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Pelicans and Zion don't believe in each other and split up: an interesting scenario


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Pelicans

Pelicans

+2 players ($22.5m) +5 picks,
Cap Impact - $4.6M
  • Buddy Hield
    Buddy Hield
    SG, 6' 4", 0.31 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $22.4M

    3yrs

    26
  • Davion Mitchell
    Davion Mitchell
    PG, 6' 2"

    $4.6M

    4yrs

    26
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    More Favorable Protected
    9
  • draft-pick-player

    2025 - Round 1

    More Favorable Protected
    9
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via DET
    21
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via PHX
    21
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    26

-9  Wins

-85.91  MPG

-2.98  Off.

-0.55  Def.

Thunder

Thunder

+1 pick
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    9

+ 0  Wins

+ 0  MPG

+ 0  Off.

+ 0  Def.

Kings

Kings

+3 players ($43.2m),
Cap Impact + $4.8M
  • Devonte' Graham
    Devonte' Graham
    PG, 6' 1", 0.73 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $11.0M

    4yrs

    19
  • Kelly Olynyk

    RS

    Kelly Olynyk
    C, 6' 11", 2.24 LEBRON
    Recently Signed, Stretch Big

    $12.1M

    3yrs

    9
  • Jerami Grant
    Jerami Grant
    PF, 6' 8", 0.2 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $20.0M

    2yrs

    9

+7  Wins

+92.56  MPG

+0.60  Off.

+2.59  Def.

Pistons

Pistons

+3 players ($32.0m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $152K
  • Marvin Bagley III

    TO

    Marvin Bagley III
    PF, 6' 11", -0.33 LEBRON
    Team Option, Roll + Cut Big

    $11.3M

    1yr

    26
  • Zion Williamson

    TO

    Zion Williamson
    PF, 6' 6", 3.78 LEBRON
    Team Option, Slasher

    $10.7M

    2yrs

    19
  • Tomas Satoransky
    Tomas Satoransky
    SG, 6' 7", -0.66 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $10.0M

    1yr

    19
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    Least Favorable Protected
    19
  • draft-pick-player

    2025 - Round 1

    Least Favorable Protected
    19

+2  Wins

+19.21  MPG

+2.38  Off.

-2.04  Def.

WHY THUNDER DO IT:

Their Detroit pick is pretected 1-16 in 2022, 1-18 in 2023, 1-18 in 2024, 1-13 in 2025, 1-11 in 2026 and 1-9 in 2027.

With the new deal they get 2024 UNPROTECTED Pistons pick for Suns' late first

WHY KINGS DO IT:

Bagley, Hield, Mitchell and a pick for Grant and Graham and Olynyk.

Starting 5: Fox, Haliburton, Barnes, Grant, Holmes + 6-7th men Graham, Olynyk.

WHY PISTONS DO IT:

They bet on the dream duo: Cade + Zion. They also try the Bagley bet. They pay with 1 high lottery pick, a 2024 pick, 2 swaps, Grant and Olynyk.

WHY PELICANS DO IT:

They are sure to get Paolo/Chet (and more if they will be lucky and won't need a trade up): they have their own pick, Pistons pick, Kings pick, Suns pick.

2022-23 Starting 5: Mitchell, Hield, Ingram, Paolo/Chet, Valanciunas

The question is: are Chet/Paolo + Mitchell + Suns pick and swaps worth Zion (who's often injured or out of shape)?


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