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The Long Two: Will Kings and Pelicans win-now moves pay off?

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Both the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans took bold swings head of the NBA trade deadline, but where will those moves ultimately take them?

Both the blessing and the curse of building around someone like Zion Williamson is the urgency he places upon the present.

Will the Pelicans win enough to change Zion Williamson’s mind?

The deal cost New Orleans Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky, Didi Louzada, a first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.

McCollum is a far better shooter than anyone the Pelicans gave up to get him, and he gives New Orleans the kind of reliable floor spacing and secondary creation on the perimeter it hadn’t been able to put around Williamson. Given all of the factors at play, maybe they couldn’t afford to play it safe.

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