Pelicans lose first round pick to Kings in NBA Draft after lottery

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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.

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