The New Orleans Pelicans have traded the No. 53 draft pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for $2 million in cash considerations, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. The deal now gives the Sixers three selections in Thursday night’s draft and brings the Pelicans draft stock to four picks from five.
The Pelicans have been busy leading up to the draft, trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe and picks No. 10 and 40 to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas and draft picks No. 17 and 51. The Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors are all reportedly interested in the All-Star guard, and perhaps grabbing more draft picks would help sweeten the deal to get someone like a Bradley Beal from the Wizards.