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SportDavis trade grades: Lakers, Pelicans both get high marks

19:50  16 june  2019
19:50  16 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Celtics, Lakers in trade talks with Pelicans for Davis

Report: Celtics, Lakers in trade talks with Pelicans for Davis The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in independent trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

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The Anthony Davis trade talks between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers are ramping up ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Lakers president Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have had multiple conversations today, league sources tell ESPN.

It finally happened. Anthony Davis is going to be a Laker.

The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Lakers on Saturday, as first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Los Angeles will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks (including this year's No. 4 pick) to New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma, who had been a significant part of trade discussions, will stay in LA.

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While the move pushes Los Angeles and New Orleans in different directions, it accomplishes the intended goals for both sides. It could be a rare win-win trade, but the final grades won't be known until years down the road. The draft compensation in this deal could stretch all the way out to 2025.

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Former Lakers player tells Kyle Kuzma to 'start packing' amid trade rumors Rumors of a potential trade sending New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers started heating up on Wednesday. Specifically, the Lakers are said to be willing to offer up their No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft as well as youngsters Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in a trade. For their part, the Pelicans want star young forward Kyle Kuzma to be included. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen. However, former Lakers guard and current Cleveland Cavalier Jordan Clarkson has some advice for Kuzma. Start packing your bags.

LeBron gets his star in Los Angeles, while the Pelicans get young pieces, including Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, to build around Zion Williamson. Mark Zerof, US Presswire. Both teams got exactly what they wanted in this historic trade . The Pelicans are a strong contender for best League

Getting full return on a disgruntled superstar is nearly impossible in the NBA but the Pelicans have put themselves in quite an intriguing situation after sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a potentially substantial haul Pelicans Have Opportunity for Fresh Start After Trading Anthony Davis to Lakers .

Here are the reported terms of the trade and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.

Anthony Davis trade grades

Lakers receive: Anthony Davis

Pelicans receive: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks

  • 2019 No. 4 pick
  • 2021 first-round pick protected for Nos. 9-30 (unprotected in 2022)
  • 2023 first-round swap rights unprotected
  • 2024 first-round pick unprotected (option to defer to 2025)

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Lakers: A-

The Lakers' front office followed the flawless plan of running the franchise directly into the ground for a season and acquiring a superstar anyway. Must be nice. Jokes aside, team owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka knew they needed to bring AD to LA, and they got the job done.

Pelicans make counteroffer to Lakers in Anthony Davis talks

Pelicans make counteroffer to Lakers in Anthony Davis talks It was reported on Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans surrounding star Anthony Davis. Specifically, the Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball as well as the fourth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft available to New Orleans. Another piece of information suggested that New Orleans was holding out for star young forward Kyle Kuzma. There’s a possibility that the Pelicans would pass on the top-five pick if Los Angeles included Kuzma. Now comes this report from Brandon Robinson of MSG indicating that New Orleans has made a counteroffer to the Lakers.

Lakers get : Anthony Davis . The no- trade clause Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has on his contract could make this deal just a bit trickier to pull off, but because he In Ball and Ingram, the Pelicans would be netting the two highest -upside options on the Lakers ’ roster in the form of the two 21-year-olds, to go

The Lakers and Pelicans have talked twice on Monday about Anthony Davis trade offers, including one that adds veterans and salary-cap relief to the Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson called Pelicans general manager Dell Demps on Monday morning, and by the end of their

Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals in a lost season for New Orleans. Imagine what a properly motivated Davis will look like next to LeBron James. He is an ideal fit inside as a rim-runner and finisher offensively, and he can cover up for a lot of defensive shortcomings with his length and rim protection.

The scary part? James could unlock more of Davis as an outside threat. Davis isn't known as an outside shooter (31.4 percent on 3-pointers for his career), but he did shoot 37.7 percent on 122 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in 2018-19. If Davis manages to shoot 35-37 percent on deep attempts, that opens the floor and creates lethal pick-and-pop options.

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This trade also immediately positions the Lakers as a player in free agency. Los Angeles will have $27.8 million or $32.5 million in room depending on the timing of the deal, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. That space could be used to sign another star like Kemba Walker (already a rumored target), Kyrie Irving or Jimmy Butler. Walker seems to be more realistic because Irving is widely expected to sign with the Nets, according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.

Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers

Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers LeBron and AD together at last.

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The Lakers and Pelicans missed the playoffs last season and Davis ’ trade demand last season caused a palpable degree of acrimony between the Shortly after the trade deadline passed with no deal, Davis finished out the season as a lame-duck All-Star and the Pelicans fired then-general

Or, if the front office wants to fill out the roster, it could spread that money out over a number of role players. After all, the Lakers will only have James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga under contract once this trade goes through. We already saw what happened when the team had zero shooting on the floor. (Maybe call JJ Redick once free agency kicks off?)

As for the future, Davis (26 years old) can take the reins from James (34) once Father Time finally catches up with him. Davis' trade demand may have changed his reputation among fans and media, but don't forget just how good this guy can be. He still has his full prime ahead of him.

But there's a reason this trade isn't an A+++. The Lakers gave up a ton of assets, and the Pelicans will essentially control their drafts for the next half-decade.

Pelicans tweet reaction to Anthony Davis trade

Pelicans tweet reaction to Anthony Davis trade The New Orleans Pelicans are off and running this offseason, starting with a major trade of Anthony Davis that was agreed to on Saturday. The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans seemed to confirm the trade on Twitter by tweeting a video of the Joker character from Batman saying “and here we go.” pic.twitter.com/9FzRyUjS5N — New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) June 15, 2019 This is the start of a major offseason for the Pelicans as they look to rebuild their team.

Lakers trade grade : B+. After elaborate planning from LeBron, Davis , Rich Paul and the Klutch Sports group, they finally got their wish. Pelicans trade grade : A+. If the NBA is a business of asset acquisition and management, Griffin just put on a master class. All three players New Orleans

The Lakers and Pelicans missed the playoffs last season and Davis ’ trade demand caused a palpable degree of acrimony between the clubs as the Lakers publicly pursued a deal and the Pelicans asked the NBA to look into the possibility of a tampering violation. After the trade deadline passed with no

There will be comparisons to the failed Dwight Howard-Steve Nash combo of 2012. The pick compensation will bring back memories of the 2013 Nets-Celtics that set Brooklyn back for years. There is at least the possibility things go south, forcing Davis to re-evaluate and consider leaving LA as a free agent in 2020. That would be a complete catastrophe.

The counter to the traded-away-too-much argument: picks and prospects won't matter if the Lakers win. Los Angeles had four top-10 picks from 2014-17 (Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Ingram and Ball) and didn't hit on any of them. Plus, It's freaking LeBron James and Anthony Davis, not a broken down Howard or old Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

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With Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) out for the majority (if not the entirety) of next season, the Warriors won't be the Western Conference favorites. The championship window is open — and yes, that's the expectation. The Lakers must maximize whatever James has left in the tank.

The Lakers have two top-10 players and put themselves in a position to attack free agency as well. They are instant contenders. There are dark future scenarios in play, but for now, the lights will be shining bright at Staples Center with James and Davis leading the way.

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LeBron James Welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers: 'Let's Get It Bro' LeBron James Welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers: 'Let's Get It Bro'

The Lakers and Celtics are the obvious frontrunners, but every team should want to deal for AD. Yes, even your team. Anthony Davis is officially on the trade market after his agent, Rich Paul, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the superstar requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans .

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis watches a video tribute to Chuck Edwards, the late Pelicans announcer, during a timeout The Lakers have pulled out of conversations aimed at trying to acquire New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis because of the Pelicans ’ “outrageous” trade requests

Pelicans: A

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin wasn't involved in the nasty negotiations ahead of the February trade deadline. He brought a fresh perspective to New Orleans, and once it became clear he couldn't persuade Davis to stay, he began searching for the best possible package.

Consider this a massive victory for Griffin, who knows from his Cavs days just how desperate a team can be when it needs to build around James.

Ball, Ingram and Hart are all intriguing prospects with potential to improve now that their most dramatic days are behind them. Remember, this core had been making progress under Luke Walton before James arrived.

Jrue Holiday and Ball could be an elite defensive backcourt, as both players finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN's Defensive Real Plus-Minus. There are some concerns about Ingram's blood-clot issue, but he should be fully recovered ahead of the 2019-20 season. Hart can be a valuable rotation piece off the bench.

The primary source of excitement for the Pels, of course, is Zion Williamson, the assumed No. 1 selection in this year's draft. The thought of Holiday stealing the ball and kicking ahead to Ball, who then lobs an alley-oop to a flying Williamson . . . oh yeah, this team will be high on the NBA League Pass rankings. New Orleans could use some additional shooting to create better spacing, but that's a terrific start in a post-AD world.

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And the Pelicans are far from done when it comes to the impact of this trade. There is already plenty of interest in the No. 4 pick they just acquired from the Lakers, and it could easily be flipped for another player. (One fun hypothetical from The Athletic's Sam Vecenie: using the fourth overall pick to land Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen. He'd slide in perfectly next to Williamson.) If they keep it, a young forward like De'Andre Hunter or Jarrett Culver makes sense.

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The Lakers and Pelicans missed the playoffs last season and Davis ’ trade demand caused a palpable degree of acrimony between the clubs as the Lakers publicly pursued a deal and the Pelicans asked the NBA to look into the possibility of a tampering violation. After the trade deadline passed with no

Talk of Anthony Davis to the Lakers has reached a fever pitch, but how realistic is it really? The Crossover digs into the possibilities and explains The Pelicans are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers Friday night. And while the conversation continues for one more day, it's probably worth mentioning

The future draft swaps and protections sound complicated, but they basically give New Orleans options and chances at snagging stars with LA's picks. Even shorter version: Griffin thinks the Lakers will be bad eventually.

Though Davis will still be performing at a high level, James will be in his late 30s when those picks are in play. If the Lakers find themselves in the lottery, this trade will shift dramatically in the Pelicans' favor.

Considering the Pelicans didn't have much in the way of competing offers — the Celtics reportedly wouldn't offer Jayson Tatum in trade discussions — that is a wild haul regardless of what happens next.

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