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New Orleans Pelicans future draft pick debts

Which picks do the Pelicans still owe? Why? Let's take a look.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A curious thing occurred last night, the New Orleans Pelicans did almost nothing in the NBA Draft. The one pick they owned, the 56th pick from the Memphis Grizzlies, was used on Branden Dawson and his draft rights were sold to the Los Angeles Clippers immediately.

Now almost all the Pelicans' future pick debts have been paid. Real GM, an outstanding source for such obscure information, has an outline of every pick that is owed in the NBA. Let's take a look at the remaining debts New Orleans has and the possibility those debts will be paid out.

2016 Second Round Pick

New Orleans will receive the less favorable of their own pick and Sacramento's second round pick.

This trade (which also involves Milwaukee receiving the better of those two picks) originated with the Sacramento Kings sending their pick and cash to the New Orleans Hornets in 2010 for Hilton Armstrong. It turned into a swap with the Tyreke Evans sign and trade in July 2013 and got the Milwaukee Bucks involved when the Kings traded for Luc Mbah a Moute. No, seriously.

Ultimately the Pelicans are likely to retain this selection unless the Kings get their act seriously together and finish with a better record than New Orleans.

2017 Second Round Pick

This selection is owed, 31-55 protected, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. That transaction occurred in 2012 and netted the then-Hornets Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick.

Since it is so heavily protected it is unlikely, but not impossibly so, to be conveyed. The Grizzlies, who had the 56th pick yesterday, won 55 games. The NBA landscape will change greatly in the next 24 months. Will an Anthony Davis led team, in his fifth NBA season, finish the season with one of the five best records? I wouldn't bet heavily against it.

That's it. The Pelicans, at this moment (June 26th, 2015), will likely have both their first and second round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft and might not have their second round pick in 2017. If that is the case the Pels are a title contender and hopefully fans and writers alike won't get hung up on missing out on such a low value play.

Will the Pelicans trade one of their future first round picks between now and 2016? Difficult to say, but considering Dell's history many likely lean towards yes.