Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Sean Payton wastes no time recruiting Zion Williamson to Saints

Sean Payton wastes no time recruiting Zion Williamson to Saints

Whether Anthony Davis remains in their future or not, Pelicans fans were rewarded for having their franchise turned upside down on the whim of an entitled star, and will now get to cheer on one of the most likeable players on the planet and a walking highlight reel who will help bring wins, positive attention and legitimacy to the organization. Let's take a look.

It looks like Zion Williamson will begin his career in New Orleans.

It is only the second time in franchise history New Orleans will select first.

Knicks fans were devastated and instead of picking Williamson, they are looking at either Murray State's Ja Morant (if Memphis doesn't snatch him up at No. 2) or Williamson's college teammate RJ Barrett. The C's now own the No. 14, 20 and 22 overall picks in this year's draft.

But now, the Lakers have a very real chance at getting back into the conversation.

And the Lakers will strongly fancy their chances after jumping up to No 4 in the draft. The Los Angeles Lakers landed the fourth overall pick and the speculations from around the league is that they will make it the centerpiece of a trade package that they will offer to the Pelicans.

New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin holds up a placard after it was announced that his team had won the first pick during the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Chicago.

The Hawks split their lottery luck in Chicago Tuesday night. "So now all of a sudden things might not be as rosy and as plentiful as far as trade value goes for the Boston Celtics".

Boston, still hoping to convince Irving to stay, could offer any combination of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams (who prepped at North Caddo) as well a high-number deal like Al Horford (one year left at $30,123,014) if he opts in.

The 26-year old superstar will become a free agent in the summer of 2020 if the Pelicans fail to either sign him to a supermax extension or find a trade partner before the February 2020 deadline.

It's all up in the air.

However, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst (H/T Bleacher Report), the Pelicans remain uninterested in trading Davis to the Lakers.

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