Since the regular season ended just more than a month ago, New Orleans Pelicans backup guard Brian Roberts hasn’t paid much attention to the upcoming NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night.

But whether the Pelicans pick up the option on Roberts' contract to retain him could largely depend on where they are slotted for the upcoming June 27 NBA draft.

The Pelicans have only an 8.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick going into the lottery. But they have a 26.15 percent chance of staying at the fifth spot, where several mock drafts have them selecting Michigan point guard Trey Burke. Most have Burke, 6-feet, 190, being taken no higher than fifth and not lower than seventh.

If the Pelicans draft Burke and they already have starter Greivis Vasquez, they could opt not to keep Roberts, especially with Austin Rivers having the ability to play both guard positions. But some of the mock drafts also have Pelicans addressing their need to improve their small forward spot by drafting Georgetown's Otto Porter or UNLV's Anthony Bennett if they can land one of the top three draft spots.

``Right now I’m just trying to see how things play out,’’ Roberts said. ``I haven’t talked to coach or management about that kind of stuff as of yet. But I’m pretty confident something can be worked out.’’

Roberts played in 78 games this season, which included five starts, and averaged 7.1 points and 2.8 assists this past season. He played in Germany for three seasons before making the roster during training camp after emerging on the Hornets' summer league team. The Pelicans hold the team option to extend his contract and his salary would increase to an estimated $788,872 from this past season's $473,604.

During a conference call with season-ticket holders last month, Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps raved about Roberts, saying he was one of the pleasant surprises during the season.