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Pelicans Create a Super-Team, Wolves Get Quality Floor Spacing For Ant, Hornets Help Present and Future, Mavs Add a Ball-Handler




+3 players ($34.3m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $461K
  • Terry Rozier
    Terry Rozier
    PG, 6' 1", 1.82 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler



  • Cody Martin


    Cody Martin
    SF, 6' 5", -0.29 LEBRON
    Recently Signed | Stationary Shooter



  • P.J. Washington
    P.J. Washington
    PF, 6' 7", 0.02 LEBRON
    Stretch Big



  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    via LAL
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    via LAL

+3  Wins

+53.69  MPG

-1.46  Off.

+0.18  Def.



+1 player ($33.8m),
Cap Impact + $2.0M
  • Karl-Anthony Towns


    Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, 6' 11", 2.84 LEBRON
    Recently Signed | Stretch Big




-2  Wins

+33.46  MPG

+1.11  Off.

-0.82  Def.



+5 players ($58.8m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact - $5.5M
  • Jonas Valanciunas
    Jonas Valanciunas
    C, 6' 11", 1.96 LEBRON
    Post Scorer



  • Davis Bertans
    Davis Bertans
    PF, 6' 10", -0.59 LEBRON
    Off Screen Shooter



  • Dwight Powell
    Dwight Powell
    C, 6' 10", 0.19 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big



  • Devonte' Graham
    Devonte' Graham
    PG, 6' 1", 0.57 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler



  • Dyson Daniels
    Dyson Daniels
    PG, 6' 8"



  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1


+1  Wins

-119.07  MPG

+1.11  Off.

+0.45  Def.



+1 player ($30.1m),
Cap Impact + $2.9M
  • Gordon Hayward
    Gordon Hayward
    SF, 6' 7", -0.97 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter




-2  Wins

-4.40  MPG

-0.76  Off.

+0.19  Def.

This trade can't happen until January 3rd because Karl-Anthony Towns signed an extension.

Charlotte Hornets x Minnesota Timberwolves x New Orleans Pelicans | Trade Explanation

If the situation in Minnesota becomes untenable, this could be the Wolves’ best chance at making the most out of a bad situation. After all, Edwards did say that he plays best with quality floor spacing. This deal brings in plenty of it. All of Rozier, Washington, and Martin are excellent shooters. Meanwhile, Rozier would be a quality secondary ball-handler and overall offensive option for the Wolves. This deal has them parting with the best player involved, but it does make them deeper. Finally, the Lakers picks they’re receiving here have the potential to be extremely valuable.

From the Hornets’ perspective, it’s hard to say whether this deal is about the present or the future. At the present, they do need an upgrade at the center position. Valanciunas provides one. He’ll be a good pick-and-roll partner alongside Ball, and he spaces the floor as well. Still, the future assets may be more enticing here. Dyson Daniels holds particular intrigue. He looks like the type of two-way playmaker with the versatility to play multiple positions that teams covet in 2022. Adding him alongside Ball should give the Hornets an even more potent offensive attack.

The Pelicans already look like dark horse contenders in 2022-23. With this deal, they’d officially be a super team. Imagine a starting lineup of Karl-Anthony Towns, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Herb Jones, and C.J. McCollum. You can’t double-team anyone, and yet, four out of their five starters would demand a double team.

Dallas Mavericks x Charlotte Hornets | Trade Explanation

The Mavs need to be on the quest for additional ball-handlers as the season goes along, as an injury to either Luka Dončić or Spencer Dinwiddie is going to sink this offense fast. Hayward shouldn't be that expensive. The 32-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and shot 39.1 percent from three last season, and he would give the Mavs another offensive weapon either in the starting lineup or second unit alongside Christian Wood. Getting off Bertāns' contract would be desirable as well.

For the Hornets, this trade shaves $14.5 million of salary off the books for next summer while adding two solid frontcourt pieces this year. Bertāns' floor-spacing next to LaMelo Ball is a plus while Powell can be a mentor to rookie Mark Williams at center.

The New Orleans Pelicans Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG CJ McCollum

SG Brandon Ingram

SF Herb Jones

PF Zion Williamson

C Karl-Anthony Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG D'Angelo Russell

SG Terry Rozier

SF Anthony Edwards

PF PJ Washington

C Rudy Gobert

The Minnesota Timberwolves Bench Rotation After The Trade

PG Jordan McLaughlin

SG Cody Martin

SF Jaden McDaniels

PF Kyle Anderson

C Naz Reid

The Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG LaMelo Ball

SG Devonte' Graham

SF Kelly Oubre Jr.

PF Jalen McDaniels

C Jonas Valanciunas

The Charlotte Hornets Bench Rotation After The Trade

(Dwight Powell - Reserve)

PG Dennis Smith Jr.

SG James Bouknight

SF Dyson Daniels

PF Davis Bertans

C Mason Plumlee

The Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Luka Doncic

SG Spencer Dinwiddie

SF Gordon Hayward

PF Dorian Finney-Smith

C Christian Wood