Originally Posted by lankganglia
didn't philly get a pick for jrue? NO might be pretty good and that pick might end up a lot higher than philly had hoped
Yes, the Pelicans traded their 2014 first rounder to Philly as part of the trade for Jrue. But the pick has protections. On draft night, ESPN reported that the pick is protected 1-5 next year.
So, the Pelicans obtaining Tyreke can be viewed as good and bad news, in my opinion. Depends how you look at it. You're right that the Pelicans might do better than Philly had hoped. The Pelicans drafted 6th in 2013, and that would be perfect for Philly next year because it would be the highest spot at which they can get the Pelicans pick; and Philly definitely wants the pick in 2014. But, on the other hand, one might also view this as an insurance policy to ensure that the Pelicans have enough offensive talent to remain competitive even if Gordon goes down with injury. If you're Philly, you want the Pelicans to suck enough for the pick to be good, but you don't want them to suck so bad that the pick falls into the protected range.