By V. George Smith
In shocking Saturday announcement, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to trade All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported details of the move sending the 26-year-old to the Lakers, noting the Pelicans will receive Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
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
Even with an enticing group of potential free agents to pick from, including Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, they were able to pull off their greatest coup by acquiring Davis. Reports are also stating that Kemba Walker will be in the Lakers’ sights given the cap room.
Davis is at an age where he will be able to shoulder a heavy load. James, for all his natural talent and physical gifts, will start to slow down as he prepares to turn 35 in December.
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