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Kings, Blazers, Pelicans Seen As Teams Likely To Consider Trading Picks

May 20, 2022 12:03 PM

The Sacramento Kings were one of the big winners at the NBA Draft Lottery, as they jumped up to the fourth overall pick. The Portland Trail Blazers slid back a selection, while the New Orleans Pelicans held pat with the pick they got from the Los Angeles Lakers.

What those three have in common is that all are seen as teams likely to consider trading their picks for win-now veteran help.

The Kings desperately want to snap their 16-year playoff drought. If they can move the fourth overall pick to bring in a veteran to aid in a playoff push, it's something Sacramento is expected to strongly consider.

Portland is resetting their roster after not trading Damian Lillard and is known to be looking for veteran help. New Orleans is hoping to make a push up the standings with a healthy roster next season. Both teams would like to add players to help in a playoff push, as opposed to selecting a developmental prospect in the middle of the lottery.

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Magic Win 2022 NBA Draft Lottery; Thunder, Rockets, Kings Round Out Top-4

May 17, 2022 8:20 PM

The Orlando Magic have won the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery for the fourth time in franchise history. 

Some combination of Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero are expected to be the top-3 selections in the draft. ESPN's Jonathan Givony projects Smith going No. 1 to the Magic, followed by Holmgren to the Thunder, Banchero to the Rockets, Shaedon Sharpe to the Kings, and Keegan Murray to the Pistons. 

1. Magic

2. Thunder

3. Rockets

4. Kings

5. Pistons

6. Pacers

7. Blazers

8. Pelicans (via LAL)

9. Spurs

10. Wizards

11. Knicks

12. Thunder (via LAC)

13. Hornets

14. Cavaliers

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Pelicans Not Eager To Trade Devonte' Graham

May 11, 2022 11:14 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are not as motivated to trade Devonte' Graham this offseason as they were last year with Eric Bledsoe, sources tell Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Graham fell out of the playoff rotation, but that may have been more due to injury misfortune than a personnel decision by Willie Green.

The Pelicans acquired Graham last offseason on a four-year, $47 million sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets. 

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Tags: Devonte' Graham, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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May 6, 2022 5:30 PM

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, Gambling

Pelicans Not Expected To Offer Fully Guaranteed Five-Year Max To Zion Williamson

May 3, 2022 12:58 PM

While Zion Williamson has gone on record that he is prepared sign an extension with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason, David Griffin is not necessarily expecting an easy resolution.

“Obviously, that conversation is going to be one that will be a challenge,” Griffin said last Friday. “When it's time to have that, we’ll have it. And right now what we're focused on is him being healthy, and (being in) kind of elite condition to play basketball and we'll start there.”

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Pelicans are expected to attach some stipulations where they won't offer Williamson a fully guaranteed five-year, $181 million max contract.

"I don't think they're offering a five-year max," said Windhorst. 

"I don't think they're going to want to guarantee the full five years. I think they'll come into it not wanting him to have a player option. In other words, it will be a five-year contract and we'll have protection. And they'll want to haggle over what constitutes the protection."

Windhorst then said he expects the contract talks to be similar to the one Joel Embiid signed in 2017 with the Philadelphia 76ers. Windhorst cautioned that the difference between the two situations is that Embiid was on the same page with the 76ers at the time.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zion Williamson On New Orleans: I Want To Be Here

May 1, 2022 8:50 AM

Zion Williamson is running out of ways to say he wants to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson said he'd sign a contract extension as soon as it is offered, but added some context beyond that.

“I can’t control rumors and how people feel about certain things,” Williamson said. “I said this in my interview with (Pelicans broadcaster) Antonio (Daniels). Anybody who knows me, knows I want to be here. If they feel otherwise, I can’t help that. But if you know me, you know I want to be here.”

Williamson is eligible to sign a projected five-year, $185.7 million extension this summer. That's a significant investment for New Orleans, but their young star is eager to put his injuries behind him.

"Being real, it sucks watching from the sideline. I just want to be out there," Williamson said. "Just seeing the potential. We have a lot of great pieces. I’m excited to get out on the court with those guys.”

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zion Williamson Intends To Sign Max Extension With Pelicans If Offered

Apr 29, 2022 3:09 PM

Zion Williamson plans to sign an extension with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason if he's offered it by the franchise.

"Of course," Williamson said. "I couldn't sign it fast enough."

Williamson is eligible to sign a five-year, $181 million max rookie extension this summer. The deal could be elevated should Williamson make an All-NBA team in 2023.

Williamson started playing 5-on-5 with teammates and coaches late in the season and into New Orleans' playoff run. Williamson was never cleared to play actual games as a decision was collectively made to prioritize his long-term health.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

CJ McCollum Plans To Retire With Pelicans, Eligible For Extension On Aug. 9

Apr 27, 2022 3:25 PM

CJ McCollum has been with the New Orleans Pelicans for less than three months, but he is already fully committed to the franchise.

“I’m not going nowhere. I’m here,” McCollum recently told Andscape. “Where am I going to go? Leave for what? I want to retire here. I’m 30 years old and I have a son who is 13 weeks old. I’m married. When you have something good, you hold on to it. This is something fun for both sides. We’re going to grow. I’m still learning the city. I’m going to find a house.”

McCollum and the Pelicans reached the playoffs out of the Play-In despite not having Zion Williamson in the lineup.

McCollum will be eligible for a three-year contract extension on August 9th.

"I can’t say anything about that," said McCollum. "We haven’t talked yet. I haven’t talked to upper management. But I told my wife before I left [Portland] that ‘Wherever I go, I want to finish my career. New Orleans is on the list of places I would like to finish my career.’ I told my agent that. I’m not about bouncing around. I don’t go through free agency. I’ve been in the league nine years. Have you ever seen me be a free agent?

"When I’m committed to something, I’m committed to it. New Orleans, in my mind, I’m finishing my career here. That is how I devote myself to a city, things and people."

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Tags: C.J. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds, NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions

Apr 17, 2022 8:30 AM

The Round 1 matchup between the Suns and Pelicans puts two of the best stories this NBA season against one another. Phoenix shook off its NBA Finals loss from a season ago and has been the favorites all year, while the Pelicans shook off a 1-12 start and won two play-in games to make the postseason—all without Zion Williamson. While this will likely be a short series, it won’t be short on entertainment thanks to the talent on both sides.

Ahead of Game 1, breaks down the series and makes our NBA picks to back on sports betting sites.


Suns vs Pelicans Odds

Market Suns Odds Pelicans Odds
To Win Series -2500 +1000
To Win 4-0 +200 +15000
To Win 4-1 +160 +9000
To Win 4-2 +360 +2000
To Win 4-3 +500 +2000
Total Games Played 7 Games 6 Games 5 Games 4 Games
Odds +425 +330 +200 +160

Odds via DraftKings and accurate as of publication.


Suns vs Pelicans Betting Tips

Suns Are as Balanced as It Gets: Phoenix is the only team in the NBA with a top-8 offense and defense, and the Suns are 5th in offense and 3rd in defense. They’re not just title contenders—they’re the easy favorite.

An NBA-best 32-9 home record, an NBA-best 32-9 road record (and the fifth best of all-time!), and an NBA-best +7.5 net rating. With Chris Paul healthy, this is the best and most balanced team from top to bottom in the NBA.

Might We See Zion Williamson? The Suns are going to win the series. Let’s be clear about that. But a return of Zion Williamson, who has been out all season with a foot injury, would bring a ton of intrigue.

Suddenly the Pelicans are looking at a core of Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, Williamson, and Jonas Valanciunas. Not awful. And maybe enough to steal one or two games. It’s unlikely Zion sees the court, but how fun would it be?


Hammer That Under: Sports betting apps will take it into account, but the Pelicans loved the under this season. Including the play-in games, the under has hit in 50 of the Pellies’ 84 games. That’s the second most unders in the league.

Phoenix was split right down the middle on over-unders at 41-41, but New Orleans is going to try to slow these games down to have a shot. We think the unders are a great play here.

Suns vs Pelicans Picks

New Orleans is an incredible story. A 1-12 start. A first-year head coach. No Zion Williamson all season. And yet, here they are. Unfortunately they’ve run into a buzzsaw in the Phoenix Suns, who are rested and motivated.

We think there’s a shot the Pelicans steal a game in New Orleans, but realistically we like the NBA odds that the Suns in four give us. This will be a sweep.


Suns vs Pelicans Schedule

Game 1: April 17, New Orleans at Phoenix, 9:00 p.m. ET, TNT

Game 2: April 19, New Orleans at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m ET, TNT

Game 3: April 22, Phoenix at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m ET, ESPN

Game 4: April 24, Phoenix at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m ET., TNT

Game 5-7: TBD if necessary


Mark Strotman, Bookies

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, NBA, Gambling

Play-In Results Shuffled Draft Board In Significant Ways

Apr 16, 2022 10:26 AM

One of the side effects of the Play-In Tournament was the major impact it had on the 2022 NBA Draft board. This season, multiple teams saw their 2022 draft pick situation change based on the results of the Play-In Tournament.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Atlanta Hawks, their pick went from being tied for 16/17 to 14. That pick was lottery-protected, so Cleveland will now keep the pick vs delivering it to the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers can receive a first-round selection from the Cavs next season, but it is also lottery-protected. It turns into two second-round picks if not conveyed in 2023.

The New Orleans Pelicans victory over the LA Clippers had an even bigger impact to the draft board. The Pelicans pick went from 11 to 15. That changed who New Orleans conveys that pick to from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets. Portland will now receive a top-4 protected Milwaukee Bucks (via New Orleans) in 2025.

The Clippers dropping into the lottery gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a second lottery selection. That pick is also non-protected. It's important to remember that LA once conveyed the first overall selection to Cleveland when they jumped to the top of the draft lottery.

The full pre-lottery first round order is:

  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Orlando Magic
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Sacramento Kings
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Los Angeles Lakers)
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Washington Wizards
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LA Clippers)
  13. Charlotte Hornets
  14. Cleveland Cavaliers
  15. Charlotte Hornets (via New Orleans Pelicans)
  16. Atlanta Hawks
  17. Houston Rockets (via Brooklyn Nets)
  18. Chicago Bulls/Minnesota Timberwolves
  19. Chicago Bulls/Minnesota Timberwolves
  20. Denver Nuggets/San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)
  21. Denver Nuggets/San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)
  22. Memphis Grizzlies (via Utah Jazz)
  23. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  24. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  25. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  26. Dallas Mavericks
  27. Golden State Warriors/Miami Heat
  28. Golden State Warriors/Miami Heat
  29. Memphis Grizzlies
  30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Phoenix Suns)

Ties will be broken by random drawing on Monday, April 18.

The Brooklyn Nets can receive the Philadelphia 76ers first-round selection, or Brooklyn can defer to receiving that pick at the 2023 draft instead.

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CJ McCollum: This Is The Start Of Something Special

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'No Chance' Zion Williamson Plays In Potential First Round Series

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NBA Play-In Tournament Field Set

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Zion Williamson's Stepdad Expects Him To Play This Season

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Pelicans Signing Jose Alvardo To 4-year, $6.5M Deal

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Zion Williamson Not Expected To Return This Season

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Tyrone Wallace, Pelicans Sign Second 10-Day Contract

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Pelicans To Sign Alize Johnson To Hardship 10-Day

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Pelicans To Sign Tyrone Wallace To 10-Day Contract

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Brandon Ingram Out At Least 7-10 Days With Mild Hamstring Strain

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Zion Williamson To Return To New Orleans To Continue Rehab

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Zion Williamson Showing Improvement, Will Soon Progress To Basketball Activity

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Alize Johnson, Pelicans Agree To 10-Day Contract

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CJ McCollum On Zion Williamson: Leave The Young Fella Alone, He's Trying To Rehab In Peace

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Teams Preparing For Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson Trade Demands

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CJ McCollum Hasn't Talked To Zion Williamson Since Trade To Pelicans

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Pelicans Offered Multiple Packages To Grizzlies At 2019 Draft For Ja Morant

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Zion Williamson May Need Second Surgery On Right Foot

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Pelicans Remain Unsure Of When Zion Williamson Will Return From Broken Foot

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Larry Nance Jr. Out Six Weeks With Meniscus Surgery

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