The New Orleans Pelicans just completed the biggest deal of the offseason so far, sending Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. While they got a great haul in return, including the addition of the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, they may not be done reshaping their roster just yet.
Pelicans executives have made it clear that they are open to the idea of dealing the No. 4 pick to add another star. Despite already having Jrue Holiday in their lineup and acquiring Josh Hart in the Davis trade, New Orleans may have their eyes set on a different shooting guard.
“One player league executives believe the Pelicans are monitoring in a potential trade is Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal, sources said,” @ShamsCharania writes.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) June 17, 2019
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The main issue with the Pelicans targeting a potential trade for Bradley Beal is that Wizards executives have made it clear they want to keep the All-Star in Washington.
Beal is under contract with the Wizards until 2021, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. However, if the Pelicans can manage to get a deal done that brings Beal to New Orleans, they could eventually be the ones to re-sign him.
Does this basically mean the asset-rich Pelicans can beat any Boston offers for Beal ? because say yes just say it— James Buckets (@_JimmyMcCormick) June 16, 2019
The Pelicans will have to offer Washington a substantial amount if they hope to land Beal (and topple the Celtics, led by Beal's St. Louis buddy Jayson Tatum). That may include dealing some of the assets they just acquired in the Davis trade, such as the No. 4 pick and even Lonzo Ball.
For the time being, all New Orleans can do is monitor a potential deal and hope that the Wizards change their mind about building around Beal. If the deal doesn't end up happening and Beal remains a Wizard, you can expect the Pelicans to start eyeing another star.