The Pelicans are very interested in getting Scoot Henderson, who will likely be the number two overall pick by the Hornets. It is understood that it would take a star to be offered for Charlotte to consider giving up the potentially franchise player.
Zion Williamson is the prime candidate to be included in such trade. However, NBA insider Shams Charania has reported that New Orleans is actually interested in Brandon Ingram. Interestingly, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony is convinced that the Pelicans will not move neither Williamson, nor Ingram.
While it remains to be seen if Zion is made available for a trade by the Pels, one thing appears clear – his relationship with the organization is in a bad place as reported by NBA insider Brian Windhorst.
“The Zion Williamson thing is there. At the very least, it is very clear that the Pelicans’ thought on Zion Williamson’s future with the team is evolving,” Windhorst said, via HoopsHype. “That’s putting it mildly. There is no relationship between Zion and the organization. And minimal relationship between Zion and his teammates, from what I understand.
“It’s surprising to me how out there it is in the league that the Pelicans are discussing Zion business. I want to be very careful about the word ‘offer’ because that word is a dangerous word. I’m not sure the Pelicans have ‘offered’ Zion to anybody, but every day that passes over the past five or six days, I hear different discussions the Pelicans have had that implies they are going to make Zion available. Him or Brandon Ingram. I wouldn’t rule out anything I guess, but the events of the last six months with Zion are what they are.”
This past season Williamson averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33 minutes over 29 games.