LeBron James and Anthony Davis are actually going to play on the identical group within the 2019-20 season. It’s actually occurring. After 5 months of nonstop negotiating and drama via the media, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to commerce Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a bevy of picks for Davis, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans is getting fairly a draft haul from the Lakers, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN, together with three first-round picks:
- 2019 first-rounder (No. four general)
- 2021 first-rounder (top-Eight protected, unprotected in 2022)
- 2023 unprotected decide swap
- 2024 first-rounder (unprotected)
- 2025 unprotected decide swap
Sarcastically, the drama that began with Davis desirous to play in Los Angeles ends with the answer that felt inevitable all alongside. The Pelicans held out on a mid-season commerce in hopes for a stronger supply — presumably from the Boston Celtics — over the summer time, however ended up with a really related deal to what they had been supplied in February. Per the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Celtics refused to incorporate Jayson Tatum in a deal. Any leverage the Pels had was misplaced as a result of Davis, who has only one 12 months left on his contract, had the final word say in the place he would keep long-term.
Had this deal been accepted months in the past, a great deal of drama may’ve been averted. However that’s not how the NBA works. As a substitute, the basketball world watched on as Pelicans GM Dell Demps was fired after a Davis commerce wasn’t made, LeBron James turned the focus for publicly voicing his need to play with AD, and Davis joined the circus himself sporting a “That’s All Folks” t-shirt in his final recreation with New Orleans. Don’t neglect the mess that was the Pels’ compromise to play Davis restricted minutes to appease each him and the league, and the group scrubbing Davis from their intro movies. This was all messy.
In the long run, each side got what they needed. Davis will get to group up with LeBron James in Los Angeles and the Pelicans get a fleet of prospects to rapidly rebuild with across the presumptive No. 1 decide Zion Williamson and All-Star caliber guard Jrue Vacation. However it took a variety of vitality, embarrassment and sacrifices to get thus far.