The New Orleans Pelicans had been shopping the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft ever since acquiring it as part of the Anthony Davis trade, and they apparently have found a taker.
The Atlanta Hawks are trading three picks in the 2019 draft to New Orleans and a protected 2020 first-round pick from Cleveland in order to move up to No. 4, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Here’s the breakdown of the trade, per Woj:
Hawks get: Picks Nos. 4 and 57 in 2019 draft, future second-round pick, Solomon Hill
Pelicans get: Picks Nos. 8, 17 and 35 in 2019 draft, protected first-round 2020 pick from Cleveland
The target of the Hawks is said to be De’Andre Hunter. In order to get him, they are absorbing the $12.7 million Hill is owed and giving an extra first-round pick to the Pelicans.
The Hawks made a trade last year and drafted Trae Young, who emerged as a rookie. Now they reportedly are set to pair him with Hunter, who helped lead Virginia to a national championship. They also have John Collins and Kevin Huerter, who are other players they recently drafted, and plenty of cap space moving forward.
New Orleans meanwhile continues to load up on picks after flipping the No. 4 slot they acquired from the Lakers. They will be able to make several more picks just by moving down four spots.
The NBA Draft is important for every team. It’s a chance to bring new, young talent into the organization. Teams that consistently get it right often line themselves up for years of success. Remember, before all the Kevin Durant hoopla, the Golden State Warriors were built almost exclusively through the draft process, with both Splash Brothers among the team’s first-round picks.
However, some teams need draft success more than others. They may be facing a long rebuild if they can’t keep the continuity going, or an even longer one than they’re already in if they get things wrong. Here are ten teams that really need to nail the NBA Draft, or the futures of their franchise could get quite bleak.
10. San Antonio Spurs
It’s been two years since the Spurs made it out of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, a rather unprecedented drought for the Gregg Popovich era. The Spurs always find players somewhere, even as they lose veterans. LaMarcus Aldridge, 34 in July, is the next big name to face the aging curve, and San Antonio really need an infusion of young talent on the roster here. This will only be the third time since the selection of Tim Duncan No. 1 that the Spurs will draft in the top 20. To keep the immensely successful run going, they need to get the 19th pick right.
The New Orleans Pelicans will have an entirely new look next season after trading away the best player in franchise history, but that does not mean they consider themselves to be in rebuilding mode.
In addition to Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, the Los Angeles Lakers also sent the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft to New Orleans as part of their trade package for Anthony Davis. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Pelicans are exploring the possibility of trading that pick for a starting-caliber player before Thursday. With a core that will include the aforementioned three players and once-in-a-generation talent Zion Williamson, they believe they can contend and reach the playoffs next season.
Spears was also told by sources that Ball, Ingram and Hart are all excited for a fresh start and to play alongside Williamson. We already saw a glimpse of that with their social media activity after the big trade.
If Williamson can adjust to the NBA quickly, there’s no reason the Pelicans should be aiming for anything less than a playoff berth. The Western Conference could be wide open next season with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson potentially missing the entire year, and New Orleans has a solid young foundation. Executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has a good track record with quickly building winning rosters, so it’s no surprise he is looking to do the same in his new role.
Details of the draft picks the Los Angeles Lakers traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis deal have been revealed, and they are significant.
The Lakers agreed to trade three first-round draft picks to the Pelicans for Davis, not to mention Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Beyond that, they also agreed to swap picks in one other drafts, meaning the Pelicans essentially control the Lakers’ first-round picks from 2021-2024.
– No. 4 pick in 2019
– 2021 first-round pick (top-8 protected). Becomes unprotected 2022 pick if it does not convey in 2021
– right to swap first-round picks in 2023 (so if Lakers have higher pick in draft, Pelicans can swap spots)
– 2024 unprotected first-round pick, with the option to defer unprotected pick to 2025
New Orleans gets the No. 4 overall pick this year. They didn’t want a pick from the Lakers next year because they figure the Lakers will be good as they will have both Davis and LeBron James. In 2021, the pick is top-8 protected, meaning if the Lakers land a pick within the top eight, they get to keep it, but the Pelicans would get the Lakers’ pick in 2022 regardless of where it falls should the pick not convey in 2021.
The real value for New Orleans comes from years 2023-2025. They are guaranteed to have the Lakers’ first-round pick in 2024, regardless of where it falls, but they can defer that pick to 2025. They will also have the option to swap first-round picks with the Lakers in 2023.
What all this means is if the Lakers fall on hard times again after LeBron James’ contract with them ends (potentially 2022), they won’t be able to rebuild through the draft easily because the Pelicans will reap the rewards of them stinking. That’s what happened to the Nets with the ill-fated Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade. Not only did Pierce and Garnett prove to be bad assets, but once they became bad, all their high draft picks were controlled by the Celtics, which made it hard for them to rebuild.
David Griffin knew exactly what he was doing and made sure to load up on draft picks for after James’ contract with the Lakers ran out. Maybe LaVar Ball’s prediction isn’t so silly after all.
The New Orleans Pelicans may not be done making big trades.
News broke on Saturday that the Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade that will send Anthony Davis to to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. One of those picks includes the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, which the Pelicans are reportedly open to dealing.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Pelicans are already receiving interest from teams looking to trade up for the No. 4 pick.
LA Times Lakers reporter Brad Turner adds that the Pelicans are looking into trading that pick.
New Orleans already has the No. 1 overall pick and is expected to take Zion Williamson. The Grizzlies are expected to take Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick, and there is some belief the Knicks will take RJ Barrett third. That would leave the team picking fourth with the option of anyone else who is available — guys like Darius Garland, Jarrett Culver, and De’Andre Hunter, to name a few.
New Orleans is in a good spot to rebuild their team even after losing Davis.
The New Orleans Pelicans are off and running this offseason, starting with a major trade of Anthony Davis that was agreed to on Saturday.
The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pelicans seemed to confirm the trade on Twitter by tweeting a video of the Joker character from Batman saying “and here we go.”
This is the start of a major offseason for the Pelicans as they look to rebuild their team. The only player they have under contract long term is Jrue Holiday. They will likely be adding Zion Williamson in the draft, which will give them a great core. On top of that, they have added Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, and they will have the opportunity to add another major player with the No. 4 pick. Plus they’ll have two future first-round picks from the Lakers to add.
David Griffin is doing major work in laying a foundation for the Pelicans during his first month on the job as their franchise leader.
The New Orleans Pelicans want a player who can make an immediate impact as part of any trade package for Anthony Davis, and there is apparently at least one All-Star that they have their eye on.
Earlier in the week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is exploring multi-team trade scenarios aimed at landing New Orleans a combination of high draft picks and at least one All-Star caliber player. According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU NBC New Orleans, the Pelicans would love to find a way to land Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal.
Beal has said he wants to finish his career in Washington, but a report early last season indicated they were willing to part ways with him. The 25-year-old averaged career highs across the board this year with 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, so you can understand why the Pelicans would have interest in pairing him with Zion Williamson.
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers both want to trade for Davis, and they have the No. 3 and No. 4 picks, respectively, in the upcoming draft. New Orleans is reportedly not that interested in the Knicks’ young players, and they may view the Lakers the same way. That is where a third team would come in, but landing a top-four pick and a player like Beal would obviously be a dream scenario for New Orleans.
It seems like only a matter of time before the New Orleans Pelicans trade Anthony Davis, but executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin insists there is no timetable for when a deal might be made.
Now that Davis has informed the Pelicans he still wants to be traded despite the fact that they will soon add Zion Williamson, there has been speculation that they will want to make a deal prior to the June 20 NBA Draft. Griffin says that is not the case, and there is no “shot clock” on any potential trade.
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the teams interested in acquiring Davis, and they have the No. 3 and No. 4 overall picks, respectively, in the upcoming draft. If the Pelicans trade Davis to one of those teams before June 20, they will have the opportunity to take another top player in addition to Williamson. Coincidentally, Davis reportedly would prefer to be traded to one of those two teams.
Griffin initially expressed confidence that he could convince Davis to stay in New Orleans, but he has since begun exploring some unique possibilities to unload the star big man.
The New Orleans Pelicans have set up a formal pre-draft meeting with likely top pick Zion Williamson, but it sounds like they’re already in love.
The Pelicans had already met with Williamson in Chicago in May, and they made no secret of how impressed by him they were, according to Scott Kushner of the Advocate.
Williamson becoming the No. 1 pick is a virtual formality at this point, and this meeting should only cement it. With Anthony Davis’ impending departure, Williamson will immediately become the face of the franchise from the moment he’s selected.
The New Orleans Pelicans are actively exploring possible trade scenarios for Anthony Davis, and it sounds like there is a good chance any deal for the star big man could involve more than one other team.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has been informing teams of the type of package he wants for Davis, and he seems skeptical that the desired return will come from a single team. Front office executives who have exchanged dialogue with Griffin are under the impression that he is working on multi-team trade scenarios.
As an example, Wojnarowski said the Los Angeles Lakers might be able to find another team that values their young players more than the Pelicans, or a team like the New York Knicks could trade draft picks to a third team in exchange for players New Orleans might be interested in. The Lakers, Knicks, Clippers and Nets are the four teams that have had conversations with Griffin thus far, while the Boston Celtics remain interested in Davis but may wait to see how the Kyrie Irving situation plays out.
It remains to be seen exactly how much teams will be willing to give up for Davis, and the fact that he can opt out of his contract after next season will impact his market. Even if he would be willing to sign a long-term deal with a team like the Clippers, there has already been talk that they do not want to part with one of their young players. The situation could be similar with the Celtics, who may want to do everything they can to keep Jayson Tatum.