The New Orleans Pelicans are trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. They did get a pretty sizable return in the deal.
The Lakers are sending three major rotation players—former No. 2 overall picks Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and young guard Josh Hart—back to New Orleans, along with three first round picks.
That haul includes the 2019 No. 4 overall pick, which the Pelicans can use in next week’s draft, just three spots after they presumably take Zion Williamson.
The deal may still get bigger for New Orleans though. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the trade itself, that No. 4 pick could also be flipped for more assets for the rebuilding Pels.
Teams are already expressing significant interest in the No. 4 overall pick belonging now to the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are expected to continue over the next few days. This deal could get even bigger for the Pelicans.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019
Two of the players involved in the trade—Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart—appear to have responded to the Anthony Davis trade on social media.
Both young players took to Instagram to post some not-so-subtle reactions on their stories.
Taken at face value, the two players seem generally okay with how things are shaking out. Obviously, being used as trade bait always have to be uncomfortable, but after months of rumors, which some think helped derail the Lakers’ season, they now know their fates.
Via Rob Perez:
Josh Hart has logged on pic.twitter.com/emurZCg0vJ
— Rob Perezlinka (@WorldWideWob) June 15, 2019
The third player being sent to the Pelicans, and perhaps the most famous, hasn’t responded yet. Lonzo Ball has nothing new on Twitter or Instagram since the trade.
And no, neither does his father. We don’t expect LaVar Ball to be quiet for long though. It’s a pretty safe bet that he’ll be chiming in soon.