the deadline, then in the summer), I did not expect it to happen this far away from not only the All-Star break and trade deadline, but coming off the heels of him announcing that he is injured. While I am sure all teams will take their due diligence and factor in the injury history surrounding AD (which I highly doubt lol), it is time to begin looking at where he will be landing.

I will be doing every team, but not a huge exposition for every single one. For instance, a team like the Hawks or Magic realistically cannot offer an enticing enough package (lol) for the Pels to even look at, but they will be discussed. The Celtics, on the other hand, can’t even offer the Pels a package because of Kyrie’s contract, so they will a smaller note about them. I will be operating under the assumption that they will be making this trade before the trade deadline occurs. While I believe that the Pels will hold out until the summer so the Celts can open their treasure chest, this is the time period where every other team can unleash their “Holy Sh*t” packages (lol) on the Pels and maybe convince them that their package is the best (lol).

DISCLAIMER – I feel that Solomon Hill and Nikola Mirotic are essentially the same player, but that the Pelicans are more willing to move on from Hill over Mirotic. I will change up who is in what trade, but you should view the both of them as the same contract in terms of availability.

But moving on, let’s see what we can come up with…

Atlanta Hawks

Hawks Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.3 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – SG/SF Kent Bazemore (2 yrs/$18 mil per), SF/PF Tauran Prince (2 yrs/$2.5 mil per), PF/C John Collins (3 yrs/$2.3 mil per), SG Kevin Heurter (4 yrs/$2.25 mil per) + 2 heavily protected first round draft picks

Big trade right? Yeah, exactly what I thought when trying to make the money match and the players match. I highly doubt the Pels take this trade, even though it would give them a plethora of young talent to build around, since it would only raise their floor in the interim. It is a trade I would consider making though, and could use it as a counter argument to teams offering less than expected on a trade. Pels can easily say, “A team is offering us 2 starters, 2 more players that can start for us, and two first round picks. Do better if you want our attention.”

Good though, but I doubt that the Pels agree.

Boston Celtics

Cannot make an offer before the trade deadline. Out of the race currently.

Brooklyn Nets

Nets Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SG/SF Darius Miller (1 yr/$2.2 mil)
Pelicans Receive – SF/PF DeMarre Carroll (1 yr/$15.4 mil), SG/SF Joe Harris (2 yrs/$8.3 mil), PF/C Ed Davis (1 yr/$4.4 mil) + two heavily protected first round draft picks

This is intriguing for me because the Pels can treat this as a salary dump essentially, receive draft compensation, AND get a better SF than anyone on their roster. They will have roughly $20 mil to play with in the FA, and pick up a bunch of depth they desperately need to bolster their team for next season. However, this is a not so rebuild friendly approach, but more of a reload approach. I also wouldn’t take this deal if I was the Pels, and maybe would prefer another good player (like SG Caris Lavert) included in the deal. Maybe you could off-load another minimum player or two to match players.

All in all, wouldn’t take.

Charolette Hornets

Pelicans Receive – PG Kemba Walker (1 yr/$12 mil), SG/SF Jeremy Lamb (1 yr/$7.5 mil), SF/PF Michael Kidd-Gilchrest (0 yr/$13 mil = ends this year), PF/C Frank Kaminsky (1 yr/$3.6 mil), PF/C Willy Hernangomez (2 yrs/$1.5 mil) + first round draft pick lightly protected
Hornets Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), C Jahlil Okafor (2 yrs/$1.6 mil), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil)

This is another reload over rebuild move the Pels could go for. The bench for the Pels not only gets a major upgrade, but also get players that can actually play positions of necessity they need. They can also offload a couple contract albatrosses, and can even have an absolutely LOADED backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Kemba. Gets me salivating thinking about that. However, I wouldn’t take it if I was the Pels. There are better offers down the road.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have no one the Pelicans want, and the only valuable thing they possess is their draft picks, which they should not part with under any circumstances.

Cleveland Cavaliers

See the logic for the Bulls lol. Cavs suck.

Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil)
Pelicans Receive – SF/PF Harrison Barnes (1 yr/$24.1 mil + extra 1 yr player option), SG/SF Wes Matthews (0 yr/$18.6 mil = ends this year), PG Dennis Smith, Jr. (3 yrs/$3.8 mil per), PF/C Maxi Kleber (1 yr/$1.4 mil) + two heavily protected first round picks

This trade has intrigued me greatly. I have thought of and loved the idea of a Luka-AD combo. With Jordan’s and others nearly $36.5 mil coming off the books post trade, they could (and should) be considered a huge FA target this offseason, maybe even for a certain 6’11” offensive-minded SF or a certain 6’9″ defensive-minded SF. Mavs get off bad money (to them), and can wipe off another $12.25 million to add to their nearly $36.5 mil free for this FA (my oh my $48.75 million). This is also good for the Pels since they get great players that will gladly want to stay in a small market, and they get a young PG that they can control and use heavily. Kleber is a diamond in the rough, and the picks will be appreciated. I would definitely consider this if I was the Pels.

Denver Nuggets

Nuggets Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), SF Wesley Johnson (1 yr/$6.1 mil)
Pelicans Receive – PF/C Paul Millsap (0 yr/$29.2 mil = ends this year), SG Gary Harris (4 yrs/$16.5 mil per), PF/C Tyler Lydon (1 yr/$1.9 mil), PG Isaiah Thomas (1 yr/$1.5 mil) + a lightly protected first round pick

Jeez-sus Christ. This is one of the best trades that the Pels will get offered. They get an amazing replacement for AD, an amazing young SG to pair with Jrue, and a backup PG. While the pick may not be good, it is still a good pick. They also get off Hill and Johnson. Nuggets, on the other hand, become the most unstoppable team in the NBA. They will be amazing; a starting lineup of Murray, Barton, Craig/Hernangomez, Davis, and Jokic? Unfair.

This trade is definitely underneath a “keep in mind” tab.

Detroit Pistons

I cannot think of a way or reason the Pelicans would take a Drummond and picks for AD trade. Even if they could move off of every bad contract. Why? Well, the Pistons aren’t good in terms of assets (outside of Blake Griffin), so there is that. Skip over this team.

Golden State Warriors

They are all up their own a**es of how good they are, but I realistically cannot make a trade happen due to the Warriors being so much in the red player salary wise. Even though I am sure they would gladly trade anyone besides two people on their team for AD, I don’t think they can get it done.

Houston Rockets

Again, see the Warriors. I do not think they have the cap flexibility to do it, and it seems like their owner wishes to not spend at all on winning by evidence of how the team has been this year (and how Daryl Morey has done the best to get them underneath the tax line)

Indiana Pacers

Pacers are out of contention with the Oladipo injury. They won’t make a play for him since they like where they are at doing things “the Pacer way.” While a Myles Turner, AD, and Dipo pairing would be filthy and block everything under the sun, I don’t think they can realistically spend enough that the Pels want to still be good after acquiring AD.

Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil)
Pelicans Receive – C Marcin Gortat (1 yr/$13.6 mil), SG Avery Bradley (2 yrs/$12 mil per), PG Milos Teodosic (1 yr/$6.3 mil), PF Mike Scott (1 yr/$4.3 mil), SG Jerome Robinson (4 yrs/$3 mil per) + two lightly protected draft picks

The Clippers should make this offer. They can offload people that don’t play for them, get AD, and make themselves the best destination in LA for Kawhi. I consider this a so-so offer to the Pels, but the picks are worth considering. The get a good backup PG, a good defensive SG, a starting C, another PF that can shoot, and a good young talent in Robinson. Again, I would definitely consider this if I was the Pels.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil), SF Darius Miller (2 yrs/$2.2 mil per), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1 yr/$12 mil), PG Lonzo Ball (3 yrs/$7.5 mil per), SF/PF Brandon Ingram (2 yrs/$5.8 mil per), SG Josh Hart (3 yrs/$1.7 mil per), C Ivica Zubac (1 yr/$1.5 mil) + two lightly protected (or no protection) first round draft picks AT A MINIMUM

OR

Lakers Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil), C Jahlil Okafor (2 yrs/$1.6 mil per), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1 yr/$12 mil), PG Rajon Rondo (1 yr/$9 mil), PG Lonzo Ball (3 yrs/$7.5 mil per), SF/PF Brandon Ingram (2 yrs/$5.8 mil per), SF/PF Michael Beasley (1 yr/$3.5 mil), SG Josh Hart (3 yrs/$1.7 mil per), C Ivica Zubac (1 yr/$1.5 mil) + two lightly protected (or no protection) first round draft picks AT A MINIMUM

OR

Lakers Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil), C Jahlil Okafor (2 yrs/$1.6 mil per), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – PF Kyle Kuzma (3 yrs/$1.7 mil per), PG Rajon Rondo (1 yr/$9 mil), PG Lonzo Ball (3 yrs/$7.5 mil per), SF/PF Brandon Ingram (2 yrs/$5.8 mil per), SF/PF Michael Beasley (1 yr/$3.5 mil), SG Josh Hart (3 yrs/$1.7 mil per), C Ivica Zubac (1 yr/$1.5 mil) + two lightly protected (or no protection) first round draft picks AT A MINIMUM

I am not the only one that believes the Lakers would gladly trade anyone and anything if it means getting Anthony Davis for LeBron. Magic Johnson would literally trade himself if he could. I put out both trades because one is with Solomon Hill, and one is without. I completely believe that the trade will include Solomon Hill, but reports are coming out that this is a “blockbuster of a trade” and “a complete shakedown”. The Solomon Hill trade also gives the Lakers a roster spot to sign Carmelo(l) Anthony, so…yeah. Expect the third trade to occur since that will give them the Melo spot AND open up more money in the offseason for them to pursue another star like Kemba, KD, Kawhi, or…Kyrie? Oh well, I fully expect the Lakers to be the best offer in terms of the sheer amount of assets.

Memphis Grizzlies

I cannot see a world where the Pelicans would take Conley or Gasol for AD. Maybe if they wanted to wipe money off the books (like trade Gasol, then Gasol declines his player option) it could possibly happen. I don’t expect it at all.

Miami Heat

I don’t think that they are in any position to trade. While they can offer a lot of salary matching players to the Pels, they have no draft picks. The Pels want draft picks completely.

Milwaukee Bucks

Bucks Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – PG Eric Bledsoe (1 yr/$15 mil), SG/SF Tony Snell (3 yrs/$10.6 mil per), PF Ersan Ilyasova (3 yrs/$7 mil per), PF/C Thon Maker (2 yrs/$2.8 mil per) + two (or three) lightly protected first round draft picks

When I first started this, I could not see Bucks having the ability to make this trade, even though an AD-Giannis lineup is scary to imagine. Turns out, the Bucks like the idea of AD and Giannis together as much as I do. Snell and Ilyasova are good role players, and Thon Maker wants out. Bledsoe and Holiday would be a scary backcourt pairing as well. Talks are swirling that the Bucks and (soon to be mentioned) Raptors are in a bidding war for AD currently, so let’s see what happens.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Currently in the process of a rebuild. Doubt they can or will make an offer since they would more than likely have to trade away their precious over-rated Andrew Wiggins.

New Orleans Pelicans

They wish they could keep him, but…well, here we are now lol.

New York Knicks

Knicks Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), SG E’Twuan Moore (1 yr/$8.8 mil)
Pelicans Receive – C Enes Kanter (1 yr/$18.6 mil), SG Courtney Lee (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PG Frank Ntilikina (3 yrs/$4.2 mil per), SF/PF Kevin Knox (4 yrs/$3.7 mil per), SG/SF Tim Hardaway, Jr. (3 yrs/$17.3 mil per) + three lightly protected first round draft picks

OR

Knicks Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil)
Pelicans Receive – PF/C Kristaps Porzingis (1 yr/$5.7 mil per + RFA rights), SG Courtney Lee (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), SG/SF Tim Hardaway, Jr. (3 yrs/$17.3 mil per) + two lightly protected first round picks

The Knicks want to get rid of Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. The Pelicans want draft picks and young players, and to move on from bad money. This is more of a mutual dump/trade than I thought it would, BUT we have the Porzin-God and Brow on the same team, so God save the East. Probably wouldn’t take though since I am not the biggest fan of Ntilikina and Knox as young player assets. The second one is a great thought to consider. I would certainly take it if I was the Pels. That may be the best offer they get.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per), PF/C Cheick Diallo (1 yr/$1.5 mil)
Pelicans Receive – C Steven Adams (3 yrs/$24.2 mil per), SG/SF Andre Roberson (2 yrs/$10 mil per), PF Patrick Patterson (2 yrs/$5.5 mil per) + two lightly protected first round draft picks

This is an intriguing trade that I may consider taking if I was the Pelicans. While Paul George is ascending, Russell Westbrook is declining. They get off of Solomon Hill, and pick up three great roleplayers that they desperately need. Picks always help. I would keep in my back-pocket if I were the Pels.

Orlando Magic

Magic Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Solomon Hill (2 yrs/$12.25 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – SG Evan Fournier (3 yrs/$17 mil per), C Nikola Vucevic (1 yr/$12.75 mil), SG/SF Jonathan Simmons (2 yrs/$6 mil per), SF/PF/C Jonathan Isaac (3 yrs/$5 mil per) + one lightly protected first round draft pick

This is more of a young asset trade that I would 100% consider if I was the Pelicans. They can flip some of the players in the offseason (looking at Fournier and Simmons), and can undoubtedly resign Vucevic in the offseason if he wishes. I kind of talked myself into this, so I would think highly about this if I was the Pels.

Philadelphia 76ers

I cannot think where this works in a trade sense with the Pels unfortunately. The 76ers have little (if any) wiggle room in terms of cap, and I have no faith in them willing to give up the assets to acquire AD. They would probably have to give up Ben Simmons, and I doubt they want to do that. They made their All-Star trade for Jimmy Butler, and I expect to keep their heads cool now.

Phoenix Suns

Pelicans Receive – SF/PF TJ Warren (4 yrs/$11.75 mil per), C Deandre Ayton (4 yrs/$8.2 mil per), SF/PF Josh Jackson (3 yrs/$6 mil per)
Suns Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF Darius Miller (1 yr/$2.2 mil) + two lightly protected first round draft picks

If I was the Pels and I got this offer, I’d take it. While I do not believe in Josh Jackson or Deandre Ayton as players at all, you get an amazing young asset pool. They give Jrue a young core to be with, and they also can look to improve with those picks. Suns get another star around D Book, and become a place to go to. Now, are the Suns smart enough to offer this? Hell no.

Portland Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil), SG E’Twuan Moore (2 yrs/$8.8 mil per), PF/C Julius Randle (2 yrs/$8.6 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – SG CJ McCollum (3 yrs/$25.8 mil per), SG/SF Evan Turner (2 yrs/$17.9 mil per), C Jusuf Nurkic (4 yrs/$11.1 mil per), SG Anfernee Simons (4 yrs/$1.8 mil per) + two lightly protected first round draft picks

I have put a lot of thought into this, and I think the Pelicans and Blazers would both accept. I do not think that the Blazers would offer it since they like CJ and the team chemistry they possess a lot. Very intriguing trade to consider though.

Sacramento Kings

Kings Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil), PG/SG Frank Jackson (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per)
Pelicans Receive – PF Zach Randolph (1 yr/$11.7 mil), SG Iman Shumpert (1 yr/$11 mil), C Kosta Koufos (1 yr/$8.7 mil), C Willie Cauley-Stein (1 yr/$4.7 mil + RFA rights), PG Frank Mason, III (2 yrs/$1.4 mil per) + one lightly protected first round draft pick

I do not think that the Pels would take this, but it is an intriguing offer. The four players the Pels want the most (Fox, Hield, Bogdanovic, and Bagley) are off the table. The pick and WCS are nice to consider. I do not know if they really want to take on over $20 mil in dead salary, just like I do not know if the Kings are willing to give up that much since they have lofty FA plans. I’d keep it in my back pocket though.

San Antonio Spurs

Spurs never trade during season. So no point in including them.

Toronto Raptors

Raptors Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF Darius Miller (1 yr/$2.2 mil), SG Ian Clark (1 yr/$1.5 mil)
Pelicans Receive – C Jonas Valanciunas (2 yrs/$16.5 mil per), SF CJ Miles (2 yrs/$8.3 mil per), SF OG Anunoby (3 yrs/$2 mil), SG Malachi Richardson (1 yr/$1.6 mil) + two lightly protected first round picks

I have heard that Pascal Siakam on the Raptors will be included as well, but I could not bear the thought of the Raptors going all in with OG and Pascal with Kawhi’s uncertainty. I don’t expect them to pull the trigger solely because of that reason.

Utah Jazz

Jazz Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil), SF Wesley Johnson (1 yr/$6.1 mil)
Pelicans Receive – C Rudy Gobert (3 yrs/$23.2 mil per), PF Derrick Favors (2 yrs/$16.9 mil per), SG Grayson Allen (4 yrs/$2.1 mil per) + two lightly protected first round draft picks

This is an intriguing path that the Jazz would go down. I would hope they would do it. I do not think they would, just like the Pels would not consider this the best offer they would receive.

Washington Wizards

Wizards Receive – PF/C Anthony Davis (3 yrs/$25.4 mil per), SF/PF Nikola Mirotic (1 yr/$12.5 mil)
Pelicans Receive – SF Otto Porter, Jr. (3 yrs/$26 mil per), C Ian Mahinmi (2 yrs/$15.9 mil per) + two lightly protected first round draft picks

I do not think at all that the Wiz or Pels will be making this trade, but it is an intriguing prospect. Doubtful though.

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