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The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade star big man Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
One of the picks includes the No. 4 overall in this year’s draft Thursday, Wojnarowski reported.
“Monster haul for David Griffin and the Pelicans,” Wojnarowski wrote. “They maximized the AD trade without needing a third team. History of Griffin deals typically include strong pick protections, which could made trade even better. And now, LeBron James gets his second star in LA. Here we go.”
The Pelicans own the No. 1 pick and are widely expected to draft Zion Williamson out of Duke. They now own the fourth overall, too.
According to veteran Pelicans beat reporter Andrew Lopez, the Pelicans aren’t likely done dealing.
“Pels won’t be stopping here,” Lopez wrote. “More moves to come in the upcoming days.”
Davis requested a trade in January and the Lakers immediately became his strongest suitor. His agent, Rich Paul, also represents James and Davis was said to prefer a trade to LA above anywhere else.
The sides worked on parameters of a deal all the way until the February trade deadline but could not reach an agreement. But Griffin replaced former general manager Dell Demps after the season and re-opened talks with the Lakers — led by senior advisor Kurt Rambis and GM Rob Pelinka.
Rambis and Pelinka did what former president Magic Johnson could not do by getting James a second star to perhaps return the Lakers to championship contention status.
The Lakers were also able to keep Kyle Kuzma, a third-year forward the Pelicans reportedly coveted in earlier trade talks.
Davis will become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Paul has said that Davis will not sign an extension regardless of where he is traded and has every intention of being a free agent next summer.
For all the crap Rich Paul and Anthony Davis took, his power play got him exactly where he wanted to be.
The Lakers gave up some of their future, but they have a remarkably bright present.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) June 15, 2019