NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets are giving stronger
consideration to selecting a guard with their fourth overall pick
in the NBA draft next month, general manager Allan Bristow said.
Bristow's comments came after the Hornets wound up with a worse-than-expected pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. Because of their 18-64 record, the worst in franchise history, the Hornets had good odds of getting one of the top two picks in Tuesday night's lottery, but slipped to fourth.
That means New Orleans' chances of getting either of the two most coveted frontcourt players in the draft -- North Carolina's Marvin Williams and Utah's Andrew Bogut -- are very slim unless one
of them is passed up by Milwaukee, Atlanta and Portland, who pick
first through third.
"We're a little disappointed we didn't get in the top three,
but we still have the possibility of getting the best player in the
draft," Bristow said. "I don't think this draft has a definitely
LeBron James or Tim Duncan. This draft could surprise a lot of
people with how deep it is."
Bristow said the Hornets will be inviting the three top-rated
point guards in the draft for workouts slated for next week, along
with a couple of high school prospects and several others.
"We said all along we want to carry three point guards,"
Bristow said. "Because we might bring in a rookie point guard, it
might take some time. So it wouldn't necessarily mean we'd have to do something with either" Dickau or Claxton.
Bristow said Wake Forest sophomore Chris Paul, Illinois junior Deron Williams and North Carolina junior Raymond Felton will work
out next week, as will high-school senior shooting guards Gerald
Green of Gulf Shores (Texas) Academy and Martell Webster of Seattle Prep.