Big buzz in the NBA ahead of the upcoming draft. I New Orleans Pelicans ready for anything to get to Scoot Henderson.
The 2023 Draft will be about more than just Victor Wembanyama, betrothed to the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, there is also great anticipation for Scoot Henderson, coming off a G-League season with the Ignite, the team created by the NBA itself to provide an alternative to college for young prospects.
The New Orleans Pelicans seem willing to do anything to get to Henderson, the protagonist of an excellent workout in recent days with Charlotte. The Hornets seem increasingly determined to select him at #2, although in the background there is also the alternative Brandon Miller, outgoing from the University of Alabama.
The Pelicans reportedly offered even Brandon Ingram at Hornets to get the second overall pick, to spend on Henderson. But there’s more: also Zion Williamson would be on the market. According to Marc Stein, in fact, New Orleans is fed up with the physical problems and behavior of Williamson, who was recently at the center of a scandal over his affair with a porn star. And as a precaution, in case Charlotte decides to keep his pick, the Pelicans have also contacted Portland, holder of the #3 pick. The hope in this case would be Henderson’s descent to #3 but we would also settle for Miller himself.
New Orleans, in short, seems intent on trying the route of a new rebuilding, closing the current cycle that so far has not brought satisfaction. A radical change, renouncing Williamson and/or Ingram, for whom assumptions of trade after the draft, as the intention to refound appears now clear.