Last week, basketball world was shocked as we witnessed another season-ending injury, this time on the New Orleans Pelicans All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best players in the league right now.
Boogie was playing the best basketball of his career, posting averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 dimes and 1.6 blocks per game on 47% shooting, leading the Pelicans to the 5th seed in the fierce Western Conference.
Now, the Pelicans are once again left alone on an island and it looks like they just don’t stand a chance to make it to the NBA Finals, so the team’s front office desperately needs to pursue talent in order to keep momentum going.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 4 players that they should try and trade for, as well as 3 free agents that are playing overseas that could also help them go back on track and make the postseason.
7. Brandon Bass
Brandon Bass isn’t the most skilled big man you’ll find, but he’s a proven veteran that’s known for his productivity on limited minutes, and he could work as a defensive minded specialist and Jrue Holiday would simply take most of Cousins’ touches on offense alongside Anthony Davis, like in the old days.
6. Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams won’t have that kind of offensive versatility we were used to watch in Cousins, but he’s a hell of a rebounder and an athletic freak that could really help the team off the bench, and considering he’s keen to make an NBA comeback after playing overseas at China, he wouldn’t need much convincing.
5. Boris Diaw
The veteran big man is one of the smartest players we’ve seen in a lot of time and he definitely still has a lot left on the tank to provide for an NBA team. Diaw is a hell of a passer, a guy that can put the ball on the floor and stretch the team’s offense, and even though he’s not quite athletic, he’s a very good undersized rebounder that’s always able to gain and maintain position.
4. Kenneth Faried
It’s been a long time since Kenneth Faried was relevant and he’s only made 30 appearances this season with averages of 6.1 points and 4.8 boards on 14.9 minutes per game. He’s made it clear that he wants to start elsewhere and he’s pretty much a lock to be traded. Faried is an outstanding rebounder and has a high defensive ceiling, although his offensive game is pretty much unidimensional. Still, he’d be a great fit besides the unibrow.
3. Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe is a pretty skilled forward-center, at least offensive wise, although he’s going to be a huge defensive liability for most of the time. Still, he’s proven that he can be a 20-10 kind of guy night in and night out. Besides, he’s not seeing much playing time with the young Phoenix Suns, who’d be thrilled to trade him for a bag of chips considering he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent.
2. Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors’ career has pretty much stalled after a lot of nagging pains and injuries, and Rudy Gobert’s surge left him even worse considering he’s now the team’s go-to-guy in both ends of the paint. So, considering he’s determined to take his career back from the ashes on a contending team and he’s not going to resign with the Jazz, they need to trade him as soon as possible.
1. Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic has been one of the year’s biggest surprises, after all the rumors stating that he was done with the NBA and was heading back to Europe. The forward has been shooting lights out from everywhere on the floor and has been a very productive rebounder as well. He’s not the best example of consistency, but his cheap salary make him a very attractive asset to trade for, averaging 17.1 points and 6.4 rebounds on 42% from deep.