The NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, with the New Orleans Pelicans emerging victorious in Chicago, as they've earned the rights to select Zion Williamson out of Duke.
Prior to the lottery, reports surfaced that the New York Knicks would potentially trade the first overall pick (if they got it) to New Orleans for Anthony Davis.
That's not the case anymore, but the Knicks general manager Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills were still spotted talking to Pelicans general manager David Griffin on Wednesday night. After all, the Pelicans getting that coveted pick, while an AD trade potentially necessitates a full rebuild, opens up a whole new can of worms.
Perry-Mills chatting with New Orleans GM David Griffin in Hilton lobby. pic.twitter.com/pSApWjSjkW— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 16, 2019
Of course, NBA executives talk to each other all the time, and this was likely a casual conversation congratulating each other on their respective lottery nights.
However, that doesn't mean both sides won't talk prior to the NBA Draft this June. The Knicks own the third overall pick, and if Davis stands firm in his desire to leave New Orleans, that selection could be a desirable one for the Pelicans.
Brian Windhorst explains how the Knicks have the best offer for Anthony Davis and how the Pelicans aren't interested in making a deal with the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/GiHZuTxLYW— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 15, 2019
If the trade were to hypothetically go down, the Pelicans would pair R.J. Barrett with Williamson, while the Knicks get their superstar in Davis, who could potentially team up with the likes of Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving.
Don't get too excited about the Knicks and Pelicans spotted chatting it up in a hotel lobby, because that's how you get your hopes up. But the NYK are likely the best fit for a draft day deal.