The Lakers have landed Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles has acquired the All-Star center from the Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 pick this year, according to ESPN. The first-round picks extend as far as an unprotected swap in 2025.
The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019
The Pelicans will get the following picks from the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN:
No. 4 pick in 2019
Top-8 protected in 2021, becomes unprotected in ‘22
Unprotected swap in ‘23
Unprotected first in ‘24
Unprotected swap in ‘25
Tremendous haul for David Griffin & the Pelicans.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 16, 2019
It was rumored the Pelicans did not want to trade Davis to the Lakers because the team did not like the way agent Rich Paul handled the center’s demands in the press, but ultimately it appears the package was too good to pass on.
The Celtics also wanted Davis, but could not land him.
Paul told ESPN in January that Davis would not re-sign with the team and would prefer to be traded. He listed the Lakers as a preferred destination.
Los Angeles immediately tried to acquire the All-Star putting together packages that included every player on its roster at some point other than LeBron James, but a trade never happened at the deadline.
The Celtics were reportedly unwilling to include Jayson Tatum in a package for Davis which put a halt on the deal for New Orleans.
Davis now joins James with the Lakers and will likely try to sign some kind of contract extension with the team. According to Yahoo Sports, that may be the exact plan, however, he could also play out the season and go into free agency next year, the report says.
Anthony Davis, who could sign extension with the Lakers this offseason, will play out the 2019-20 season and enter free agency next year, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 15, 2019
And with the injuries to Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant and possible exodus of Durant to a New York team, the Lakers could very well now be the team to beat in the Western Conference.