New Orleans Pelicans looking to make trade before deadline

Jan 18, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jason Smith out with a knee injury passes by power forward Anthony Davis during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at the New Orleans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans recently lost their starting center Jason Smith for the rest of the season, as he has to undergo knee surgery. As a result, the Pelicans have been very active in trade talks around the league lately, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

New Orleans, who lost forward Jason Smith to season-ending knee surgery, has been extremely active in trade talks past several days.

(via Adrian Wojnarowski, Twitter)

After picking up Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday last summer, New Orleans hoped to make the playoffs this year, but it has all gone downhill. The team has never really been fully healthy throughout the year, with pretty much every single starter suffering with some kind of injuries at some point in time. Other than Smith, Holiday has been out since early January with a stress fracture in his leg.

At this point, it’s no secret that the Pelicans would love to get rid of Eric Gordon’s contract, so if we were to speculate, it’s probably safe to assume that they have been shopping him in this recent surge of activity in trade talks. It’s pretty hard to imagine the Pelicans getting anything valuable for Gordon without taking on a bad contract in return.

Another possibility is that the Pelicans are simply looking to replace Smith with another center for this season, and are more interested in a smaller deal for a big man than an actual shake-up of the team’s current core.

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