2. 3-team blockbuster sees All-Stars trade places
The Pelicans are facing a crossroads season. They reached the playoffs in 2022 but failed to qualify last season. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have struggled to stay healthy, which has led to some disappointment in the Big Easy.
If the Pelicans fail to live up to expectations again, changes will be made. Could New Orleans decide to go in a different direction before the trade deadline? They have been searching for a center upgrade, which opens the door for a blockbuster.
KAT is an elite shooter at 6’11 and a literal cheat code on the floor. He certainly has more value than Brandon Ingram, but it may not be enough to get an additional first-rounder from the Pelicans. Minnesota also grabs Larry Nance Jr. to help round out the team’s rotation in this blockbuster.
Minnesota has no use for Jonas Valanciunas, so he gets shipped to Dallas, who is searching for a center upgrade. The Timberwolves have a scary win duo with Anthony Edwards and BI, and the move allows Rudy Gobert to lock down the center position. The Minnesota Timberwolves would certainly be contenders, but it may not be the best available move.