After many months of waiting, Anthony Davis will finally will get what he seemingly wants. It was announced in the evening yesterday that Davis was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the 4th overall pick in this year’s draft, and two additional first-rounders.
The Lakers certainly paid a steep price in order to pry Davis from the Pelicans, but they managed to keep forward Kyle Kuzma in the process. It was reported the Davis would sign a new contract with the Lakers when he is eligible for free agency in 2020.
Personally, I like this trade for both teams. The Lakers are getting a superstar to side with LeBron James, which they need desperately needed. Also, the Lakers have enough money to add another max contract player. With the trade going down, the Lakers now must focus on filling out their roster. They will need to add some three and D type players to go along with Davis and James. Another key for the Los Angeles is to find a point guard that can get Davis and James the ball in positions they like. It is rumored that the Lakers will pursue free agent point guard Kemba Walker.
As for the Pelicans, they are receiving a lot of young talent. Ball, Ingram, and Hart are all willing defenders and flash promising offensive upside. Ingram started coming into his own before injuries caught up with him this past season. The Pelicans have the first pick of the draft and will draft Zion Williamson. Now you can imagine Ball throwing ally oops to Williamson on the break. With the fourth pick, the Pelicans could look to move it and acquire another solid player. I think the Pelicans will be a fun team to watch in the coming years.
The Lakers did what they had to do to get the player they wanted. They may have given up a lot of picks, but the Lakers never really valued picks high. The Lakers always added talent with trades and in free agency. If this trade works out well, those Pelicans picks could be late in the first round. At the end of the day, I think both teams got what they were looking for.