Western Notes: Trades, Ball, Warriors, Mavs, Leonard

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The Pelicans are listening to trade offers for Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. New Orleans is willing to include either player in trade talks and rival executives around the league believe the franchise will be one of the biggest movers and shakers at this year’s trade deadline.

The development of both Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr. is motivating the franchise to make a deal. Charania writes that NAW has some fans in the front office that would like to see him on the floor more.

David Griffin spoke on the importance of waiting for the right opportunity to cash in the team’s draft stock earlier in the week and with the team sitting at 5-10, it appears that this won’t be the year that he goes “all-in” to surround Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram with another top player in the hopes of seriously competing in the West.

More from the Western Conference

  • The Pelicans and Warriors briefly discussed a trade that would send Kelly Oubre to New Orleans, per Charania (same piece). It’s not clear which player(s) would have moved to Golden State in such an arrangement.
  • The Mavericks are expected to see several players return from the league’s health and safety protocols before their contest on Wednesday. Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell are all expected to be cleared after weeks of quaratining, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News relays.
  • ICYMI: The Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the next few games as both players are in the COVID-19 protocol. It’s not clear when the duo will be back for Los Angeles.

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