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2016 NBA Draft: Pelicans interview Skal Labissiere, Kris Dunn and DeAndre Bembry, will interview Jaylen Brown today

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News trickles in as draft preparations are underway.

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The NBA Draft Combine is in full swing. Day two will be live on ESPN2 (and the ESPN App) at 2PM central. Measurements conducted on Wednesday were finally released Thursday afternoon. Athletic testing is still ongoing and will be updated on the NBA Stats website (previous link) throughout the day. As is tradition, a number of top prospects are not participating to various degrees. Ben Simmons, Domantas Sabonis, and Dejounte Murray are not in attendance. Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray were present on Wednesday but did not participate in measurements. Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, and Skal Labissierie will not participate in athletic testing and that group is likely to grow.

However, the New Orleans Pelicans are hard at work on the interview circuit. According to a recent story by The Vertical's Bobby Marks teams can formally interview 18 prospects. Recent reports put the Pelicans list at four thus far.

Bembry had a superb performance during Thursday's 5-on-5 game and his stock is rising according to Chad Ford. Earlier this year I had hoped Bembry would last into the second round for the Pelicans but Ford says a number of teams grade him as a first round prospect. It is increasingly unlikely he will be available when the Pelicans second round picks come rolling around.

Note: This year Brett Dawson of The New Orleans Advocate is on the scene at the combine covering Pelican specific stories. This is a significant step up in coverage quality of the Pelicans compared to previous years.

Skal Labissiere is not interesting as a Pelican in my opinion. Take Ryan Anderson, make him a better rim protector, a worse rebounder and shooter, and then shave 30 pounds off of him so he can't defend centers for Anthony Davis. At least he's young but a number of scouts and analysts have noted Labissiere has a thin frame that will make putting on weight more difficult. An upside play for the Pelicans in a trade down scenario, but unlikely considering the modus operandi of the franchise.

Here's the meat of the program. If you missed it check out Owen's prospect profile on Kris Dunn and Zachary's prospect profile on Jaylen Brown. For more information on Dunn the mothership put out this on Dunn earlier this morning. Dunn is a favorite among some Pelican fans and he's candidacy is growing on me. A backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Kris Dunn could be superb defensively with two ball handlers to spread out the load on offense. If Dunn can continue to improve his jump shot there is still upside despite his advanced age; he measured out well and is supremely athletic.

Jaylen Brown on the other hand? In my opinion, no thank you.

Visits are not necessarily "interviews" although that might be semantics on this particular report. Kay Felder is in the mold of Isaiah Thomas, just 5'9.5" in shoes. However, his performance at Oakland this year was remarkable. 24.8 points, 9.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game with a .440/.355/.848 slash line. He also produced a ridiculous (unofficial) 44" vertical during athletic testing yesterday. Felder is currently projected in the late second round and would be an interesting prospect for New Orleans.