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Rumor: Pelicans discussed trading 4th pick to Timberwolves for Robert Covington, 11th pick

Robert Covington, Timberwolves, Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have discussed potentially trading their fourth overall pick in exchange for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 11th overall pick and forward Robert Covington, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

Pelicans vice-president David Griffin was been intent in trading the No. 4 pick, which New Orleans received as part of the package in return for Anthony Davis when trading with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Griffin will already have the undisputed No. 1 selection in Zion Williamson and while the organization explored the potential to trade for the No. 2 pick in hopes to draft Williamson’s college teammate R.J. Barrett, but those were largely speculative.

The new front office boss is reportedly trying to get another first-rounder and a player on a good contract in return for the No. 4 pick.

The Timberwolves have been aggressively shopping the 11th overall selection in hopes of moving up, and that fourth pick would put them right on the sweet spot to draft a big-time contributor to kickstart Gersson Rosas’ tenure as the full-fledged general manager.

Rosas has not been trigger shy since joining the Wolves this summer, conducting a coaching search, opting to keep Ryan Saunders at the helm, hiring David Vanterpool as Saunders’ top assistant and getting a reputable right-hand man of his own in the front office in Gianluca Pascucci.

Covington has been a bright player, but his injuries have concerned this team moving forward. He is owed a dash more than $36 million for the next three years, a contract that could prove helpful for a team in rebuilding mode.