Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans made a trade. But this wasn’t any ordinary trade. This trade finally ended the question of “Where Is Anthony Davis Going To Playing Next Season.”
It was a trade that took almost 6 months to complete. If you want to learn more about the back story of the trade click here.
On Saturday night, Davis was finally traded to the Lakers. But the Lakers potentially mortgaged the future of the franchise going forward.
The Pelicans in the trade received:
- Point Guard Lonzo Ball
- Small Forward Brandon Ingram
- Shooting Guard Josh Hart
- The Lakers 2019 Draft Pick (4th overall)
- Their 2021 1st round pick (Top 8 protected, but becomes unprotected in 2022)
- An unprotected 1st round pick in 2023
- A pick swap in 2024, that could be deferred until 2025 if the Pelicans want to defer it
For those keeping score at home, this could be the NBA’s version of the Hershel Walker NFL trade in the late 1980s.
This is the type of trade that will impact the Lakers for years. Now with future draft picks, you never know how they will turn out because the draft is so hard to project each year. With New Orleans having the ability to swap unprotected picks in two different seasons, the Lakers better not have a non-playoff season. If they have one nothing but potential disaster awaits. This trade could potentially haunt the Lakers years after LeBron James has stopped wearing the purple and gold.
On top of the future draft picks, David Griffin just acquired 2 starters and guard who can score off the bench. Ball and Ingram are huge upgrades over Elfrid Payton on and Solomon Hill in the starting lineup. You add those two players with the soon-to-be top overall pick Zion Williamson and the Pelicans have a future trio of young studs going into the upcoming season.
The best part of this trade is what Griffin could do with the 4th overall pick. After acquiring Ingram, do the Pelicans need a player like Jarrett Culver or DeAndre Hunter? If they do then you can take either one or you can trade the pick and acquire more assets (Hello Atlanta). New Orleans will have those players and Jrue Holiday, New Orleans could still be in playoff contention right now.
Everyone knows what Davis will bring to the Lakers. He’s a top-5 overall player. He will give you at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks a game. Anthony is a game-changing player. The pick and roll and pick and pop with him and James will be unstoppable. Davis can carry the Lakers if needed for a period of time if James is off the floor.
With James contract ending at the potentially ending at the end of the 2021 season (He has a player option that year), the Lakers have to make sure that they can sustain a team that is going to win champions after his departure. Otherwise, Davis, General Manager Rob Pelinka, Jeannie Buss and the rest of the Lakers basketball operations team will be in Brooklyn Nets situation for years to come.
This trade is only successful if the Lakers can add one more star player in free agency to provide that last piece of firepower (Hello Kemba Walker or Jimmy Butler). If neither comes, a potential train wreck of a season could be headed for Los Angeles.
In the NBA trading for a superstar will cost the acquiring team a lot. In the case of a player like of Davis caliber, it might not be worth this much.