If that’s the case, this was a big missed opportunity.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
The Pelicans are going nowhere this season. They’re 20-33 – six games and four teams out of playoff position.
The only thing Anderson can help them accomplish the rest of the season is lose lottery position.
A second-rounder isn’t much, but it’s better than the Pelicans would’ve gotten if Anderson walks in free agency.
And I wouldn’t assume that was New Orleans’ best offer.