The NBA Lottery is over and the New Orleans Pelicans, like everyone else, stood pat in their pre-lottery position at 6th overall. Good news to those mock draft writers who have very little to change since their last updates just days ago. As many have said, this draft is pretty jumbled after the first two picks. The Pelicans pick in that second tier of players, and toward the back of the group.
Trades are going to be rumored for the next month until the draft occurs. Some trades might even be consummated. Danny Ainge was already talking trades mere moments after the lottery concluded. All those prized assets have turned into a pumpkin and the Boston Celtics have to deal with a real shortage of roster positions for all their draft picks. The Minnesota Timberwolves might also be in a position to trade away their pick given the youth on their roster as well.
That brings us to the Pelicans. Dell Demps has traded a lot of first round picks during his time here. Look at the evidence.
First round picks traded by Dell Demps:— David Fisher (@DavidFisherTBW) March 22, 2016
2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Pelicans trading another pick threat level? Extremely high.
In order that's Darren Collison (traded August 2010 weeks after Demps took the job), Craig Brackens (traded September 2010), Tobias Harris (traded as a future first round pick October 2010), Nerlens Noel (traded on draft night 2013), Elfrid Payton (also traded draft night 2013 as a future first round pick), and Sam Dekker (traded July 2014 as a future first round pick).
No, you're reading that right. In his first four months on the job (Demps was hired in July 2010) Dell traded away THREE first round picks. The return? Jason Smith, Trevor Ariza, and Jerryd Bayless. Bayless was traded after playing just 11 games for Jarrett Jack. No, seriously!
Let's hope the Pelicans continue to tie Dell's hands and he is forced to make a draft selection. I'd like to dream about trading back but considering the history of Mickey Loomis that's just not going to happen. There is some consensus on the top seven prospects or so, but destinations vary.
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|Philadelphia 76ers||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram|
|Boston Celtics||Dragan Bender||Dragan Bender||Jamal Murray||Jamal Murray||Dragan Bender||Dragan Bender|
|Phoenix Suns||Jaylen Brown||Jaylen Brown||Jaylen Brown||Dragan Bender||Jaylen Brown||Jaylen Brown|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Kris Dunn||Jamal Murray||Dragan Bender||Buddy Hield||Jamal Murray||Jamal Murray|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Jamal Murray||Kris Dunn||Kris Dunn||Jakob Poeltl||Jakob Poeltl||Henry Ellenson|
|Denver Nuggets||Buddy Hield||Buddy Hield||Buddy Hield||Skal Labissiere||Buddy Hield||Buddy Hield|
|Sacramento Kings||Skal Labissiere||Henry Ellenson||Denzel Valentine||Kris Dunn||Kris Dunn||Kris Dunn|
|Toronto Raptors||Deyonta Davis||Marquese Chriss||Henry Ellenson||Jaylen Brown||Deyonta Davis||Timothe Luwawu|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Jakob Poeltl||Jakob Poeltl||Jakob Poeltl||Henry Ellenson||Denzel Valentine||Jakob Poeltl|
|Orlando Magic||Marquese Chriss||Deyonta Davis||Skal Labissiere||Thon Maker||Marquese Chriss||Marquese Chriss|
|Utah Jazz||Denzel Valentine||Demetrius Jackson||Timothe Luwawu||Denzel Valentine||Wade Baldwin||Wade Baldwin|
|Phoenix Suns||Henry Ellenson||Domantas Sabonis||Marquese Chriss||Wade Baldwin||Timothe Luwawu||Skal Labissiere|
|Chicago Bulls||Timothe Luwawu||Denzel Valentine||Tyler Ulis||Marquese Chriss||Demetrius Jackson||Demetrius Jackson|
|Denver Nuggets||Furkan Korkmaz||Furkan Korkmaz||Furkan Korkmaz||Furkan Korkmaz||DeAndre Bembry||Deyonta Davis|
|Boston Celtics||Taurean Prince||Skal Labissiere||Domantas Sabonis||Deyonta Davis||Skal Labissiere||Denzel Valentine|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Wade Baldwin||Wade Baldwin||Wade Baldwin||Taurean Prince||Henry Ellenson||Tyler Ulis|
|Detroit Pistons||Domantas Sabonis||Tyler Ulis||Demetrius Jackson||Cheick Diallo||Domantas Sabonis||Taurean Prince|
|Denver Nuggets||Demetrius Jackson||Timothe Luwawu||Deyonta Davis||Timothe Luwawu||Juan Hernangomez||Domantas Sabonis|
|Indiana Pacers||Tyler Ulis||Brice Johnson||Brice Johnson||DeAndre Bembry||Brice Johnson||Brice Johnson|
|Atlanta Hawks||Damian Jones||DeAndre Bembry||Taurean Prince||Demetrius Jackson||Taurean Prince||DeAndre Bembry|
|Charlotte Hornets||Ivica Zubac||Taurean Prince||Malik Beasley||Malik Beasley||Zhou Qi||Furkan Korkmaz|
|Boston Celtics||Ante Zizic||Ante Zizic||Cheick Diallo||Juan Hernangomez||Furkan Korkmaz||Ante Zizic|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Malik Beasley||Malik Beasley||Malachi Richardson||Tyler Ulis||Tyler Ulis||Malik Beasley|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Cheick Diallo||Malachi Richardson||DeAndre Bembry||Domantas Sabonis||Malcolm Brogdon||Petr Cornelie|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Zhou Qi||Cheick Diallo||Thon Maker||Zhou Qi||Ante Zizic||Patrick McCaw|
|Toronto Raptors||Juan Hernangomez||Ivica Zubac||Stephen Zimmerman||Damian Jones||Malachi Richardson||Malcolm Brogdon|
|Phoenix Suns||Petr Cornelie||Juan Hernangomez||Juan Hernangomez||Dejounte Murray||Petr Cornelie||Zhou Qi|
|San Antonio Spurs||Brice Johnson||Paul Zipser||Jarrod Uthoff||Ivica Zubac||Gary Payton||Cheick Diallo|
|Golden State Warriors||DeAndre Bembry||Malcolm Brogdon||Ben Bentil||Diamond Stone||Thon Maker||Caris LaVert|
The most ideal trade partner for the Pelicans in my opinion is the Toronto Raptors. Packaging the 6th and 38th picks for the 9th and 27th selections sounds like a relatively fair swap and it gets the Raptors out from two first round holds. For the Pelicans this teams needs talent. I would be surprised if the team keeps all three picks given their history. So, get two first round picks and then sell that 40th overall selection to pay for Tom Benson's horses. Denzel Valentine and Patrick McCaw, as I noted in our roundtable, would be my selections.
What will the Pelicans actually do? Please just don't trade the pick Dell. Please.