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Why the Pelicans Predraft Workouts Matter

With the NBA draft fast approaching things many lottery teams have begun the process of bringing in players for the first round of pre-draft workouts.

We aren’t yet at the point where first round picks are getting worked out, though that should all start once the lottery hits in 10 days, it has begun the excitement of fans of many of these teams.

For the Pelicans that time hasn’t, and in all likelihood won’t, hit. There will be players brought in for workouts in the coming weeks but most will be players that probably won’t even get picked in the second round.

That doesn’t mean the process can’t be exciting though. After all the Pelicans have to fill out a summer league roster with some young players and those guys have to come from somewhere.  Every single season a player or two seems to surprise during the summer league tour and finds a way to catch on with an NBA team based off of that performance.

That exact thing happened a season ago for Dwight Buycks, who parlayed a terrific summer league performance with the Oklahoma City Thunder into a contract to be a member of the Toronto Raptors regular roster.

Phil Pressey of the Celtics also pulled the summer league performance to guaranteed NBA contract trick this past summer and actually played pretty well as the Celtics backup point guard.

Those types of stories aren’t very common but having the chance to find a player like that takes getting to know them during this scouting process and building a relationship so that they actually agree to play with you in the summer.

That is why the next few weeks matter for the Pelicans beyond the fact that they actually may be able to at least trade themselves back into the second round using a few unguaranteed contracts they have on the roster.  Right now the core of the roster is in shape with Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis. Now the franchise must find cheap role players to fit around those players, especially with Eric Gordon’s contract taking up a large chunk of the salary gap that he really isn’t worth.

So keep an eye on anyone the team brings in, just as we will on Pelican Debrief with some breakdowns, because you never know one of them may be the next Brian Roberts; a random guy that went undrafted and after a year or two becomes a productive NBA player.

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