The New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks are reportedly having exploratory talks about a possible trade centered on Dwight Howard. The Pelicans eyed to improve their frontcourt by adding a “true center” to pair with Anthony Davis.
After trading Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Hawks are expected to trade other veterans like Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha. Some people believed that the Hawks already give up in contending for the title this season and plan to rebuild the team. However, the Hawks changed their mind and decided to stick with their current roster.
DWIGHT HOWARD TO PELICANS?
They managed to win eight of their last 10 games and currently in the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference. Still, NBA rumors continue to swirl around Atlanta. Zach Lowe of ESPN revealed that the Pelicans are inquiring about the availability of Dwight Howard via trade.
“In the days that followed, Atlanta and New Orleans had exploratory talks about possible Howard trades before the Hawks pulled everyone off the market, according to several league sources. It is unclear how interested New Orleans was, and there was not unanimous support within the team for acquiring Howard,” Lowe wrote.
As of now, Omer Asik serves as the Pelicans starting center. The 30-year-old Turkish center failed to provide the needed frontcourt boost in New Orleans. In 29 games, he only averaged 2.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.
This forced Anthony Davis to move at the center where the Pelicans noticed his effectiveness. However, battling against the toughest big men in the league could be too much for Davis since he’s the Pelicans main star.
Dwight Howard will undeniably be an upgrade over Asik, forming a formidable frontcourt with Davis. Howard continues to impress since he signed with the Hawks last summer. Unlike in Houston, Howard doesn’t demand a larger offensive role in Atlanta. In 37 games, he averaged 13.7 points and 13 rebounds.
As of now, there’s no strong indication that the Hawks are willing to part ways with Howard. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wants to have a free flowing offense where Howard isn’t fitted. However, the Pelicans need to upgrade their center if they want to enter the playoffs this season.