The Pelicans may have won two straight, but there’s a belief within the organization that a talent upgrade is needed in order for the team to climb out of its early-season hole and make a legitimate run at earning a postseason spot.
New Orleans GM Dell Demps has admitted to looking into trade possibilities, but declined to name specific players the team may have been targeting. According to multiple reports (including this one from John Reid of NOLA.com), the Pelicans and Kings have had conversations on a deal centered around Rudy Gay.
The Pelicans have already had trade conversations with the Sacramento Kings, sources say. Last month, the Pelicans had discussions with the Phoenix Suns in a potential trade deal involving Markieff Morris in exchange for Ryan Anderson, but nothing materialized.
Sources say the Pelicans have interest in trying to acquire Kings forward Rudy Gay.
Ryan Anderson is the biggest asset the Pelicans have that they’d be willing to trade, mainly because he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and will command starter’s money on a long-term deal, even though New Orleans chooses to bring him off the bench.
Gay is a legitimate scorer who would certainly add a little something to the New Orleans offense. But it’s likely that the Pelicans will hold onto Anderson a little longer to see if any better offers materialize before the Feb. 18 trade deadline passes.