Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin said New Orleans is creating the "right environment" to attract top draft prospects like Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, and to potentially retain Anthony Davis.
Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon has been hired as the Pelicans' new GM.
Zion Williamson's stepfather says the Duke star is excited about New Orleans, shooting down speculation that the 18-year-old could spurn the draft and return to school.
The Grizzlies have told interested parties at the NBA draft combine that they intend to select Murray State guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the draft, provided the Pelicans take Zion Williamson at No. 1, sources told ESPN.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry didn't hold back in celebrating the team winning the right to draft Zion Williamson, which he hopes can persuade Anthony Davis to rescind a trade demand and stay in New Orleans.
Despite heading into the NBA draft lottery with just a 6 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick, the Pelicans ended the night having won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.
After months of trade speculation surrounding Anthony Davis, GM David Griffin and the Pelicans suddenly have a new path in front of them, thanks to winning the Zion Williamson lottery.