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NBA Draft: Sixers trade for 2017 top draft pick and how it impacts the New Orleans Pelicans

Quick thoughts on a blockbuster trade.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are set to trade the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third pick and an additional future first round pick. Details on that second pick were initially hazy, but Adrian Wojnarowski relayed that Boston will receive the Los Angeles Lakers pick in 2018 if it falls from 2-5 or rights to the Sacramento Kings 2019 first round pick.


A little, but not terribly. Boston essentially receives two first round picks, and Philadelphia is going to draft Markelle Fultz barring a tremendous smokescreen.

So, onto the New Orleans Pelicans. Philadelphia has been rumored to hold interest in Jrue Holiday and with the Sixers acquiring a point guard one may naturally be led to believe their days of coveting Jrue are over.

I disagree.

New Orleans fans are not the only ones on the planet watching Pelicans games or to have come to the conclusion that Holiday is better served as a secondary creator paired with a more ball dominant guard. Spending big on Jrue, before extensions are due for Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, would give Philadelphia a running mate for Fultz, who would ease his transition into the NBA by taking the more difficult defensive assignment.

Does functioning as the big brother to a whole bunch of young guys appeal to Jrue Holiday? Returning to Philadelphia? Getting the largest possible contract? Jrue’s motivations are hardly defined for the public at this point. Maybe he wants to shepherd a young team on the cusp of greatness. Or maybe he wants the ball in his hands; this would be a negative for Philadelphia and presumably New Orleans.

Oodles of cap space demand the Sixers find out if Holiday wants to come back to the city of brotherly love. His fit beside Markelle Fultz would be superb. Unless you think having two long guards who can create, shoot, and defend is a bad thing. I, for one, having watched the NBA playoffs think that might be a good idea.

Boston and Anthony Davis?

As for Boston and the fantasies of trading for Anthony Davis? Stop. Just stop, Boston Celtics fans. Could one of these assets eventually be used to trade for Davis? Maybe! In 2019 if Davis is demanding out and the Sacramento Kings 2019 pick is both owned by the Celtics AND sufficiently high in the lottery.

This summer? No.

At the trade deadline? No.

If the team is flailing at the All-Star break you know who the Pelicans are going to try to trade to start over? The All-Star center on an expiring contract (DeMarcus Cousins), not the one with multiple years remaining (Anthony Davis).

This isn’t hard, guys. Tom Benson isn’t signing off on a full-scale rebuild with a top ten player under contract through 2020. Dell Demps has shown no desire to do so and if, for some reason, he suddenly got the itch to trade Anthony Davis for draft picks, Benson would be far more apt to fire him than approve. The idea of Boston trading for Anthony Davis in a matter of months is beyond far-fetched. It isn’t being discussed on Airline Drive. The Pelicans are all-in on making the Anthony Davis era a success. They are not abandoning ship for a bunch of “could be a superstar” tickets when they have one on hand under contract for three more seasons.

Boston isn’t trading for Anthony Davis this summer... Or at the trade deadline... Or next summer. Jrue Holiday, on the other hand, signing a big contract with Philadelphia? Today’s Celtics-Sixers trade doesn’t remotely restrict that possibility.