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So, Magic is gone and LA and New Orleans can now make a deal work for AD...

Quote:The Anthony Davis saga is over. Early on Saturday afternoon, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to a deal to send Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks -- including the No. 4 overall selection in next week's draft, league sources tell ESPN.

The deal represents a monster haul for the Pelicans and David Griffin, their new executive vice president of basketball operations, who maximized the Davis trade without the need to include a third team.

Los Angeles has been after Davis for months, ever since he first went public with his trade request back in January -- a move he was fined $50,000 for. The two teams were unable to complete a deal ahead of the trade deadline, though, and in the aftermath, both teams cratered amid what Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry called the most "toxic" situation he's seen in his three decades in the league.

Since then, rumors and reports have circulated pretty much non-stop. The Pelicans winning the Draft Lottery last month only made things more interesting, as did the Lakers moving up to grab the No. 4 overall pick. During the past week, things really started to pick up, with both the Lakers and Celtics -- despite concerns that Davis didn't want to play there -- making concerted efforts to complete a deal. According to a report from the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in the deal, which was a breaking point for the Pelicans.

Thus, the Lakers were able to get things done and secure the second star they've been after to pair with LeBron James. They gave up a number of talented young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, as well as three first-round picks, but that's the price you have to pay to acquire one of the best players in the league. They have a number of roster spots to fill in free agency this summer, but they'll hope the star power of LeBron and Davis can get them back into title contention.

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06-15-2019 07:21 PM
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Best part of this trade for the Lakers is:

a) Getting Anthony Davis

b) Sending the Balls far, far away from LA

c) All of the above
06-15-2019 09:48 PM
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In addition to Ball, Hart, and Ingram, Pelicans got 3 first round picks and 2 years with rights to swap first round picks with the Lakers. Both of the swap years will be after LeBron has retired.


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(06-15-2019 09:48 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Best part of this trade for the Lakers is:

Sending the Balls far, far away from LA

Yeah, the Pelicans don't yet realize they got a 2 for 1 with Lonzo and LaVar.

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06-16-2019 04:07 PM
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(06-15-2019 09:48 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Best part of this trade for the Lakers is:

a) Getting Anthony Davis

b) Sending the Balls far, far away from LA

c) All of the above

Yep, yep, yep

I'm sure you've seen the LaVar interview - dude is freaking immune to shame. I like Lonzo; he's a good kid and a decent athlete. But he's not a scorer and he's never going to be so I doubt he's going to be much more than a role player known for his ability to dish. Ingram is by far the better talent. If he can put on enough weight to stay healthy and play a little more physically, he's the guy the Lakers are more likely to regret giving up.

This boils down to an understandable and reasonable (if you're the Lakers) gamble. They're going all in with two megastars and hoping they can fill in around them to get back to a championship or two. If they do, this and the inevitable future personnel struggles will be worth it. Front office chaos notwithstanding, they just changed the perspective for a lot of free agents who might have been thinking the Lakers were too dysfunctional to join. The major injury spree in the Bay Area also factors in because the West just opened up a little more.

On the other hand, LA's FO isn't better because they traded for AD. And the Vogel/Kidd powder keg is just waiting to be lit (maybe already has). A lot can go wrong but it's going to be entertaining either way.
06-16-2019 10:59 PM
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