Pacers, Pelicans Among Potential OG Anunoby Suitors?

Appearing on FanDuel TV (Twitter video link), Shams Charania of The Athletic adds a couple more teams to the list of potential OG Anunoby suitors, suggesting that the Pacers and Pelicans have registered some interest in the Raptors forward and are worth keeping an eye on.

Anunoby would have local appeal in Indiana, having played his college ball for the Hoosiers before he was drafted by Toronto in 2017. He would also make sense as a long-term fit among a Pacers core that includes guards Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin and center Myles Turner.

The retooling Pacers may not be in position to offer up many of their own draft picks for a player like Anunoby, but they do control 2023 first-rounders from Cleveland (top-14 protected) and Boston (top-12 protected). Those picks – especially Boston’s – figure to land late in the first round, but could be used to help sweeten a trade offer.

New Orleans, meanwhile, remains well stocked with draft assets as a result of blockbuster trades involving Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Besides holding all their own future first-rounders and a handful of swaps, the Pelicans also control the Lakers’ unprotected 2024 pick (with the option to defer it to 2025) and the Bucks’ unprotected 2027 pick.

Those extra selections would put the Pelicans in position to make a strong offer for Anunoby without mortgaging their future. In New Orleans, the former Hoosier could supplement a core that features Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum and could form a fearsome defensive duo alongside talented young forward Herbert Jones.

Charania reiterates that Phoenix and New York are among the other teams with interest in Anunoby, while Ian Begley of confirms that the Knicks conveyed to the Raptors earlier in the season that they were comfortable offering three first-round picks for the 25-year-old. Michael Grange of reported this morning that the Knicks were widely believed to be willing to make that sort of offer.

Begley stresses that those conversations about Anunoby occurred before the Knicks reeled off eight straight wins in December and says it’s unclear what sort of protections would have been on those first-rounders. New York controls a handful of protected picks from other clubs, as we outlined in our earlier story.

Anunoby is currently sidelined due to a sprained left wrist, but Charania hears that the injury is not considered serious and that the forward could return to action when the Raptors return to Toronto next week following the conclusion of their current road trip.

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