Following the conclusion of the NBA Lottery, ESPN's Chad Ford quickly released the newest version of his Mock Draft. Just as he had predicted in the 6.0 edition, the New Orleans Pelicans will select Buddy Hield, the sharp-shooting guard out of the University of Oklahoma.
Landing Hield would be a dream scenario for the Pelicans. Two-guard Eric Gordon is a free agent, and New Orleans really needs shooting, and they want to get better fast. Hield could come in and play right away.
During the televised coverage of the Lottery on ESPN, Heather Cox interviewed Hield, asking him topics ranging from what advice he has received from Kobe Bryant to how he's become such an effective long-range shooter.
The Bird Writes has written ad naseum about Hield, including how the Pelicans have been on track to draft his services for some time, so let's turn our attention to perhaps the more notable news from Ford's Insider Piece: the New Orleans front office is not only also interested in Kris Dunn but Dragan Bender as well.
Go ahead and re-read that international name again because I understand it probably seems like a misprint -- it simply represents too much of a sizable departure from prior decision-making! If true, this news exemplifies the existence of concrete evidence that Dell Demps would not be against drafting and keeping a project since the post-CP3 rebuild when the organization selected Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.
On Tuesday evening, Justin Verrier correctly reminded fans to the tendencies of the New Orleans Pelicans of trading away high draft picks in recent history. Maybe, just maybe, the front office is now showing a willingness to think more long-term and not sacrifice future assets in an all-out attempt to win now?