Pelicans and pistons could be ideal trading partners


The New Orleans Pelicans face the Detroit Pistons tonight at home at the Smoothie King Center, looking to break their two-game slide.

The Pistons are currently the worst team in the NBA and appear to be fighting again this season behind a very young team that has lost 10 straight games, even with No.1 pick Cade Cunningham.

Pelicans are also young but probably had higher expectations for the season, although those were dashed by Zion Williamson‘s fractured foot.

If the Pelicans still think Zion will be back and hope to save their season, the Pistons might have a guy who can help Jerami Grant.

He’s the 3-and-D type, third option the Pelicans could use, is on a value contract that only lasts next season, and is good enough to help the Pelicans win now while Zion is gone and Would fit in well with him once he returns.

They’re a team to watch out for, especially if the Pelicans can string together a few wins as they only have five games left to play and neither side between them and the 10th seed is good either.

Here is a profession that could work:

get pistons

Tomas satoranski

Jaxson hayes

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

2024 1st round pick (MIL)

Pelicans Get

Jerami grant

The Pistons might hate trading one of their only adult NBA players for younger players, but would likely consider this offer, as they’re the type of rebuilding team that could give Hayes and NAW time to develop.

Grant would give the Pelicans better defense and flexibility, as well as a guy who can get his own shot every now and then or get his bearings in the corners for 3 points. He would slip into the open space left by the exchange of those three players and not be detrimental to the cover sheet in the long run.

There is an argument for trying to move Hayes and NAW now to free up space for next season precisely so that they can afford a guy like Grant. But I also see the argument to be patient and not to give up on young players too early.

Pelicans vs. Pistons: upper / lower odds

According to WynnBET, the Pelicans are favorites at 5.5 points at home against the modest Pistons.

It really is the one the Pelicans need to win if they are to keep hope for a race later in the season. They can’t keep losing to bad teams.

The money lines are -220 for the Pelicans and +185 for the Pistons. Detroit will certainly work to end their long losing streak, but the Pelicans don’t want to be embarrassed at home by a team that has won four games. I love that the Pels win this one and stay under the combined score of 211.5.

How to watch

The game will air on Bally Sports New Orleans at 7:00 p.m. CT and you can listen to it on the radio on ESPN 100.3 FM.