Just when everybody was talking about the New York Knicks and their chances to get the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft and become the biggest winner of the night and the offseason, the New Orleans Pelicans arrived to crush the Knickerbockers’ aspirations and told otherwise. Even though they had only a 6 percent chance of getting the number one selection of the draft, New Orleans did it against the 14 percent that Knicks, Suns, and Cavaliers had.
As everyone can imagine, and if nothing incredible happens, the Pelicans will be selecting Duke product Zion Williamson, something that changed the way this offseason is going to look like in several forms. Not only for New Orleans but the Knicks themselves, who appeared to be frontrunners to acquire AD’s services if they got the longed-for pick.
Things will take a little change in the offseason, that was already expected to be entertaining, but now everything is going to the next level. If the Brow decides to leave, New Orleans will get something good in return for him, as even though Davis still wants to be traded, now the team won’t be ‘forced’ to trade to obtain a higher pick on draft night.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, now that Williamson is locked down, an Anthony Davis exit won’t be as painful as we initially thought it will be, and, the imminent arrival of Zion would make things a lot easier for the Pelicans.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
Winning the draft lottery opens a lot of doors for New Orleans. They will have the most hyped rookie in the league since LeBron James and even though they will say goodbye to their franchise player, they’ll get other assets to help Williamson take this team to the top. There are 29 organizations that would do almost everything to have Anthony Davis within their ranks; now it’s up to the Pelicans to see what’s the best package for them and their needs.