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Anthony Davis Trade Was Perfect for Both the Lakers and Pelicans

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
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The Anthony Davis sweepstakes are officially over. The Lakers put up a massive offer that the Pelicans just couldn't refuse and acquired AD. Now, both teams should be happy going forward.

New Orleans now has an incredible young core and multiple valuable assets to play around with. Meanwhile, LeBron James gets to pair up with Davis to make a real run at a championship.

The haul the Pelicans received was no small package. They now have the No. 1 and No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft and and a core of Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram. Add Zion Williamson and another young stud to that lineup, and you already have a pretty solid team.

The trade is also a major move for the Lakers. The team finally acquired its second star to pair with LeBron and still can sign another max player in free agency. The championship door is wide open with the Warriors hampered by injuries, and with this move, the Lakers likely have become one of the top title contenders.

The deal also opens up a lot of flexibility for both teams moving forward. Neither team should be done dealing and both will be looking to add even more talent during the offseason. Although the two teams have feuded throughout the negotiations, they were able to work out a deal that was mutually beneficial.