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Report: Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram presumed untouchable in trade talks

Pelicans won’t deal either of their young studs, also reluctant to ship out SG JJ Redick.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the second half at the Smoothie King Center.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans have made Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram untouchable in trade talks as the deadline approaches, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Pelicans are also reluctant to deal guard JJ Redick, per Stein. This all coming after the report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe that the Pelicans could consider dealing point guard Jrue Holiday before the deadline. New Orleans is currently on a 12-game losing streak heading into Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Things aren’t good and the team probably needs to shift focus towards a rebuild and potentially look for a new coach. Alvin Gentry hasn’t been able to get the team back on track after many believed the Pels would be playoff contenders this season despite trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.