It's a monumental day in Los Angeles! After a disappointing regular season for the Lakers, the team had high hopes of acquiring top-tier talent in the offseason.
Well, phase one of their plan is officially complete, as the Lakers have reached an agreement on a deal for Anthony Davis.
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 got a huge haul in the deal, acquiring Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart as well as three first-round picks, one of which is the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Davis has long since been linked to the Lakers, as LA tried to swing a deal for him ahead of the trade deadline, but failed to do so. Fast forward a few months, and Davis' wishes were met, as he's off to don the Purple and Gold in Hollywood.
The blockbuster deal shakes up the entire Western Conference, especially given the uncertainty in Golden State following the serious injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
The Pelicans were left at a crossroads with AD, as the former Kentucky superstar made his intentions to leave the organization clear. They were able to recoup a solid haul, as they now have a handful of former first round picks, as well as a trio of future first-rounders in their arsenal. This trade leaves New Orleans with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the draft.