The offseason/NBA trade season has started off with a bang. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for star Power Forward Anthony Davis. The Lakers gave the Pelicans a lot of young talent in return. Today we will be reviewing the trade and I will grade both teams on their acquisitions. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.
The Lakers have been interested in acquiring Anthony Davis since it became public that he wanted to leave the Pelicans in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. No deal was worked out during the season, and Davis finished the season with New Orleans.
The trade was made public on the afternoon of June 15th and first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The trade is not actually expected to be completed until July 6th. The Lakers acquired Davis, and in return game up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and 3 future first round draft pick, including the 4th pick in Thursdays NBA Draft. The trade is a win for both teams. The Lakers get a star player to pair with LeBron that can help attract free agent talent towards them, and the Pelicans now have tons of young talent and are stocked on draft picks for years to come.
Lakers NBA Trade Grade: C
The Lakers are investing all of their resources into winning as soon as possible. They now have LeBron, AD, and Kyle Kuzma as their top 3 players. But they now have almost no one else on their roster. They only have 5 players! Another problem I have with this trade is the timing of it. I get that the Lakers wanted to complete this deal to make sure that another team could not make a better offer and get Davis, but I think this deal was still rushed too much.
If the Lakers had waited to complete this deal on July 30, they would have had $32.5 million in cap space, which is enough to sign someone to a max free agent deal. Instead, they will not be able to offer anyone a max free agent contract. I think the Lakers accomplished what they wanted to do with this trade and didn’t give up anything they didn’t want to, but they could have a better situation if this was rushed so much. One player I think the Lakers should aggressively pursue is Kemba Walker. Signing him in free agency would give this team 3-star players, but he would have to take a pay cut and not a max deal.
Pelicans NBA Trade Grade: B+
David Griffin has acquired his franchise a boatload of young players and stocked his team up for the future with draft picks. Remember, this team took Zion Williamson with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. The Pelicans then traded the 4th pick in the draft to the Hawks for the 8th pick, 17th pick, and 35th pick. The Pelicans took Jaxson Hayes at 8, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker at 17. I love this trade because the Pelicans have young players that will be good for years to come and that they can also trade for older star talent.
This was my review of the first big NBA trade of the offseason. If you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more posts about NBA trades in the future. Comment below who you think won this trade.