UPDATE: As it turns out the Pelicans will probably be bringing in players next week since their own offseason workouts will be over. So well this article is obsolete at that point.
Will the Pelicans trade into the 2014 NBA Draft?
The question has been asked a few times now. In fact just this weekend at Pelican Debrief we had a piece about the pros and cons of using Pierre Jackson to make the move.
In that same time though the answer has seemingly been clear, even if no source close to the team has leaked the official answer. Instead the silence and inactivity is defining as the Pelicans have refused to bring any players in for workouts showing pretty clearly but without officially saying, they have no plan to get into even the second round.
Some people will just say that this is something every team without a pick would do. After all why waste your time and resources to watch players that you may never have the chance to draft workout when you can focus on the players on your team’s roster.Except other teams without picks are working out players. The Warriors brought in UMass guard Chaz Williams. The Knicks had PJ Harriston come in.
No one is saying that the team needs to bring in players that they have no reasonable chance to get like Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but the Pelicans are wasting golden opportunities to find a diamond in the rough. After all the team still needs to fill a summer league roster and right now they can’t do that with just players in the organization and the most valuable asset in the NBA beyond a superstar is cheap talented role players.
Yet instead of trying to acquire one of those players out of the potential pool of second round to undrafted players the Pelicans are refusing to even put themselves in position to know who those players are, something that other teams, like the Milwaukee Bucks are already doing when they work out players like Billy Baron from Canisius, or Geron Johnson from Memphis despite having the second pick in the draft. Working a guy like that out can build a relationship that can lead to a summer league shot and potentially more if the player performs well enough.
Maybe things change over the next few weeks. Maybe the Pelicans decide to start trying to see if this draft class holds the next Udonis Haslem or Joel Anthony, players who can help any team for cheap. But for now they aren’t and wasting those chances is a frustrating thing to watch.