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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.