Report: Pelicans acquire Norris Cole from Suns (via Heat) for John Salmons
Norris Cole to New Orleans for John Salmons is another trade that beat the buzzer
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 19, 2015
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.