Team to monitor for possible star trades with the Detroit Pistons

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Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts against the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Pelicans are a team for the Detroit Pistons to monitor

It’s far too early in the season to make much of the Pelicans’ 5-6 record, as they are one of the few teams in the NBA as ravaged by injuries as the Detroit Pistons.

The Pels aren’t off to a great start but they are hardly out of it, and when they get all of their guys back (if that ever happens) they could very well contend in the Western Conference.

But if they don’t, you can expect them to start exploring trade options for Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, as the star pairing has netted them next to nothing so far.

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Zion is already grumbling about “buying in” (shocker) and he and Ingram have both already missed games, though that didn’t stop them from beating Detroit.

If the Pelicans don’t start winning, there will come a point when David Griffin will have seen enough and start looking for ways to trade one of his stars and continue to build around the other.

Zion and BI have not proven to be a great fit together, as Ingram likes to work in the mid-range and Zion takes up a lot of space in the lane.

The Pelicans don’t currently have the floor spreaders to alleviate this problem and still don’t really have a lead guard to set them up.

I’d still bet against the Pelicans trading either of these guys, and think New Orleans will make a big run at some point, but if that doesn’t happen, the Detroit Pistons could be ready.