As the NBA draft draws near, the New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as potential contenders for highly regarded point guard Scoot Henderson, who is expected to be in the top three picks on June 22nd.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, there are rumors suggesting the Pelicans could consider trading Zion Williamson to secure a top three spot and take on Henderson. Stein notes a growing sense of frustration within the organization at Williamson’s continued availability and overall approach.
Despite missing the entire previous season due to foot surgery, the Pelicans renewed a sizeable five-year, maximum $194.3 million contract with Williamson, who only played 29 games last season due to a hamstring injury. However, recent developments suggest the team is poised to explore alternative options.
New Orleans, currently drafted No. 14, could potentially pool this pick with Williamson and other talent for a higher position and an opportunity to draft Henderson. Notably, the Pelicans are reportedly less inclined to involve Brandon Ingram in such a trade.
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to pick French phenomenon Victor Wembanyama as their No. 1 pick, followed by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 2 and the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 3.
When healthy, Williamson was dominant. Last regular season, he averaged 29.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 29 starts.
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