I don't think Dell and Monty care that much about this draft class to grab a 13th pick with the 6th and why should they?
To increase assets. Even if this is the worst draft in the last 10 years I guarantee you there will be at least 2 quasi all star players picked between 10 and 25. The rest may all be busts, but if you have the proper scouting and development, you can most definitely find a gem at 13. The question is what's better long term?
1) A fading star like Iggy
2) A potentially rising star you may have to throw the max at like Pekovic or Jennings
3) Use cap space and small assets for a mix of mid level guys like Gortat/Chandler
4) Use cap space to get a stop gap veteran and the #13
I don't think Marion and #13 would be Demps' first choice, but we don't know how realistic he thinks options 1-3 are. I think Option 1 is a bad idea because Iggy's only coming here for a 4 year deal and that contract length just does not line up well with Davis getting his 2nd contract. I think Option 2 is bad because neither are worth a max to the Pelicans and I honestly don't think Pekovic is as attainable as most do. I kind of like Option 3 depending on what kind of assets we have to give up to make it happen. But if the price of Option 3 is too high then Option 4 doesn't look too bad. You pick up an asset and get to try this all over again next year.