Yesterday, the Portland Trail Blazers traded CJ McCollum, Larry, Nance, Jr., and Tony Snell to the Pelicans for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, and Didi Louzada. The deal also gave Portland two future second round picks and a 2022 first round pick, if that pick falls between the fifth and 14th spots.
According to NOLA.com writer Christian Clark, if the Pelicans hold onto their 2022 first round pick, the Blazers will instead receive a top-four protected 2025 first round pick from the Milwaukee Bucks.
If Milwaukee’s 2025 first round pick lands in the top four and doesn’t end up going to Portland, ESPN writer Andrew Lopez confirmed the Blazers would then receive two future second round picks from New Orleans. Those picks would be “the better of New Orleans’ and Portland’s 2026 second round pick” and a 2027 second round pick.
So full pick compensation update for the trade:— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 9, 2022
- 2022 1st-round pick (1-4 protected that converts to a 1-4 protected 2025 Bucks pick that converts to two 2nds if not conveyed then)
- the better of New Orleans’ and Portland’s 2026 2nd-round draft pick
- 2027 2nd-round draft pick https://t.co/2sbhOM33ZY
This means that if the Pelicans’ 2022 first round pick lands either in the top four or outside the top 14, Portland’s acquired draft capital becomes far less valuable.
Portland will be watching the Pelicans and McCollum with great interest for the rest of the season. If the Pelicans make a run to the Playoffs, it’ll cost Portland an important roster-building tool.
New Orleans currently sits in the Play-In field at 10th in the Western Conference standings with a 22-32 record.