New Orleans Pelicans: NBA Draft riser Joshua Primo is on the Pels’ radar

Joshua Primo #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Pelicans will have five picks entering the 2021 NBA Draft, so David Griffin and Trajan Langdon are going to be busy doing their homework.

They are unlikely to use them all, as they don’t have the roster space but the Pels could target a few guys who either offer an NBA-ready skill or some high upside talent.

One guy who is on their radar is shooting guard Joshua Primo out of Alabama, who the Pels have scheduled for a workout.

He is a guy who has been getting a lot of buzz over the last few weeks, as he is one of the youngest players in the NBA Draft and a guy with a lot of upside.

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He also potentially fits a need for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The priorities for the Pelicans in the NBA Draft are pretty simple: They need to find impact talent to put around Zion Williamson.

They could use the 10th pick to make a trade for a veteran player who fits with Zion, which would leave them with four second-round picks to play with.

Since they are unlikely to find a guy in the second round who can come in and contribute right away, they are more likely to swing for the fences on high-upside talent who might help them down the road, or to package them in a trade to move up for a guy they like in the first round.

Josh Primo profiles as such a guy, as he is a raw talent who might need some time in the G-League to develop, which would be fine for a Pelicans team looking to give roster spots to guys who can help them now.

But Primo’s potential is enticing and the fit is there.