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2020 NBA Draft: New Orleans Pelicans trade #39 (Elijah Hughes) to Utah Jazz and #42 (Nick Richards) to Charlotte Hornets

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And let’s add some more future draft compensation!

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The New Orleans Pelicans have traded the draft rights to the 39th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft to the Utah Jazz, resulting in the selection of Elijah Hughes, a 6’6 wing from Syracuse University, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans have traded the draft rights to the 42nd overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft to the Charlotte Hornets, resulting in the selection of Nick Richards, a center out of the University of Kentucky, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

In return, New Orleans is receiving more future draft compensation for both of their two second round picks.

The 39th selection in the 2020 NBA Draft was acquired from Milwaukee as part of a three-team deal in February of 2019 that sent Nikola Mirotić to the Bucks. The 39th pick originally belonged to Washington.

The 42nd pick was New Orleans original second round pick.

Entering the night, the Pelicans had four draft picks — and the franchise was rumored of wanting to move up inside the top 10, but it’s looking very likely that Kira Lewis Jr. will be the only player added to the roster from the 2020 NBA Draft.

Stay tuned for more coverage on this draft and potentially any two-way signings in the coming days.

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