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Two Lottery Teams Likely to Trade Rights to No. 1 Pick


The dream of seeing an NBA squad made up entirely of Kentucky players may have to wait a little longer, according to  Allegedly, both the New Orleans Hornets Pelicans and the Orlando Magic, top-, er… bottom-five teams for this year’s draft lottery would trade the rights to the first pick, and pass on drafting Nerlens Noel. According to the site:

Sources around the NBA have told SheridanHoops that if the Orlando Magic or New Orleans Hornets win the lottery, they both would be strongly inclined to trade the pick to whichever fellow lottery team wants to pay the most for the right to draft Nerlens Noel.

The caveat for Orlando is that it does not want to lose out on Ben McLemore of Kansas, whom it covets the most, or Trey Burke/Victor Oladipo as a fallback. And it’s not that the Magic don’t like Noel. Rather, they don’t need him, already in possession of a top-tier NBA center on a rookie contract in two-year veteran Nikola Vucevic. Same with the Hornets and Anthony Davis.

The 2013 NBA draft lacks elite prospects of years past such as Davis, Kyrie Irving or Blake Griffin, clear  top picks regardless of who won the lottery. This year, Noel is the player atop the majority of draft boards but not quite on the same level as those other sure things.

Before anyone gets upset (besides me, a little bit), let’s look at why this is not a knock against Noel by either of these teams.

While probably no squad would question his motor or defensive abilities, sometimes there’s a type of player that you just don’t need, regardless of what he can do on the court.  The Pelicans have a pretty obvious, and legitimate, reason to try to shop their potential “Nerlens Pick”:  Anthony Davis.  There are a lot of differences in the games between Davis and Noel, but there are even more similarities.  Both guys are athletic, long, defensive-minded big men that can block a ton of shots.  Davis is better offensively, and Noel is more active on D (picking up steals, rebounds, etc.), but you can’t blame the Pelicans for not wanting to double up on one position when they have Austin Rivers to replace.

And that’s too bad, really, because how cool would it be to see Nerlens in N’awlins?  Noel in NOLA?  The headlines and marketing ploys basically write themselves.

And if Doron Lamb wanted to team up with Nerlens in Orlando, well, he’s probably out of luck, too.  The NBA’s worst team, with the best chance at landing the top pick, also have their center of the future in the aforementioned Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds this season.

Look for the Cavs to be willing to move up a couple of spots to draft Nerlens in order to help themselves inside, where they are sorely lacking.  Just don’t expect the Pelicans or the Magic to pick him up, should they win the upcoming lottery.

And, because it’s Friday and you and I both want some YouTube-age, let’s show them what they’re missing:

The silver lining?  Noel could still end up in Charlotte with MKG, making the Bobcats the early favorite for “Most Hustle” in next year’s awards season.

Article written by Corey Nichols

20 Comments for Two Lottery Teams Likely to Trade Rights to No. 1 Pick

  1. smh
    9:10 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I shoulda known this was a corey nichols ‘non-post’

  2. Matt
    9:12 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Nice post Corey. This is kind of obvious to anyone who follows the NBA but it is still interesting and we haven’t seen it posted on KSR until now. By far your best post in a while.

  3. Link
    9:13 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t get it…if Orlando wins the lottery, why don’t they just draft maclemore at 1? Or is it bc they don’t want to pay him number 1 money? If they traded me the right to one, I would pick maclemore at 1 then force it to where they had to pick Noel, then bargain for another trade of players or picks.

  4. Rixter
    9:18 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Corey, I’m sorry if these teams shatter YOUR dreams. After all, it is all about you.

  5. Rixter
    9:20 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    LOL @ the ‘best post in a while’ comment. Like telling Joker Phillips that last Photoshopped Gator ad was his ‘best in a while’!

  6. Axe Cop
    9:24 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Odd choice to include the play where Nerlens was injured in that video.

  7. Matt
    9:30 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    5. Haha I never said it was a great post. Just Corey’s best in a while. The guy gets blasted every damn day for his posts so the one day that it is at least average I wanted to take the chance to be nice for once.

    I know the idea of saying something nice in the comment section is foreign to you and most of the other people hiding behind their keyboards but since this wasn’t a direct copy and paste from one of Tyler’s night posts it was a big step up for Corey. I think alot of people see “Corey Nichols” at the top, skip the post, and come straight to the comment section to be a d1ck and make themselves feel better about their crappy lives.

  8. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    9:37 am May 3, 2013 Permalink


  9. me
    9:39 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    “Let’s look at why this is not a knock against Noel”…right after i told you how it’s not a knock on Noel.

    No kidding Corey – of course it’s not a knock because neither team needs that position, you should have spent your time giving an expert opinion…well, opinion…well, incoherent and illogical rambling…on teams that would liekly trade up to get that pick.


  10. The Real JD
    9:40 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones…………….layin’ the smack down in the comments section before the show starts! NICE!

  11. J in Orlando
    9:48 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    the Magic will not trade the first pick unless they get, well, more than theyre going to get…they will draft Noel if they have the first pick

  12. xvdk
    10:04 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    This is a stupid question, but I don’t really watch the NBA. What exactly does this mean? This post explains nothing to me.

  13. Spenser
    10:17 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I think teams in this year’s lottery should try and make trades in order to stockpile picks for next year. If a team could wind up with a lottery, a mid-late 1st round, and a second-round pick next year then they will definitely have something to look forward to. Next year’s draft is shaping up to be a great one and there will be a lot of talent to choose from in either round.

  14. Spenser
    10:21 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    12) Some NBA teams that have a chance at landing the number 1 overall pick do not need Nerlens on their team. However, there are several who covet Noel and would likely offer some great compensation. I mean, if you’re the Pistons (who are stacked in the post) and you win the lottery, then you don’t really need Nerlens. You would be better off trading out of the 1 spot and moving back in this draft or gathering picks for next year.

  15. Avery
    11:02 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens at either the Cavs with Kyrie Irving to make a good, young combo will be awesome, the Wizards for a better post player to provide Wall with someone to go to and defensive help, and the the bobcats with a string young team that with age will progressively get better. So those 3 teams I think are ideal for Nerlens and whichever organization

  16. catdaddyd
    11:23 am May 3, 2013 Permalink

    #13, #14 right on spot. I liked the article by Corey. Now if Davis were to play the 4 spot then Noel could play the 5 spot. Then again both were hurt last year, so…

  17. Jordan
    12:52 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I would still draft Nerlens #1 because he’ll be out most of the year, his team will still suck (which is why they got the pick in the first place) and you’ll still end up getting a high lottery pick next year

  18. AR
    1:19 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    #11, hope you’re right, would be nice to have Noel and hopefully Lamb as pieces to rebuild..just put him at the 4 on the front line with Vucevic

  19. KevinM
    4:12 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, let’s talk about how smart New Orleans and Orlando are to start with….one trades CP3 and the other trades Dwight Howard. NN is the best talent in this year’s draft, by far.
    I guess both teams forgot how dominant San Antonio became once Tim Duncan fell in their lap and out of Pinto’s grasp. The Spurs were average with David Robinson at best, then Duncan made them multi year champs.
    Yes, listen to Orlando and New Orleans because their history is so good!

  20. Toothless Temp
    4:36 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Does Matt Jones realize that maybe Corey gets blasted because he sucks…? Every time I see one of his posts the “This Is Why You Suck” rap pops in my head.