They could even try to pair him with Anthony Davis.
Davis will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and signing him to an extension before then is unrealistic. So, any team trading for the Pelicans star would be taking a major risk.
Obviously, that risk would be somewhat mitigated by the presence of Irving. Davis is more likely to stay with a co-star.
But the timing here is extremely difficult.
Russell will be a restricted free agent this summer. So, he'd have to agree to a sign-and-trade to New Orleans. Likewise, it sounds as if Brooklyn's offer for Davis is predicated on getting Irving first. That's a lot of moving parts.
Plus, the draft is before free agency. So, if the Nets are sending 2019 picks to New Orleans, who makes those selections? Would Brooklyn pick on behalf of the Pelicans just in case the teams later trade? Would the Pelicans reject other trade offers before/during the draft in case this scenario comes to fruition?
This seems very difficult to pull off.
More likely is the reverse: The Nets try to trade for Davis in June and use him as a draw for Irving. But Russell couldn't be part of that deal. Still, Brooklyn could built an intriguing package from Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris and picks.
But if the Nets trade all those assets for Davis then don't sign Irving or another star, how likely would Davis be to stay in 2020?
From every direction, this plan will be extremely difficult for Brooklyn to execute.