New Orleans Pelicans
Holy smokes did Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin net a lot of value for dropping straight back to No. 8. In the majority of years, trading from the top five of this draft could be a remarkably risky move since draft worth will fall off a cliff in the No. 6 selection. But this isn’t most years; we have been hearing for weeks that the 2019 draft projected to be remarkably shallow following Williamson, RJ Barrett and Ja Morant. Griffin obviously felt he could slide back four slots from No. 4 and still get the player he wanted, centre Jaxson Hayes.
Utilizing ESPN’s Kevin Pelton nifty draft pick point system to help put transactions such as these in view, the Pelicans obtained 3,560 points in draft select worth (1,970 for No. 8; 1,220 for No. 17; 370 to get No. 35) in comparison to 2,450 points heading to Atlanta (2,440 for No. 4; 10 for No. 57). That is a humongous difference in value. In addition to that, the Pelicans shed Solomon Hill’s $13 million deal. On top of that, the Pelicans obtained Cleveland’s 2020 first-round pick, which will probably become a pair of second-rounders.
This was a heist by Griffin, who continues to conduct a practice in his opening salvo. I am not in love with all the Hayes selection at No. 8. He’s a large pick-and-roll dunker from the Tyson Chandler mould, which is a great fit on most rosters. But the Pelicans want shooters about Williamson to reevaluate his athleticism and Hayes hasn’t revealed any range outside the paint.
The good news is that Hayes has a excellent stroke at the free throw line (74 percent last season at Texas), so he could possibly stretch out and develop a jumper. That said, Lonzo Ball may shatter the lob listing with Williamson and Hayes running in the rim. Sheesh.
By making the trade with Atlanta, the Pelicans have dug out roughly $30 million in cap space, which they may use to buy more picks down the line or bring in some shooting ability to free up more room for the children. Do not be surprised if Griffin earns Jared Dudley, who spent four and a half seasons with Griffin at Phoenix, to help coach up the locker room and bring into a 3-and-D presence around the wing.
Oh, and by the way, they drafted the very best prospect since LeBron James.
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