In a not so surprising but still disappointing development the Pelicans slim chance to keep their 2014 first round back didn’t come through as they remained at number 10 and therefore lost the pick to the 76ers.
In a surprising development the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped all the way from the number nine spot to the number one pick, beating incredible odds (they had a 1.7 percent chance to make the jump.)
With the pick transfer the Jrue Holiday trade has come to an official end, with Nerlens Noel and the number 10 pick being sent to Philadelphia for the young point guard.
In hindsight the trade looks like it has the potential to be awful for the Pelicans as they gave up two top ten picks in consecutive years but obviously that wasn’t ever thought to be possible.
With the injuries to Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis this season causing the Pelicans to never actually be in the Western Conference playoff race things were about as far from the plan as they could have been. With everyone returning to health this season the team should look much more like what General Manager Dell Demps imagined when he made the trade, which will be a sign as to how good or bad it actually is. If Holiday and Davis lead the Pelicans to the playoffs and even potentially win a series the trade in the end may look better.
No matter what happens the move will always sting a little though. Giving up back-to-back top 10 picks is a tough thing to swallow for a team that needs as many young, cheap pieces as possible. If New Orleans did have the pick this season they probably would have been looking at someone like James Young, a freshman wing from Kentucky who could have solved some shooting problems.
Now the Pelicans must turn their attention to either finding a way to acquire a second round pick or scouting potential undrafted free agents who can help them going forward.
No matter what they do Pelican Debrief will have reactions and analysis every step of the way.