Draft analysts anticipated the Pelicans would select a point guard in the first round. Well, New Orleans acquired a point guard, but he's a veteran player, who made the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2013.
Jrue Holiday became a member of the Pelicans, when New Orleans used its 6th overall pick to select Kentucky Center Nerlens Noel. The Pelicans then traded Noel and a protected 1st round pick in 2014 to Philadelphia for Holiday and a 2nd round pick this year.
Holiday has been in the NBA since 2009 and he's coming off his best season. The former UCLA standout averaged nearly 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds a game last season. Holiday also agreed to a four-year contract extension last season.
The Pelicans used the 2nd round pick from Philly to select Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson. The former junior college All-American put up big numbers last season in Waco, Texas. Jackson averaged nearly 20 points and 7 assists and he was named the NIT's Most Valuable Player.
New Orleans will be able to keep its 2014 first round selection, if its a top five pick.
The trade is still not official as the NBA has to approve the deal.