With the New Orleans Pelicans only two and a half games out of the NBA play-in tournament with a record of 19-32, the team is trying to make a push by adding veteran leadership to the roster by making deals for players like Harrison Barnes, Eric Gordon, or Robert Covington.
Michael Scotto of Hoopshype listed Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Jaxson Hayes being available for the right price, while Josh Hart’s cap-friendly contract brings interest from NBA teams.
“The New Orleans Pelicans appear to be buyers heading into the trade deadline and have expressed interest in trading for several players, including Harrison Barnes, Robert Covington, and Eric Gordon, league sources told HoopsHype. Rival executives also believe Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Jaxson Hayes are both available for the right upgrade as well.”
“According to multiple executives, the Pelicans are more willing to listen on moving Alexander-Walker than in the past. Josh Hart is also a player to keep an eye on, thanks to his team-friendly contract, which is non-guaranteed next season, as noted on our Pelicans salary page. Some teams have liked him from afar. One of those teams is Atlanta.”
Through 48 games this season, Alexander-Walker averages 12.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. In comparison, Hayes has worked his way into the rotation as the backup center behind Jonas Valanciunas, with averages of 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Both have guaranteed contracts through next season but could become restricted free agents if they decline their qualifying offers.