Lakers Reportedly Acquire Anthony Davis From Pelicans, Sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to New Orleans
LeBron James finally has his second superstar.
Adrian Wojnawrowski of ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send forward/center Anthony Davis to the Lake Show in exchange for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, guard Josh Hart, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and two future first-round picks to the Pelicans.
The trade is sure to shift the NBA landscape, and the future of both franchises for many years to come.
Pelicans’ President of Basketball Operations David Griffin, a former general manager of LeBron James in Cleveland, will receive a haul of players, including two former top five draft picks in Ball and Ingram, and a third in Thursday’s NBA Draft. He will then pair those young players with presumptive first overall pick Zion Williamson of Duke.
The Lakers tried to trade for Davis during the season at the February trade deadline, but after details of the talks were leaked, the deal fell apart, and it had a ripple effect with both teams.
The Lakers young core were never the same after hearing their names in the talks, and reports of distrust among the locker room were reported.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans benched Davis immediately and lowered his minutes for the second half of the season as they fell in the standings.
With the injuries to both Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn left ACL) in the 2019 NBA Finals, the Western Conference is suddenly wide-open, and the Lakers with Davis are now letting the basketball world know it’s there’s for the taking.
This is an evolving story with more details to come…