The New Orleans Pelicans may not be done with their busy offseason overhaul.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans have discussed pursuing center Marc Gasol if he becomes a free agent. The big catch is that Gasol would have to opt out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors, which may be unlikely.
One day to pay attention to this week. Thursday, June 27th.
That’s when Marc Gasol has to opt into or out of the final year of his contract. Most expect him to opt in, but if he becomes free agent, NBA source tells me: “Pelicans have had conversations about landing him.” pic.twitter.com/wEVNOXL3wz
Gasol could be a productive player, plus a veteran mentor to the likes of Zion Williamson on what will be a young squad. If nothing else, it’s a sign that the Pelicans aren’t quite done despite a very busy and successful offseason whether Gasol becomes available or not.
The NBA world is generally in agreement that the New Orleans Pelicans did exceptionally well in resetting their franchise as a result of the Anthony Davis trade.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry certainly seems pleased. After all, the team landed Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and the fourth overall pick in the draft in exchange for Davis. They proceeded to flip the 4th pick for the 8th, 17th, and 35th picks, in addition to drafting Zion Williamson first overall.
Gentry was happy to remark on how well his team did — while simultaneously seeming to throw some shade Davis’ way.
Alvin Gentry on the bevy of players & picks they were able to get out of the Anthony Davis trade:
“That’s a haul folks.”
A very punny response to AD’s “That’s All Folks” Looney Tunes shirt.
During the Pelicans’ final regular season game — and his final game as a member of the team — Davis famously showed up wearing a rather fitting shirt. While funny, it’s easy to see why some with the Pelicans were a little put off by it, and now they’re willing to at least laugh about it…sort of.
The New Orleans Pelicans nabbed Zion Williamson first overall in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, which led to a lot of wider attention from the sports world. Some of that attention came from a somewhat unlikely source.
As Williamson is a North Carolina native, the Carolina Panthers’ Twitter account saw fit to wish Williamson good luck after the Pelicans drafted him. The Pelicans’ Twitter account, however, was quick to ask why the NFL team hadn’t bothered congratulating any of the Charlotte Hornets’ draftees.
ya know you guys have an NBA team in your city? They had a strong draft last night too, and yet no tweet to them? https://t.co/gca9hi3pBa
Is it a bit excessive considering Williamson is from North Carolina? Maybe. But it’s fun, makes for some harmless Twitter drama, and increases the visibility of the accounts involved, which is the entire point.
The New Orleans Pelicans got a haul in their trade of Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that’s not all they did. They actually turned Davis into much more with another big trade on draft day. The list of what David Griffin has turned Davis into so far is so extensive we must write it up.
– Lonzo Ball
– Brandon Ingram
– Josh Hart
– No. 8 pick in 2019 Draft (via Hawks) – became Jaxson Hayes
– No. 17 pick in 2019 Draft (via Hawks) – became Nickeil Alexander-Walker
– No. 35 pick in 2019 Draft (via Hawks) – became Marcos Louzada Silva
– Top-10 protected first-round pick in 2020 NBA Draft via Cavaliers. Turns into 2021 2nd and 2022 2nd if does not convey in 2020
– First-round pick (top 8 protected) in 2021 Draft (via Lakers)
– Unprotected first-round pick in 2022 Draft via Lakers if 2021 pick does not convey
– Right to swap first-round picks with Lakers in 2023
– Unprotected first-round pick in 2024 or 2025 (via Lakers)
A few notes: the Pelicans also unloaded Solomon Hill’s contract onto the Hawks. And beyond trading Davis and Hill, the Pelicans did send Atlanta the No. 57 pick in 2019 and a future second-round pick.
Just one glance at this page and you’ll understand why Griffin might be in contention for Executive of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
Teams are already expressing significant interest in the No. 4 overall pick belonging now to the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are expected to continue over the next few days. This deal could get even bigger for the Pelicans.
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.
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.