The New Orleans Pelicans are rumored to be interested in trading Zion Williamson because of his controversies. He has been involved in a number of incidents and has also missed a significant amount of time due to injury.
If the Pelicans decide to trade Williamson, many teams in the league will be interested in getting him. There have been reports connecting him to several teams, so let’s explore three possible trade deals.
3 trades for Zion Williamson
#1, Zion Williamson joins the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets trade: P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges, James Bouknight, 2025 1st round pick, 2026 1st round pick
New Orleans Pelicans trade: Zion Williamson
In this scenario, the Charlotte team joins their main player, LaMelo Ball, with Zion Williamson to create a powerful duo in the NBA. The Pelicans receive good young players and two important first-round picks in return for their superstar.
#2 Sacramento acquires Zion Williamson
Sacramento Kings trade: Kevin Huerter, Keegan Murray, Davion Mitchell, 2024 2nd round pick (DAL), 2024 2nd round pick, 2025 1st round pick, 2025 2nd round pick (POR), 2026 1st round pick, 2027 1st round pick
New Orleans Pelicans trade: Zion Williamson, Larry Nance Jr., Garrett Temple, Trey Murphy III
To bring together the superstar trio of De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, and Zion Williamson, the Sacramento team takes a big risk by sacrificing a significant part of their future. In return, the New Orleans Pelicans receive a collection of picks from the Kings and a group of dependable players in Kevin Huerter, Keegan Murray, and Davion Mitchell.
#3 Zion Williamson and Jalen Green join the Rockets
Houston Rockets trade: Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun, TyTy Washington Jr., 2024 1st round pick (BKN), 2024 2nd round pick (OKC), 2025 1st round pick (BKN/OKC), 2025 1st round pick, 2025 2nd round pick, 2025 2nd round pick (MIN)
New Orleans Pelicans trade: Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas, Kira Lewis Jr.
To create a strong trio consisting of rookie Amen Thompson, emerging star Jalen Green, and Zion Williamson, the Houston team trades six picks and important young players Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith Jr., and Alperen Sengun to the New Orleans Pelicans. This trade allows Houston to add Zion and build a formidable group.
#4 OKC acquires Zion Williamson
Oklahoma City Thunder trade: Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, 2024 1st round pick (HOU), 2024 1st round pick, 2025 1st round pick, 2025 1st round pick (PHI), 2025 2nd round pick (ATL)
New Orleans Pelicans trade: Zion Williamson, Larry Nance Jr., Naji Marshall
The Thunder trade their draft picks to get both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Zion Williamson, creating a strong pair of players. In return, the Pelicans receive many draft picks from the Thunder, including four first-round picks and one second-round pick.