New Orleans and Milwaukee are expanding the Jrue Holiday trade to include more teams and players, including Steven Adams’ loss to the Pelicans, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal is an expansion of the Jrue Holiday swap to Milwaukee that was agreed to earlier in the week. It has grown into a four-team deal, and sources said it has many moving parts as teams work to finish it.
Adams, 27, is heading to New Orleans in exchange for a protected first-round pick and two future picks, according to sources. The Pelicans got a 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets on draft night for No. 24 overall pick RJ Hampton, sources said.
That pick was originally from Milwaukee and one of three first-round picks New Orleans received for Holiday.
Denver will divert the 2023 pick to Oklahoma City as part of the trade, and Oklahoma City will also receive two future second-round picks from New Orleans, sources said.
Under the original deal, Milwaukee would have sent New Orleans a package that included Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and three first-round picks (a 2020 first from Indiana and first unprotected in 2025 and 2027) in exchange for Holiday, they said. the sources. That version included a couple of first-round pick changes (in 2024 and 2026).
Additionally, the Pelicans reportedly returned the 60th pick in the 2020 draft, which was acquired in 2019 by Nikola Mirotic, to Milwaukee. For the trade to work, Cleveland would have removed the pick protection for 2022 first that Milwaukee owes it. The Cavaliers also would have received a future second-round pick from the Bucks.
Adams is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $ 27.58 million in 2020-21. At 6 feet 11 inches and 265 pounds, he provides the Pelicans with a great body to play center alongside Zion Williamson.
Adams averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds last season for Oklahoma City. As hard as Williamson was on the offensive glass last season, Adams adds more on that side of the court.
While Williamson finished 12th in offensive rebounding percentage (9.3%) among players who played at least 25 minutes per game last season, Adams was second (12.8%), behind only Andre Drummond (12.9 %).
Adams does not stretch the court alongside Williamson as he has a career triple, although that happened against New Orleans on February 13, 2020, at his new home at the Smoothie King Center. Adams, however, brings with him the fourth highest percentage of field goals (58.9%) in NBA history.