With Anthony Davis and the newly acquired Omer Asik holding down the paint, the New Orleans Pelicans are set in the frontcourt. It appears that because of this, the Pelicans could be interested in shopping Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers in some potential draft-day trades.
Earlier today, reports surfaced that the Pelicans had told the Los Angeles Clippers that Anderson was off limits for trades, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.
Anderson was expected to be a crucial part of New Orleans’ playoff hopes this season and started the year off strong, averaging 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from three-point range. However, he was only able to play 22 games due to the unstoppable injury bug that sidelined him and nearly half of New Orleans roster.
Anderson was the Pelicans’ second leading scorer this season, so although giving up Rivers doesn’t do much to hurt New Orleans depth, trading a valuable stretch-4 like Anderson is an interesting decision. Of course, this all depends on what the Pelicans are looking to get in return, but rest assured, this is just the first of many draft-day moves that will have us scratching our heads until the details become clearer.