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Does trading for Joel Embiid make sense for the Pelicans?

After being swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2020 Playoffs, rumors surrounding All-Star center Joel Embiid and his future with the Philadelphia 76ers have started to heat up once again. No matter how many times they insist that they have no plan of breaking their young star duo, most people are still expecting the Sixers to trade one of Embiid and Ben Simmons in the 2020 offseason.

If they decide to make Embiid available on the trading block this fall, several teams that are in dire need of a frontcourt boost are expected to express a strong interest in adding him to their roster, including the New Orleans Pelicans.

In a recent article, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report created a list of one trade that every eliminated playoff team could make in the 2020 offseason. For the Sixers, Swartz suggested that they could engage in a blockbuster deal with the Pelicans involving Embiid. In the proposed scenario, the Sixers would be sending a package that includes Embiid and Josh Richardson to the Pelicans in exchange for Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, Jaxson Hayes, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and a 2021 first-rounder.

Though the departure of Embiid would deeply hurt most of their fans, the potential deal would undeniably make a lot of sense for the Sixers. As Swartz noted, sending Embiid and Richardson to New Orleans would enable the Sixers to acquire quality veterans in Holiday and Redick that fit Ben Simmons’ game, a young big man in Hayes to boost their frontcourt depth, and two first-round selections that would allow them more young and promising talents on their roster.

“Whether Philly keeps Ben Simmons at power forward or moves him back to point guard, Holiday would be an ideal piece in the Sixers backcourt. A menace on defense and a talented scorer and passer on offense, he could play either guard position while defending three different positions on any given night. Redick would come back to a Philadelphia team that craves his shooting, and Hayes (the No. 8 overall pick in 2019) could develop behind Horford until he’s ready for the starting center job. The Sixers would also get a lottery pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 first-rounder from the Pelicans.”

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Meanwhile, trading Holiday, Redick, Hayes, and a couple of first-rounders would undeniably be a tough decision for the Pelicans but it would be worth it if it means acquiring a player of Embiid’s caliber. Instead of throwing away a huge amount of money to bring Derrick Favors back in the 2020 free agency, the potential deal would allow the Pelicans to replace him with an All-Star caliber center who fits the timeline of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart.

Embiid would tremendously boost the Pelicans’ performance on both ends of the floor, giving them a very reliable scoring option, rebounder, shot-blocker, and floor-spacer. This season, the 26-year-old big man averaged 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN. The arrival of Embiid would not immediately turn the Pelicans into an instant favorite to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy next year, but if he, Williamson, Ingram, Ball, and Hart grow together and build great chemistry, a new powerhouse team would soon rise in New Orleans.

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First look at Center Parcs’ new luxury treehouses in Cumbria with outdoor hot tubs and saunas

CENTER Parcs' Whinfell Forest resort has launched their new luxury treehouses which you can now book.

The four treehouses have en-suite bedrooms, with a detached games den for the kids to play in as well as an outdoor hot tub and sauna.

7Four new treehouses have launched at Center Parcs in Cumbria

Located in Cumbria, the large open plan living room and kitchen overlooks the forest for the best views of the park, along with a private balcony.

They can sleep up to eight guests, although current rules only allow six people at a time under the new government guidelines.

If the weather isn't the greatest, the games room has a pool table and a TV - it usually also has games consoles and traditional games although these have been removed due to Covid.

Daily housekeeping is no longer on offer due to Covid, but extra towels will be offered in sealed bags, along with soap instead of toiletry packs.

7Each treehouse has a large living and dining area which looks out onto the balconyCredit: Center Parcs 7The detached games den is perfect for any rainy daysCredit: Center Parcs 7Families can order food to the treehouse or cook for themselvesCredit: Center Parcs

Each treehouse booking is given two parking spaces as well as a Treehouse host.

Whinfell Forest is the latest Center Parcs resort to launch the treehouses, following in the footsteps of Sherwood Forest, Longleat Forest, Elveden Forest, and Woburn Forest.

Glen Franklin, Village Director at Whinfell Forest told local media they were "thrilled" they had reopened after the previous challenging months which saw the resort close due to coronavirus.

He added: "I can’t think of many better places than Cumbria to relax in a hot tub high amongst the trees and enjoy the beautiful views of our natural forest."

Midweek four-night breaks at the new treehouses start from £2,299 for eight people, working out to £71 each a night.

7Up to eight guests can usually stay but government guidelines has reduced this to sixCredit: Center Parcs 7The private balcony has the best views of the forestCredit: Center Parcs 7The private hot tub and infrared sauna is also a bonusCredit: Center Parcs

Other new changes at the holiday park include restricted access to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

Guests on a three or four night holiday will only be able to book two sessions, lasting two hours, while seven night holidays will see families allowed to book four two-hour sessions.

Families will also have to have their swimwear on underneath to reduce contact in the changing rooms, and must arrive 15 minutes before the session.

Showers and dryers also won't be operating but thankfully the rides and slides will still be operating, including the Wild Water Rapids.

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A warning has been issued over a fake Center Parcs Facebook page offering a free stay at the Longleat resort, which has been shared by more than 17,000 people.

If you're looking at booking a UK staycation later this year, here is what you can expect from other holiday parks which have already opened, including Haven and Pontins.

Timed slots for check-in, one-way paths and ordering food via an app are just a few of the changes waiting for guests at Haven holiday parks this year.

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