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Price Tag for Anthony Davis joining the Lakers

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    Lebron gets to play with another superstar once again; Anthony Davis is being traded from the Pelicans to the Lakers and suddenly the Lakers are contenders again.

    But the real story here is what they had to give up to make this happen -

    The Pelicans will send Anthony Davis to the Lakers after all. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that New Orleans will send the 26-year-old superstar to Los Angeles in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the fourth overall pick in next week's Draft.

    So that's 2 starters and 3 1st round picks, including the 4th overall in the 2019 draft just around the corner... wow. I mean everyone agreed this needed to happen for the Lakers organization. And I get trading 3 good players away for one transcendent talent. But 3 first round picks.. they really must have little faith in either their ability to evaluate draft talent or they don't think anyone in this draft or the next few will be anywhere close to what AD can bring to the table.

    This will probably be a trade that really ends up seriously being very mutually beneficial. Lakers get Lebron very needed help. And the very terrible Pelicans now have 3 more good players plus 3 more top picks in the draft to try and more than replace AD.

    I was shocked to read the price tag of acquiring Anthony Davis. But have to admit the Lakers might be the favorites in the West now, with KD (likely) out of Golden State and future unsure for Klay Thomspon. Then there's just the Rockets.. Lakers will be fun to watch again, probably.

    Hope to see the Pelicans turn things around. They got the farm so to speak. Don't squander it.

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    I think the Lakers won the deal. Was a hefty price tag but this is a league where you can't really win unless you stack elite talent. Or have crazy depth and solid talent with one superstar (ie Raptors).

    Lakers went the multiple superstar route and they went from a non-playoff team to the team to beat in the league overnight. So now that Durant is out of Golden State and the Clippers got Kawhi and Paul George, and Westbrook re-teamed up with Harden (this time in Houston).. the West is going to be far more interesting going forward.

    The Rockets, Clippers and Lakers are all fairly even in my eyes. With Golden State still very much in the mix. Maybe one day my little Mavericks will splash into that conversation. But at least the league will be more compelling with all these free agency changes.

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    Honestly haven't kept up with this lately. I saw you mention the Mavericks. What's currently keeping them from making it into such a conversation? Players? Coaches? etc?
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    JFoster Wrote: Honestly haven't kept up with this lately. I saw you mention the Mavericks. What's currently keeping them from making it into such a conversation? Players? Coaches? etc?

    Star power and depth mainly for the Mavs. I mean they do have two young potential superstars in the league in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. But they don't have much depth and most wouldn't argue that Doncic/Prozingis pairing can't rival Lebron/Davis, or any of the other superstar pairings in the West.

    They are a young team and still in somewhat a rebuilding phase. Though they are way better than they were just 2 years ago. They could surprise many this season but ultimately the other teams just did better in free agency, while the Mavs decided to just sign Kristaps and not chase any big names.