Pelicans Trade Market Index: Surplus Salaries

The NBA trade deadline is still two months away but the unofficial start to trade season has already passed. Over 70 free agents who signed with their teams in the offseason became eligible to be traded on December 15. A few more All-Star caliber options will be available in January. However, it would be surprising to see the New Orleans Pelicans rush into a swap this early in the season.

There were only four trades completed last January. New Orleans swung for the fences in a near-deadline deal for CJ McCollum and Larry Nance Jr. last year but they had to wait out the market. Still, the Pelicans needed to shake up the roster around Brandon Ingram in order to make a playoff run and the deal with the Portland Trail Blazers worked out fabulously.


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