Well, the trade deadline is over. This is the team you’ve got, for better or worse. It’s time to either put the pedal to the floor or start tanking to high heaven.
Something that often gets lost when we talk about the trade deadline is that there are only seven weeks left in the season, less than 30 games. You don’t have a lot of time to figure out how these new additions fit. The Pelicans didn’t have a stable structure to begin with, and now they just threw in DeMarcus Cousins into the mix. There’s a lot to figure out with no practice time, whatsoever.
Rosters are built over NBA summers with long-term goals and plans in mind. When the Warriors added Kevin Durant, it affected the rest of their depth decisions. These trades are more haphazard, opportunistic or duct-taped solutions. So the pressure is on the coaches to find out how to make them work to the best of their abilities, now, and in the long-term.