Report: Pelicans to send Tim Frazier to Wizards for 52nd overall pick
The New Orleans Pelicans have set the wheels in motion to trade point guard Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for the 52nd overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, then rectified by Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, assuring the deal is likely to happen.
The Wizards’ trading for Frazier is in hope to finally get a decent point guard to back up All-Star dime wizard John Wall, who has had several back-ups fail during short tenures with the team, most notably the complete disappearing act by late-season signing Brandon Jennings.
Washington has the ability to absorb the 6-foot-1 point guard’s $2.1 million salary with its $2.3 million trade exception.
The Pelicans, who are without a pick in the first round, now have the rights to the 40th and 52nd selection, hoping to gather some young talent to give Fire and Ice the help they need to make them contenders in a stacked Western Conference.
Frazier carried the load admirably during Jrue Holiday‘s start-of-the-season absence, finishing out the year with averages of 7.1 points, 5.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals throughout last season.