By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired center Anthony Davis on Saturday in a blockbuster deal. This ends the Davis saga that has been going on for months.
In exchange for Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans received three players and three picks. The Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart.
In addition, New Orleans received three draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Davis was consistent on wanting to play for the Lakers. He said that was the one team he wanted to sign an extension with, while if any other team — who acquired him — would only get one year before he left for Los Angeles.
Now, the Lakers have the second star that they wanted to partner with LeBron James.
In addition, the Lakers could potentially have one max slot in free agency. They have to renounce the rights of nine players to clear up to $34 million.
The players, who would be impacted would be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Mike Muscala, Lance Stephenson, Reggie Bullock, Tyson Chandler, JaVale McGee, and Johnathan Williams.
With the one max spot, the Lakers are expected to consider Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving. However, Irving is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin — who previously worked with LeBron James in Cleveland — pairs Davis with James. But at the same time, it was a genius move for him, as he gets young talent, cap space, and three projected lottery picks.
The Pelicans will be young with projected No. 1 overall pick, Zion Williamson, but now they have nice pieces to build for the future with.
Also, Ball, Ingram, and Hart rid themselves of James, who caused a divide in last year’s team.
The 26-year-old Chicago, Illinois native was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent his entire career with the Pelicans before this deal.
He made 56 appearances, including 56 starts this past season. The six-time All-Star averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game in 33 minutes per contest.
The 21-year-old Anaheim, California native was the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. This past season, he made 47 appearances, including 45 starts.
Ball averaged 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in 30.3 minutes per contest during the 2018-19 season.
The 21-year-old Kinston, North Carolina native was the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Ingram spent the last three seasons with the Lakers.
He made 52 appearances, including 52 starts this past season. He averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in 33.8 minutes per game.
The 24-year-old Silver Spring, Maryland native was the 30th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Hart spent the last two seasons with the Lakers.
He made 67 appearances, including 22 starts. He averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes per contest.