To quote former chess champion Emanuel Lasker, “When you see a good move, look for a better one.” That narrative could easily be used to describe the moves the New Orleans Pelicans made around the 2017-2018 NBA “trade deadline”. Early February according to bleacher report, the Pels were linked to names like Jahlil Okafor and Brook Lopez. Jahlil Okafor is a promising young back to the basket big man. Brook Lopez is a veteran 7-footer who can expand his game to the three point line as well as give you some defense. Both players were being debated among social media and other writers about who would be a “better fit”. In the end a curveball was thrown and the Pelicans with very little assets managed to get an all star who many consider to be the best big man in the NBA, “Boogie” Cousins.
Just to be specific, the trade was Sacramento sending Demarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi (who was injured in his first game with the Pels and is now released) to New Orleans for Buddy Hield, a top 3 protected 2017 first round pick from the Pels, Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans. Vlade Divac spoke with ESPN days after the trade and spoke of having a better offer “two days ago” before the trade. No one really knows what THAT deal would’ve been, but it doesn’t matter in the end.
I personally love the move as a Pelicans fan. Not only do we get another dominant big man, we manage to keep something that’s potentially special. That being our 2017 first round that’s top-3 protected. That protection on the pick is HUGE! The Pels are currently 3.0 games out of the 8th seed, chasing the Denver Nuggets. They’re also a few losses away from falling into the top 5 for the lottery. There is only one true option for the Pelicans to take in my opinion.
TANK TANK T-A-N-K! The Pelicans have a real chance of not only having a real big three, (considering Jrue resigns) but also adding a young “superstar” to the core. The fact that the Sacramento Kings could end up getting finessed this bad is absolutely hysterical. I see no point in rushing to the playoffs to play a Warriors team that’s on a mission and will more than likely sweep “Boogie and the Brow”. The smart move would be to let the dynamic duo get their numbers, while just adding up the losses. I doubt that would happen though the team is fiery and can play with anyone if fully focused, but it is fun to think about this team with a potential top 3 pick.
Nevertheless, whatever happens, it’s safe to say the future is bright for the Pels. Two all pro big men and a very solid point guard. Boogie has brought hope back to a team that hasn’t had any since maybe Jrue was traded for.
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