Los Angeles Receives: Solomon Hill, Omer Asik, Quincy Pondexter, 40th Overall Pick
New Orleans Receives: Luol Deng, Corey Brewer, Metta World Peace, 28th Overall Pick
Why Los Angeles Trades:
|Omer Asik||Timofey Mozgov||Ivica Zubac|
|Julius Randle||Larry Nance Jr.||Tarik Black|
|Brandon Ingram||Solomon Hill||Thomas Robinson?|
|D’Angelo Russell||Nick Young||Quincy Pondexter|
|Lonzo Ball||Jordan Clarkson||Tyler Ennis|
None of the players Los Angeles gives up in this deal fits into their long-term plans. Luol Deng was shut down last season to get their younger players playing time. Corey Brewer is 31, and he doesn’t have much long-term upside anymore. Metta World Peace is likely going to retire within the year.
The players Los Angeles receives can make a difference. Solomon Hill, an L.A. native, just turned 26, and can help the Lakers long term as a defensively sound wing. Omer Asik is almost going to be 31, but so is Timofey Mozgov, who still started last season, and Asik is a better rim protector. Quincy Pondexter hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2015 because of injury, but if he can recover, this trade is a great way to get an impactful shooter for a cheap price. With the 2nd Overall Pick, the 28th Overall Pick is relatively expendable, and the 2nd round pick Los Angeles receives back is only 12 selections back from the pick they give up.
Why New Orleans Trades:
|DeMarcus Cousins||Donatas Motiejunas||Alexis Ajinca|
|Anthony Davis||Dante Cunningham||Cheick Diallo|
|Luol Deng||Corey Brewer||28th Overall Pick|
|E’Twaun Moore||Jordan Crawford||Axel Toupane|
|Jrue Holiday||Tim Frazier||Quinn Cook|
New Orleans got great production from DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis last season. The rest of the team is another story. New Orleans failed to make the playoffs yet again after a terrible 2015-16 season. This trade gets the Pelicans some veterans now that the team can win with two elite NBA superstars in Davis and Cousins.
Deng has a lot of tread in his tires with 30,536 regular season and 2,427 playoffs minutes played, but the former two-time all-star Deng is a very smart basketball player who is only one year removed from playing an important role on the 2015-16 Miami Heat that went to 7 games with Toronto in the conference semifinals – and would have gone further if not for an injury to Hassan Whiteside.
Corey Brewer is a former champion, and he can play fast paced basketball that many Western Conference teams like to play. Brewer had a +4.1 plus/minus, and has great physical tools (6’9″, 186 lbs) for defense. The Pelicans also get a 1st round pick in this draft – something they gave away originally in the Cousins trade.