Brian Roberts Hopes to Play for Pelicans
Since the regular season ended just more than a month ago, New Orleans Pelicans backup guard Brian Roberts hasn’t paid much attention to the upcoming NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night.
But whether the Pelicans pick up the option on Roberts’ contract to retain him could largely depend on where they are slotted for the upcoming June 27 NBA draft.
If the Pelicans draft (Trey) Burke and they already have starter Greivis Vasquez, they could opt not to keep Roberts, especially with Austin Rivers having the ability to play both guard positions. But some of the mock drafts also have Pelicans addressing their need to improve their small forward spot by drafting Georgetown’s Otto Porter or UNLV’s Anthony Bennett if they can land one of the top three draft spots.
“Right now I’m just trying to see how things play out,’’ Roberts said. “I haven’t talked to coach or management about that kind of stuff as of yet. But I’m pretty confident something can be worked out.’’