Sources have told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the New Orleans Pelicans are sending Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe and two future first-round picks to the Memphis Grizzlies. In return, the Pelicans will receive center Jonas Valanciunas and the No 17 and No 51 picks in the 2021 NBA draft.
According to the sources, the trade would help the Pelicans “create more space for Zion Williamson to operate on the floor without Adams clogging the paint.”
Adams joined the Pelicans last year and agreed to a two-year, $27.5 million extension, including a guaranteed $17.5 million for the following two years.
Adams and the Pelicans struggled last year, finishing 11th of the 15 teams in the West at 31-41.
Playing in 58 of the Pelicans’ 72 games, Adams finished with averages of 7.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. He shot 61.4 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the free-throw line.
The 7.6 points were Adams’ lowest since his rookie season. His 8.9 rebounds were the fewest since 2016-17, and his free-throw numbers were also the worst in his career.
Adams’ field goal attempts at 308 in total and 5.3 per game were also his lowest since his first campaign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He spent seven years with the team after being drafted as the No 12 pick in 2013.