Quiet Pelicans conduct pre-draft workouts

Quiet Pelicans conduct pre-draft workouts

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Their words have been scarce, or even non-existent this offseason, but for the Pelicans, their work has apparently been steady.

Last week the Pelicans added another member to the front office when they hired Danny Ferry in a special advisory role.

On Monday, Ferry, Dell Demps and Alvin Gentry were conducting pre-draft workouts with 12 prospects.True to form, none of them spoke to reporters about their off-season or draft plans. But prospects like Kansas' Perry Ellis and Oregon State's Gary Payton II are well aware of the organization and are ready to contribute if New Orleans became their professional home.

"They get up and down the floor, get up and down with a fast-pace," Ellis said. "It's something I like doing. At Kansas we got up the floor a lot and I'm just looking to make an impact in any way I can."

"I see myself coming here, helping, back up for whoever and try to give that energy and defensive urgency to the team," Payton added.

None of these prospects working out here today will be an option for Pelicans in the first round when they pick sixth overall, but several could be when they pick in the second round with the 39th and 40th picks.

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