Reports: Pelicans agree to trade Davis to Lakers
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[June 17, 2019]
The New Orleans Pelicans agreed
to trade All-Star big man Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in
return for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three
first-round picks -- including the No. 4 overall selection in next
week's draft -- ESPN reported Saturday.
The deal, which cannot be made official until July 1, gives the
Pelicans two of the top four picks next week, after they won the
lottery for the top overall pick. According to ESPN, they will take
Duke star Zion Williamson first overall and consider trading the
fourth overall pick, with several teams already expressing interest.
The New York Times reports Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker is
expected to be a top target in free agency for the Lakers in the
wake of the deal for Davis.
The Boston Celtics were also involved in separate talks with the
Pelicans for Davis, ESPN reported earlier this week, and the
Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers had interest in Davis but
didn't make much progress in discussions with New Orleans.
Earlier this week, Davis' agent, Rich Paul, who also represents the
Lakers' LeBron James, told Sports Illustrated a deal to Boston would
have resulted in a one-year rental agreement before Davis enters
free agency in July 2020.
The Lakers pursued Davis after Paul announced the big man wanted a
trade last winter. With Magic Johnson (Lakers) and Dell Demps
(Pelicans) both out of jobs after leading those trade talks, and a
fresh list of demands provided teams on Monday by first-year
Pelicans team president David Griffin, there was optimism the Davis
deal would happen.
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Pelicans training session ahead of preseason game against Houston
Rockets - Beijing, China - 11/10/16. New Orleans Pelicans player
Anthony Davis talks to the media. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
New Orleans has the benefit of starting over with Williamson as a
One of the lingering doubts for a Lakers-Pelicans match was whether
Griffin valued Ingram and Hart more than Demps did when talks
fizzled in February.
--Field Level Media
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