The New Orleans Pelicans made the big move of the NBA's offseason this past weekend, trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and several draft picks.
David Griffin, the team's new president of basketball operations, might not be done making big moves.
The Pelicans, who have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in this Thursday's NBA Draft, are reportedly considering a big trade up to No. 2.
Memphis has the No. 2 pick, though New Orleans is reportedly interested in moving up to get R.J. Barrett.
The New York Post had the details:
According to an NBA source, New Orleans has explored moving back to gain more assets and also had internal talks about moving up to the second pick to take Memphis’ selection and draft RJ Barrett to team with his Duke compadre Zion Williamson. Barrett and Williamson are best friends.
That trade-up maneuver, however unlikely, would allow Murray State’s Ja Morant to fall to the Knicks at No. 3. The Knicks had Morant higher on their board than Barrett at the Chicago combine, but that also was before Morant recently underwent knee surgery.
The Pelicans are clearly taking Zion Williamson at No. 1, but New Orleans is reportedly considering a lot of potential moves with the No. 4 overall pick.
It's possible NOLA could move up, but it's probably more likely that the Pelicans will package No. 4 with one of their other assets for a more proven player.
The NBA Draft is set for Thursday night.