The New Orleans Pelicans, while awaiting Zion Williamson’s season debut, are still expected to be buyers ahead of the trade deadline, with an eye toward competing for the play-in tournament. Third-year forward Jaxson Hayes, the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, is now considered available for trade, league sources said.
Source: Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report
ANALYSIS: Hayes was the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but has gotten off to a rocky start in his early NBA career. The 21-year-old has appeared in 20 contests this season, averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game. He has averaged 23.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks across two G League contests.