Report: Pelicans acquire Norris Cole from Suns (via Heat) for John Salmons

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Add another one to the pile of trades that are still trickling in after the deadline, this one between Phoenix and New Orleans, swapping guards:

Cole had started the day as a member of the Heat but was moved to Phoenix in the Goran Dragic trade. Then the Suns flipped him for Salmons.

This deal accomplishes something for all the teams involved. The Heat have been trying to unload Cole, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Suns didn’t need another point guard on the roster with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. The Pelicans need a short-term point guard while Jrue Holiday recovers from a leg injury that will sideline him at least the next three weeks. Cole isn’t having a good season, but they gave up practically nothing to get him.

And the annual trade deadline requirement that John Salmons has to be moved at least once has been met. Everyone wins.