I understand that the mathematical formula values currents picks higher. I'm using my head and context though. The Pelicans literally cannot get a less valuable 1st than the 30th pick in this years draft. So let's take out one pick from Milwaukee and call that even. So now you're counting on 14 and 26 in a garbage draft to be better than 4 shots in 4 different drafts of varying strengths. If I'm the Pelicans, I look at this and say I don't need three guys in a bad draft. There isn't anyone I want to move up and get. My window hasn't opened yet. I'll kick the tires down the road and either hit the jackpot if Giannis leaves or have some extra value when we are in our competitive window with prime Zion/Ingram.
The Hayward addition is an automatic no from any reasonable GM. It would be a non-starter from the get-go. Under the best circumstances which I'm still pretty sure can't happen, you are paying more money for a substantially worse player. Why even trade Jrue at that point? He's better, cheaper and also expiring. In the worst case scenario it's a move that gets DG fired because you are locked into a terrible contract for 3-4 years. There is literally no upside.