Sheesh, where to start with some of this.....
Pels traded the #24 pick in a bad 2020 draft for Adam’s to be sure on that part.
For the love of god, I wish there was a way to broadcast that Bledsoe’s deal isn’t fully guaranteed. It’s a virtual expiring this summer.
Pelicans didn’t just trade 4 for 8 and 17. They traded 4 for 8, 17, 35, two cleveland seconds including this years high second, and they got out of the Solomon Hill deal.
Everyone knows that Jaxson, NAW and Kira have looked great right? I feel like there is a massive hole in this part of the discussion. Who says Darius Garland is better than NAW? I love Hunter, so don’t get me wrong. But he is 23. Jaxson is 20. Jaxson Hayes at 23 years old will be a completely different human being. But he has really come on this year. As were Naw and Kira before they both got hurt recently. If given the option, I take Hunter today. Just to be clear. I would not take Garland or the others.
In short, Griffin traded his two best players the past two offseasons for future draft picks. Shocker, they haven’t been world beaters afterwards. Bledsoe and Adam’s have not worked. But not for any of the reasons that people generally say. Realize that the Pelicans have been the league’s best offense for most of the time since Zion became point Zion.
Bledsoe has not played defense. I don’t know what to say about it. My assumption is his age has caught up to him already, because he can’t stay in front of anyone. And Adam’s also has not been a real rim protector. His rebounding has been top notch, and his screen setting has been important. But he has probably hurt the defense more than helped, and lately has forgotten how to catch the ball. Bledsoe will be used as a contract this offseason. Adam’s may be a bigger issue, though not crushing in my opinion.
Zion still has not completed a full season yet. Deep breaths here.
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