Pelicans Apr 12, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Detailed view of the New Orleans Pelicans logo at mid court before the Play-In game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans may be planning a huge move on NBA Draft Day. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Pelicans are plotting a potential blockbuster trade to move up to target one of the best prospects in the 2023 Draft.

Charania broke the story on his Twitter account in a video published by Stadium.

“The Pelicans are expected to aggressively pursue a top pick, potentially 2 or 3, in this upcoming NBA Draft with their eyes set on Scoot Henderson,” Charania said.

While Victor Wembanyama has everyone’s attention at No. 1, ‘Who goes No. 2?’ remains a major question. Henderson and Alabama Crimson Tide star Brandon Miller, as Charania said, are two potential possibilities at No. 2.

The Charlotte Hornets currently own the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. So any trade that New Orleans wants to negotiate will have to go through them. If they’re as aggressive as Charania makes them out to be, a blockbuster trade could potentially be in the works.

The Pelicans have their forward situation pretty ironed out, so the fact that they want a guard in Scoot Henderson isn’t surprising. Henderson has scouts raving over his abilities, he just happens to be in the same draft class as Wembanyama.

The NBA world spent the afternoon reacting to this major trade rumor.

[Shams Charania]

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