NBA Draft Lottery: Pelicans should explore trading every pick, even #1

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New Orleans Pelicans NBA Draft Lottery: Trading a top four pick for a superstar

If the Pelicans end up in the top four in the NBA Draft, I think you can still make an argument for trading it in the right deal.

I like the fit of the consensus top four guys on the Pelicans, but it would be hard to pass up a chance to add a legitimate superstar if one is on the table.

If the Pelicans were to get the number one pick in the draft, could they use it to get a guy like Damian Lillard? Bradley Beal? Jimmy Butler? I see these as very low likely scenarios but the Pels would certainly entertain trading any draft pick for a superstar if one became available.

If the Pelicans were to land in the top-3 and a team like Detroit offered up Jerami Grant and a future pick for it, that could be another way to land a quality player and still get another draft asset in the future.

The point is that the David Griffin needs to find a way to get impact talent from this draft one way or another. If they land in the top-four, they will probably just use their pick, but if they don’t the Pels need to be searching for trades to get better.

The clock is ticking for David Griffin and he has to get this one right.

dark. Next. if the Pelicans can buy low on Ben Simmons, they should