The NBA Draft is almost here, and it sounds like the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to strike another deal this offseason.
New Orleans made the biggest move of the summer thus far by trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. As part of the deal, the Pelicans received the No. 4 overall pick.
While most of the attention on Thursday will be on the Pelicans taking Zion Williamson with the top pick, it’s going to be interesting to see how the front office approaches its second selection.
David Griffin has been pretty busy in his new role as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Pelicans.
According to basketball insider Jeff Goodman, the Pelicans and the Timberwolves held trade discussions involving the No. 4 pick for the No. 11 pick and Robert Covington.
If the Pelicans want to find players that can help them win now, then it makes sense to field offers on their second pick. Besides, a core of Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday should be competitive in the Western Conference.
New Orleans boss David Griffin trying to get another first-rounder and also a player on a good contract for the No. 4 pick. Told there have been discussions between Pels No. 4 pick and Minnesota involving No. 11 and Robert Covington.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 20, 2019
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowksi already hinted at several trades going down during the draft.
It’s possible that New Orleans finds the right trade partner before the draft even begins.