NBA Rumors: Pelicans Could Acquire Collin Sexton For Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart & Draft Picks In New Trade Idea

Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball during a game against the Boston Celtics.
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers have spent the past few seasons trying to rebuild their respective rosters around young stars. However, both clubs appear to be at risk of yet another early exit as they continue to find the right mix of players to return to the postseason.

As suggested in a new trade idea, the Cavaliers and Pelicans might benefit from a deal that would send third-year guard Collin Sexton to New Orleans in exchange for a package centered on Lonzo Ball.

Cavaliers Could Be Sellers Before Trade Deadline

In recent weeks, reports have documented how the Cavaliers are planning to continue their rebuild ahead of the March 25 trade deadline. Most of these have focused on center Andre Drummond, who was deactivated prior to the All-Star break in order for the Cavs to properly seek a possible trade partner or negotiate a contract buyout.

Although there’s a good chance Drummond will find a new home ahead of the deadline, NBA Analysis Network proposed that Cleveland could make an “even bigger splash” by parting ways with Sexton.

The Proposed Trade

As recommended by the outlet, the Pelicans could take advantage of Sexton’s hypothetical availability by acquiring him and Taurean Prince for a package featuring Ball, Josh Hart, two 2021 first-round picks, and a 2024 first-rounder. 

Now in his third year after getting selected eighth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton is averaging a career-high 23.6 points and 4.2 assists along with 2.5 rebounds per game according to his Basketball-Reference page, He is also shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Sexton Could Form Big Three With Williamson & Ingram

Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson's shot.
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Explaining how the Pelicans could benefit from the trade idea, NBA Analysis Network wrote that Sexton could “speed up” the rebuilding process that started when New Orleans sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2019. 

If the deal pushes forward, it would allow the former Alabama Crimson Tide guard to form a “big three” with the Pelicans’ two star forwards, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

“New Orleans has been trying to get younger and this would accomplish that goal.," the outlet wrote. "It would also land them a difference-maker on the floor at the most important position on the floor.”

Ball & Hart Could Contribute Immediately If Traded To Cleveland

New Orleans Pelicans players Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and Brandon Ingram look on during a game.
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As speculated by the publication, the Cavaliers could logically agree to the trade idea if they want to “land the biggest return.” This would allow Ball and Hart to join a young core that, without Sexton, would be led by point guard Darius Garland, rookie wingman Isaac Okoro, and center Jarrett Allen.

Aside from the strong possibility that Ball and Hart would immediately contribute for the Cavaliers, the site added that the hypothetical transaction would likely be even harder to turn down because of the three first-round picks included in the offer.