According to reports, the New Orleans Pelicans hope to enter into a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, receiving the second aggregate stake against their fourth Los Angeles Lakers stake (plus additional compensation), to claim RJ Barrett tomorrow 2019 NBA Draft.
If you think the rumors are being spread by the New York media.
Two days ago, Marc Berman of the New York Post published an article on how the pelicans could control the fate of Knicks this year's draft.
According to an NBA source, New Orleans has explored the retreat to gain more fortune, and held internal talks to make the second choice to make Memphis' selection and RJ Barrett for a team with his Duke Compadre to design Zion Williamson. Barrett and Williamson are best friends.
This trade-up maneuver, unlikely, would make Murray State's Yes Morant fall to # 3 on the Knicks. But that was also before Morant underwent a knee operation recently.
According to an NBA executive who spoke to the Knicks, President Steve Mills is determined to make the third choice and is pleased to meet Morant or Barrett, the 6-foot-7 Duke Lefty Swingman. While the Knicks were open to pulling back after the lottery for an incredible offer, they can now stay comfortable.
Then Peter Vecsey, a long-time sports columnist from NYC, posted a similar shot on Twitter.
NOLA I've heard that it's about collecting assets to skip Knicks into the second slot and catch RJ Barrett. Apparently, Pels Grizz offers No 4 Pick as a partial payment. There are no pity parties planned. NY would land Morant or Garland. Memphis would pluck dot sinking …
̵1; Peter Vecsey (@ PeterVecsey1) June 20, 2019
Oddly enough, I find it hard to believe that this story has much value.
David Griffin has already agreed with the Lakers on the deal with Anthony Davis, who has hit Lonzo Ball as point guard and Brandon Ingram as a small striker. Alvin Gentry and Griffin have praised each of these players at different times in the past, long before they were ever destined for New Orleans. With Jrue Holiday at the two, the starting grid seems ready for next season.
Numerous talent scouts have also stated that Ja Morant is the second-best player in the draft. If you missed it, the Grizzlies traded Mike Conley Jr. today. In return for the jazz, Memphis received three wings: Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen and Kyle Korver. Should we believe that the Grizz are excited to pull down and voluntarily take Darius Garland, who can not be a good mediator while a gaping hole sits on the Point Guard? Normally, when a team is in the middle of a renovation, quality comes before quantity. Outside of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant is the only player who is believed to have the potential of a star of this design class.
A swap and a reprieve that wants to pay a hefty price for assets to rise in the draft and select RJ Barrett while Morant is still on the board The Front Office is entertaining. If anyone does, please explain it to me in the comments below!