The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t defy the odds, after all.
Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery ended the Pelicans’ chances at keeping its first-round draft selection, missing out on the pick’s top-three protection, forced to send it to the Sacramento Kings to complete February’s trade for DeMarcus Cousins.
New Orleans entered the lottery with the 10th best odds to obtain a top-three pick, holding out hope that its 4 percent likelihood of moving up became a reality. It didn’t.
Read how the rest of the lottery unfolded here.