The New Orleans Pelicans are heading into Thursday night’s NBA draft with no selection in the first or second rounds for the first time in 12 years. But that could change if the Pelicans are able to find a willing trade partner.

According to Pelicans coach Monty Williams, they have actively pursued options to get back in the NBA draft after surrendering their first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers that was part of last year's draft night trade.

''If there's an opportunity to get in the draft, we're going to look at it,'' Williams said. ''The one thing we don't want to do is be aggressive and put ourselves in a position to where we're hamstrung for awhile and can't make moves for the future.

''But our focus has been on the moves we think we can make, whether it be in the draft or free agency.We watched a lot of film and have had a lot of discussions with (general ganager) Dell (Demps) and his group about what we can do to help our team.''

Williams speculated that various trade discussion among teams is likely to pick up heading into Thursday night. The Pelicans, along with the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors, are the only teams without a selection in either round of the draft that is considered to be one of the deepest in several years.

According to league sources, the Pelicans are still having conversations with several teams about trying to trade into the first round to select a center or small forward, their two greatest need areas.

One internet report speculated over the weekend the Pelicans have had conversations with the Sacramento Kings to secure their eighth overall pick in the first round in exchange for starting point guard Jrue Holiday.