The Pelicans haven't had a non-draft acquisition this big since the Boogie Cousins trade. I wouldn't count the Anthony Davis trade because that was something that had to happen. With Boogie and now CJ, these trades were a shock when they happened. This trade is huge for the Pelicans for multiple reasons.
Zion was supposed to be ready for opening day and we are 7 games into the season and no Zion. Well during halftime of the Pelicans Suns game on TNT, Charles Barkley gave Zion Williamson some hard truths he needed to hear.
This summer for the Pelicans has been anything less than chaotic. From the firing of head coach Stan Van Gundy to losing Lonzo Ball to the David Griffin and Zion schism, and finally to the seemingly fine but weird media day from Zion life as a Pelicans fan has not been easy. One bright spot on this team has continuously been rookie and 17th pick Trey Murphy.
The New Orleans Pelicans start the offseason roster moves off with a bang! The Pelicans traded Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams, the 10th & 40th picks in the 2021 draft, and a protected 2022 first-round pick from the Lakers, for Jonas Valanciunas and the 17th and 51st picks of the 2021 Draft.