The Pelicans are unwilling to include Brandon Ingram in a trade offer for Nets star Kevin Durant, per Christian Clark of NOLA.com. The Pelicans were referred in several reports as a team capable of putting together a competent package for Durant.
The Pelicans would also be able to dip into their draft pick surplus from the Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday blockbusters to give the Nets the kind of future assets they’re seemed to be seeking.
New Orleans want to see Ingram and Zion Williamson playing together after the latter missed the whole 2021-22 season. Michael Scotto of HoopsHype previously reported in late July that the Pelicans had yet to put Ingram on the table in trade talks for Durant.
It seems they’re not going to do any blockbuster trade related moves. While it’s possible New Orleans will make some minor roster changes before opening night, Clark says not to expect any “earth-shattering” moves.
In any case, New Orleans is a long shot in Durant sweepstakes. The team will hope to move forward with the trio of Ingram, Zion and CJ McCollum and see if the team can make the next step after making the postseason via the play-in tournament last year.