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SmashMouth 06-15-2019 11:29 PM

Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
The New Orleans Pelicans have traded superstar Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, a source confirmed to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Saturday.

ESPN was first to report the trade.

One of the first-round picks will be the No. 4 selection in the upcoming NBA Draft on June 20.

There is reason to believe the Pelicans are not done dealing. Sources inside the organization have indicated the team will continue to make moves and could deal either the No. 4 pick or one of the players they are taking back.

Also, what the future picks entail remains to be seen. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, New Orleans could control the Lakers’ first-round picks for several years into the future with pick swaps on top of gaining outright picks.



The trade ends a months-long saga ever since Davis’ agent Rich Paul went public with the trade request on Jan. 28. After the Pelicans didn’t deal Davis at the deadline, the team turned its focus to keeping him the rest of the season.

After the All-Star break, when the Pelicans moved on from general manager Dell Demps, New Orleans interim GM Danny Ferry and the coaching staff came up with a plan to play Davis in the 20-25 minute range for the rest of the season while giving him off on back-to-backs.

Davis did not play the final seven games of the season because of back spasms and famously wore a “That’s All Folks” t-shirt to the final game of the season.

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SmashMouth 06-15-2019 11:30 PM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
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neugey 06-16-2019 08:31 AM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
As a Lakers fan, it is worrisome trading away all those draft picks. The key will be how the Lakers build the rest of the roster.

SmashMouth 06-16-2019 08:44 AM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
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Originally Posted by neugey (Post 846724)
As a Lakers fan, it is worrisome trading away all those draft picks. The key will be how the Lakers build the rest of the roster.

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For the Pelicans, this could be a Herschel Walker-type haul for a player they were going to lose in a year. They essentially got three top-five lottery picks out of the deal, two of which already have gone through their NBA growing pains. Just the idea of Lonzo Ball throwing lobs to probable No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is enough to bring fans back to the Smoothie King Center. Ball and Jrue Holiday might already be the best defensive backcourt in the NBA.

The Pelicans might be the rare team to trade a superstar in his prime and not have to rebuild. And this is before we know whether the Pelicans will keep the No. 4 pick or flip it for an established veteran.

Either way, the Lakers gave up a massive load of assets to acquire Davis that they'll either be lamenting for years to come like they did after the Howard and Steve Nash trades or celebrating their iron stomachs if Davis and James team up to restore the franchise to glory.

This is a legacy-defining move for Griffin. He mutually parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2017 season so he could run a franchise the way he wanted, without ownership interference. Griffin was so determined to do things on his terms this time, he passed on an opportunity and massive payday to run the New York Knicks two years ago, because he wasn't guaranteed full control of basketball operations.
If I were a Laker fan, I'd be pissed. But good for the Pelicans for engineering a current day "Herschel Walker" trade.

SmashMouth 06-18-2019 01:25 AM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
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CHA_CHING 06-18-2019 06:16 PM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
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Originally Posted by neugey (Post 846724)
As a Lakers fan, it is worrisome trading away all those draft picks. The key will be how the Lakers build the rest of the roster.

I'm a Lakers fan too. Father and uncle were Lakers fans, so I guess it was passed down to me.

Trading the draft picks definitely stings, but I blame this mostly on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball being such lackluster disappointing players. This trade would've happened during the season if BI and Zo weren't such awful shooters. I think the Front office had to throw in the draft picks just to get the Pelicans to accept Lonzo, cause he's such a bust.

I feel confident moving forward though. The Raptors had to trade away their young core this past off season and it landed them a championship.

Wish my uncle was still alive to see AD on the Lakers. He loved Wilt and Kareem.

K Major 06-19-2019 07:50 AM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
IDK, Pels got a guy with injury (blod clot concerns) in Ingram, a passive Lonzo Ball & Josh Hart.

On paper, the Lakers did well by acquiring AD + they get to keep Kuzman. They still need a bench and perimeter shooters though.

Draft is tomorrow night. Let's see what the Pels do.

CHA_CHING 06-19-2019 07:39 PM

Re: Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple #1 picks
 
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Originally Posted by K Major (Post 846930)
IDK, Pels got a guy with injury (blod clot concerns) in Ingram, a passive Lonzo Ball & Josh Hart.

On paper, the Lakers did well by acquiring AD + they get to keep Kuzman. They still need a bench and perimeter shooters though.

Draft is tomorrow night. Let's see what the Pels do.

All good points. The NBA has never been like the NFL. It is a super star driven league. Almost every championship of the past 40 years can be narrowed down to big name, future HoFer super stars making it happen. The 2004 Pistons is probably the only team I can think of to win a title without having big star power.


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