The trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers has finally happened according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojanrowski. The Lakers will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart along with three first round picks, including pick no. 4 in the 2019 NBA Draft, to the Pelicans.
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
Davis, 26, requested a trade last season and the Pelicans tried to move him, but were not given an offer they liked. He played limited minutes throughout the year to protect his value. Since that point, David Griffin has been hired and tried to work things out with Davis, but to no avail. Griffin pulled the trigger on the deal sending Davis to the Lakers after also reportedly negotiating with the Celtics.
The Lakers will now pair Davis with LeBron James and will need to fill out the rest of their roster in order to compete. They missed the playoffs last season, but with the addition of Davis, Los Angeles will be one of the favorites in the West.
New Orleans will have a lot of young players to work with next season as they start their rebuild. Ball, Ingram and Hart are all solid young players who have shown flashes of potential. To go along with those players the Pelicans still have a quality player in Jrue Holiday and the first and fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Davis has averaged 23.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game throughout his career.