Yahoo Sports reports that the New Orleans Pelicans are "aggressively" trying to trade into the first round of the NBA draft to acquire a wing or big man.
Pelicans aggressively trying to trade into 1st round in hopes of drafting a small forward or center, sources say.2014 1st dealt in Jrue deal— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 14, 2014
That trade at last year's draft sent the No. 6 pick and their top-five protected first-rounder to Philadelphia for former All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday missed most of the season after a leg injury, along with nearly the entire Pelicans roster.
The issue here is that the Pelicans are short on assets they can move that aren't considerable. There are definitely teams trying to move their picks, with teams as high as the No. 8 Kings open to the possibility, but the Pelicans' roster is top heavy. If they're willing to part with Eric Gordon, even on that sizeable contract, and another future first, they might be able to move into the teens and acquire someone like Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic, K.J. McDaniel, or C.J. Wilcox.
There have been rumors that Michigan center Mitch McGary has a promise in the 20's, but if for some reason he slips into the second round, where most mocks have him located, the Pelicans might be able to package lesser assets to grab him in the high second.
Their pursuit of a center is additionally interesting considering they elected last year to trade Robin Lopez to make room to sign Tyreke Evans, and played Anthony Davis at five a considerable amount. Davis is better at power forward, but this seems an awful lot like trying to undo mistakes that were made last year in trade.