Including the name change and the notable draft day trade they made for Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans have engaged in plenty of moves this offseason and they made another big one on Thursday.
According to ESPN.com, the Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings have agreed to a three-team trade that will send Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, Greivis Vasquez to the Kings and Robin Lopez to the Blazers. As with all deals agreed to before July 10, it won’t be made official until then.
To sweeten the deal, the Blazers sent second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and two future second-round picks to Sacramento, acquiring guard Terrel Harris from the Pelicans in the process. Here’s a breakdown of the complete deal:
|New Orleans Pelicans Get|
|Tyreke Evans, PG|
|Jeff Withey, C|
|Sacramento Kings Get|
|Greivis Vasquez, PG|
|Two second-round picks|
|Portland Trail Blazers Get|
|Robin Lopez, C|
|Terrel Harris, SG|
With a young revamped roster that now includes Holiday and Evans to add to existing pieces Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, the Pelicans suddenly look like a competitive and fairly intimidating squad out West. However, in welcoming their new additions, they’ll have to shed some cap space, so we could see more trades involving the Pelicans in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the Blazers get a capable big man in Lopez – which they desperately needed – and the Kings pick up a solid guard in Vasquez, plus two valuable picks. Kings fans certainly won’t be happy to lose Evans, who was blossoming into a young star in Sacramento, but we’ll see if they plan to use the new cap space to go after another big name free agent.
What do you think of the trade? Who came out on top? Let us know in the comments section and in our 2013 offseason trades forum thread!