Yeah if I'm trading for the #1 pick, I would have a hard time trading it away. Zion's fit with Butler and Embiid is questionable at best, but still.SixthStreet wrote:It would probably take another asset to get the Pelicans to think about it. Simmons/Zhaire might get there.
We get to kick the Simmons max contract down the road a couple years and have a little bit more wiggle room to pay a PG in free agency because long term dollars come off the cap on Simmons' extension (although not next years cap).
This obviously only happens if it gets AD to commit to the supermax.
I'd take Zion with the pick though. Not trade it for Beal.
Now, if it's a 3 way trade that sends Ben to NOP, #1 pick somewhere else (which NOP should not do this), and a package of something like Devin Booker, Bridges, and a pick to Philly, then I may be more intrigued because of Booker and Bridges obvious fit with Butler and Embiid.
You could even run PG Booker and PG Butler almost all game, and simply use an off ball player to defend other PGs (Zhaire or sign Beverley/Joseph).
Also allows us to resign Harris and Jimmy, right??