The commercial deadline of the NBA is less than two months away and the New Orleans pelicans could try to shake their list after a disappointing 7-22 season start. Of course, a trade could be a bit hasty considering that it remains to be seen how Zion Williamson fits the pieces of the roster, but it is quite possible.
If the pelicans decide to make some big moves at the commercial deadline, Brian Windhorst of ESPN he said he had the impression that New Orleans would trade Ball if the right offer came.
"I think it would be available," Windhorst said in the latest Hoop Collective podcast.
This Windhorst report follows the report Marc Stein of the New York Times Tuesday, which stated that the pelicans consider Brandon Ingram and Williamson as the only untouchable pieces on the roster. Also, at the moment they are not trying to move JJ Redick, although his short-term contract could allow them to get a choice in the first round.
This does not mean that the pelicans are running out of Ball or Jrue Holiday – so the team is reportedly listening to the offers – but suggests that New Orleans is dedicated to building Ingram and Williamson, and anyone who doesn't make it fit to them it is replaceable. So far, Ball and Holiday have done nothing to suggest that they are irreplaceable, at least not this season.
We hope Williamson brings the best of Ball and Holiday when he returns. Otherwise, the point's guard position may appear drastically different for pelicans already this season.