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SportNBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett

00:05  19 june  2019
00:05  19 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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With the 2019 NBA Draft just two days away, Duke forward Zion Williamson is still expected by most pundits to be taken by the New Orleans Pelicans with the No. 1 overall selection. Murray State’s Ja Morant and Williamson ’s Duke teammate, R . J . Barrett , are generally thought of as the likely second

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The Pelicans could be looking to draft a pair of former Duke stars.

New Orleans has “had internal talks about moving up to the second pick to take Memphis’ selection and draft RJ Barrett,” according to a report from the New York Post, which cites an unidentified league source. The Pelicans also hold the No. 1 pick and are widely expected to select Barrett’s friend and 2018-19 Blue Devils teammate, Zion Williamson.

Williamson and Barrett led Duke to a 32-6 record and an appearance in the Elite Eight, where they fell to Michigan State. The pair combined to average 45.2 points per game.

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Zion Williamson . New York. RJ Barrett . If you find any inaccuracies or unlisted outstanding trades , please contact NBADraft .net (be specific, and provide a link if possible) and we'll correct them. For more info on traded picks please visit: NBA .com Transaction Page ESPN - NBA Transactions.

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“We are just happy for each other,” Williamson said about Barrett in March (via The State). “When one of us gets a fast break, the other is behind them saying show me something. We always boost each other up.

“We like to celebrate for each other, so whenever one of us gets it done, you’ll probably see the other one in the background jumping just as high as him.”

The Pelicans reportedly agreed to one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend when they sent star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.

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Duke product and NBA draft prospect RJ Barrett seemed destined to land with the New York If the Pelicans move up to No . 2 and draft Barrett , the Knicks will surely respond by selecting their point There was some concern about Barrett taking too many of Williamson 's shots during their time at

True, a pairing of Zion and Davis may be worth risking until the trade deadline, but the Pelicans risk losing out on the best package possible Source: Barring the unexpected, Memphis Grizzlies front office and ownership appear to have locked in on selecting Ja Morant with the No . 2 pick in the 2019

They could flip that pick in order to move up for Barrett and they’re also considering moving back, according to a report from ESPN.

New Orleans has been linked to a potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal, as well.

New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

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