Earlier this week, a reported emerged suggesting the New Orleans Pelicans were “engaged” with two teams in a potential Anthony Davis trade.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were reportedly on the hunt for the star big man and have both made pitches to the Pelicans.
Davis made his desire to be traded known during the regular season, but New Orleans failed to pull the trigger. After he reiterated his demands, the Pelicans had no choice but to listen to offers.
The Pelicans reportedly preferred to trade Davis to Boston, but the Lakers had a better offer on the table.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans shipped Davis to Los Angeles.
In return, the Pelicans receive Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.
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
After missing the playoffs in LeBron James’ first season with the team, the Lakers knew they had to shake things up.
Finding another star to play alongside LeBron was always the plan and the team was on the hunt for Davis dating back to the 2018-19 regular season.
New Orleans now owns the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming NBA draft as well as future first-round picks thanks to the trade.
Stay tuned for additional details.