The New Orleans Pelicans undid many of the mistakes they made last offseason by dumping two bad contracts to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
By moving down seven spots in Thursday’s draft and sending a 2022 first-round pick (acquired from the Lakers) to Memphis, the Pelicans were able to avoid paying Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe $35.1 million next season, thereby creating significant cap space ahead of free agency.
All signs point toward the Pelicans pursuing one of the premier players on the market: point guard Kyle Lowry.
Before free agency madness begins, our Pelicans crew got together to discuss the draft, Lowry’s fit in New Orleans and more.
The Pelicans took two forwards who were upperclassmen in Thursday’s draft: Virginia’s Trey Murphy III at No. 17 and Alabama’s Herb Jones at No. 35. What did you think of the selections?
Christian Clark: As a junior, Murphy shot 50.3% from the field, 43.3% from 3 and 92.7% from the free-throw line. Grabbing a shooter like that at the 17th slot is a good outcome. Murphy can’t do much off the dribble right now, but he’s accurate from a standstill, moves without the ball and finishes at the rim well, and competes defensively. He’s also huge; at the combine, he measured 6-foot-9 in shoes with a 7-foot wingspan.
Jones, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, is a special defender. It’s fun to watch the sheer amount of ground he can…