Anthony Davis: Lakers Reach Deal With Pelicans

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The Anthony Davis saga is over. Early on Saturday afternoon, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to a deal to send Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

New Orleans’ trade package from the Lakers represents one of the most substantial returns on a single star player in modern league history.

The deal will send Davis, one of the league’s most dominant players, to Los Angeles — where he will join one of the league’s most iconic franchises and play alongside James, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent last summer.

Los Angeles has been after Davis for months, ever since he first went public with his trade request back in January — a move he was fined $50,000 for. The two teams were unable to complete a deal ahead of the trade deadline, though, and in the aftermath, both teams cratered amid what Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry called the most “toxic” situation he’s seen in his three decades in the league.

Speculation had long centered around James and the Lakers. James and Davis notably share the same agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group.

The Pelicans now will have two of the top four picks in Thursday’s draft — No. 1 and No. 4. New Orleans will select Zion Williamson at No. 1 and now has the flexibility to select a player at No. 4.
 However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans could end up trading the No. 4 pick to add to their haul. 

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