Lakers Reach Agreement With Pelicans, Ending The Anthony Davis Saga; Ball, Ingram, Hart, Three First-Rounders To New Orleans
The Anthony Davis sweepstakes are finally over as is it the Los Angeles Lakers who've landed AD in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks which are headed to the Pelicans.
What better way to kick-off not even the first week, just the first few days following the NBA Finals, then with a Woj Bomb that completely shifts everyone's outlook regarding the Western Conference next season. The ongoing Anthony Davis sweepstakes that dates back to last season, has come to close.
The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made the move in acquiring LeBron's new partner in crime, Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. In exchange the Lakers send Lonzo Ball (which includes Lavar and a LiAngel G-League tryout right?), Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft selections which include the number four overall selection in this year's draft. That pick now gives New Orleans both the number one and number four picks to accompany their newly acquired young talent in Ball, Ingram, and Hart.
This deal works out pretty well for both teams.
Let us begin with the fact that the Lakers look pretty damn smart in that they managed to acquire a top-three talent without trading their best young asset in Kyle Kuzma. How the hell did they manage to pull that off? Kuzma is undoubtedly the most enticing asset in which the Lakers front office had to offer, yet they escape this trade saga with him remaining in LA.
Last season was quite the impressive sophomore year for the 23-year-old who averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 45.6% shooting from the field, 30.3% from three, and 75.2% from the line.
As for New Orleans, they've got a pretty solid foundation in Lonzo Ball as their point guard for the future. The main issue with Los Angeles was Ball's inability to run the floor as the Lakers primary ball-handler which took a toll on his development, improperly showcasing his talents as a point guard. Now with the young crew heading into next season, Ball gets the opportunity needed to give everyone a much more accurate view of his talents.
The Pelicans have also acquired the most flexibility of any other team in this upcoming NBA Draft. They've already got the number one overall selection, also known as Zion Williamson from Duke. Now with the fourth overall pick as well, New Orleans could also possibly add another young talent in perhaps R.J. Barrett (Duke), Cam Reddish (Duke), De'Andre Hunter (Virginia), or even Nassir Little (North Carolina). All depending on how Memphis and New York play their second and third draft selections.
Nevertheless, what a day for the NBA Twitter-sphere!