WESTWEGO, La. - The New Orleans Hornets found a way to double their number of first-round draft picks.
Time will tell if the move – which includes getting University of Washington forward Quincy Pondexter in a trade with Oklahoma City – pays off in the form of more wins.
The Hornets agreed to trade 11th overall draft pick Cole Aldrich and veteran shooting guard Morris Peterson to the Thunder during the first round of the draft on Thursday night in a deal that will give New Orleans the rights to the Thunder draft picks Pondexter and Craig Brackins.
The 6-foot-6 Pondexter, picked 26th, averaged 19.3 points and 7.4 rebounds for Washington last season.
The 6-10 Brackins, a forward, was taken 21st overall. He averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior at Iowa State last season.
The move cannot become official until July 8, when the NBA’s new salary cap takes effect.
“We thought multiple picks was something we wanted to pursue, particularly the opportunity to add two different types of players,” Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said.
Pondexter did not work out for the Hornets but was a known talent after starting 102 games in four seasons for the Huskies, who advanced to the third round of the 2010 NCAA tournament. At UW, he was not only a productive scorer but also a strong one-on-one and help defender.
Pondexter’s uncle, Cliff Pondexter, played at Long Beach State and with the Chicago Bulls. His father, Roscoe, also played at Long Beach State and played professionally overseas for 10 years.