The New Orleans Pelicans are targeting a veteran “stretch” power forward with the No. 4 overall draft pick, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.
The Pelicans have been linked to Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love within the past 48 hours, though Andrews did not specify if Love or any other player is on their radar.
“What they really want to see if a veteran big man get put on the table,” Andrews said on ESPN’s Get Up. “”They need a veteran big to stretch the floor for Zion (Williamson) so he’s not playing on the inside all the time.”
Pelicans chief of basketball operations David Griffin has a close relationship with Cavs general manager Koby Altman, as Altman worked under Griffin during Griffin’s reign as Cavs GM.
The Pelicans owns the Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks in the first round, while the Cavs are sitting at Nos. 5 and 26. New Orleans has talked with a number of teams about the fourth pick — which remains somewhat of a mystery in terms of who will be selected.
Love, 30, is about to enter the first year of a four-year contract extension that will pay him $120 million.