The New Orleans Pelicans are shipping Jonas Valanciunas to a center needy team and Graham to the Wolves to offset the loss of Russell.
The former lands in Brooklyn. Valanciunas used to be widely regarded as a traditional big man. He evolved. He’s spent the last two seasons establishing himself as a stretch five, shooting 36.8% and 36.1% from deep while upping his three-point volume from 0.9 to 2.1 attempts per game.
That’s significant for these Brooklyn Nets. They’ll be incorporating Ben Simmons into their attack in 2022-23. As a non-shooting ball-handler, he basically requires a shooting big man to be maximized.
Joe Harris was mostly injured over 2021-22, but he’s proven himself as one of the most lethal three-point threats in the NBA. He’s the type of player that fits into every lineup. The Timberwolves would love him.