New Orleans Pelicans: Is it time to blow it up and start the rebuild?

NBA New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NBA New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Now that Anthony Davis has requested a trade, is it time for the New Orleans Pelicans to blow it all up and start the rebuild?

The city of New Orleans has been through a lot in the last week or so. From the blown call in the NFC Championship Game, the Saints losing in overtime, and now the Brow. With Anthony Davis announcing through his agent that he will not sign an extension, what should the New Orleans Pelicans do?

I think New Orleans should blow the team up and start a massive rebuild.

The Pelicans started the season off on fire. New Orleans started off that first week of the season going 4-0 and had people looking at them as legit West contenders.

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Fast forward to the Pelicans current situation and it’s 180 degrees in the opposite direction. New Orleans now has to figure out if they want to trade their franchise player now, wait until this summer, or hold onto Anthony Davis until next seasons trade deadline.

The Pelicans need to rip the band-aid off and start over as soon as possible. Find the best deal available and take it. New Orleans can’t let this linger into next season at all. Either get what you can at the trade deadline in another week or so or wait for the Boston Celtics to enter the sweepstakes on July 1st.

Getting value for Anthony Davis is impossible, but the Pelicans should want to start over in the best possible position.

Obviously, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are being mentioned as possible landing spots. Rumors abound that the Lakers are the preferred destination.

Do the New Orleans Pelicans take combination of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and some picks? Do the Pelicans take a look at Boston’s roster and wait until they can talk with Celtics GM, Danny Ainge?

However, the bottom line is that the Pelicans have to go a different route to get competitive again.

This season is lost as it is. Currently, the New Orleans Pelicans sit in the 13th spot in the Western Conference. The Pelicans are not going to the playoffs. New Orleans should already have their mind on the 2019-20 NBA season.

New Orleans has had seven years to surround AD with talent. The best talent that Davis has enjoyed has been when Boogie Cousins and Jrue Holiday have been along side him. Cousins is enjoying life in Golden State and just having Holiday with Davis is simply not enough.

Part of this rebuild probably means that the Pelicans may look at trade scenarios with Jrue Holiday as well.

I know I would look at what I could get for Holiday.

Having Anthony Davis request is something that most people figured was coming. It should not come as some sort of shock. Davis doesn’t want to flounder away during his early prime in New Orleans. It is obvious that he does not think that the Pelicans will do what is necessary to make the Pelicans a contender in the West.

Being a small market creates issues that a team like the Celtics or the Lakers don’t really have to deal with. This is one of those issues.

Moving forward for New Orleans I would be looking to make Julius Randle the focal point. The Pelicans should also be looking for a plethora of draft picks from whomever they do business with.

As I stated before, putting Jrue Holiday on the trade block should be an easy call. Holiday certainly could fetch good draft picks.

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Everybody on the roster, besides Julius Randle should up for grabs as we creep towards the trade deadline.

Anthony Davis is one of those special talents that comes around very seldom. It did not work out with the Pelicans and Davis. New Orleans needs to do what is right for them and move on.