WESTWEGO, La. – Monty Williams knows one thing about the 10th pick in the June 28 NBA draft – it gives the Hornets incredible flexibility, an enviable position to be in in one of the deepest drafts in years.
“A lot of teams are calling for it, like trades,” Williams, the Hornets’ coach, said Friday. “They want to get rid of (or) move a guy who makes a ton of money but he’s a good player, they’d rather start off and get a rookie. The 10th pick gives us some flexibility in that regard.”
The Hornets have the No. 1 pick as well and will work out Anthony Davis, the expected top selection, on Tuesday.
But with the No. 10 pick, New Orleans can go in many directions. John Reid of the Times-Picayune reported that the Hornets’ Monday draft workouts will consist of point guards and shooting guards, positions of need.
Williams, though, didn’t sound bound by position of need for his second selection.
“We may be in a situation where we just have to take the most-talented guy and live with it and work around it,” Williams said. “I think some guys are going to move up. I think a couple of guys may slip a little bit and that may benefit us.”
The Hornets previously worked out five big men and four backcourt players, including North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller and John Henson and Duke’s Austin Rivers.