Pelicans-Lakers NBA Trade Review and Grades!

NBA Trade Lakers-Pelicans

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.

Trade Details

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.

Are the Pistons for Real? And Other NBA Surprises This Season

The NBA season has been on since October 17, and already there have been some surprises. From the Pistons at one point being 14-6 and second in the Eastern Conference, beating teams like the Celtics, to Golden State losing to the Kings (yes you read that right), to Lonzo Ball being among the worst in field goal percentage through the start of their career in NBA history.

Later this week/weekend there will be a post about Detroit City F.C. and why the MLS does not appeal to me or many people who support DCFC, the team that plays in the NPSL and will be very angry if Detroit gets an MLS team. To stay updated on posts, like my facebook here and follow my twitter here. Thank you.

James Harden is This Year’s Russell Westbrook

Last year, Russell Westbrook took a team to the playoffs that for the first time in his career didn’t have Kevin Durant, and averaged a triple-double per game, the first person to do that since Oscar Robinson. Harden isn’t averaging a triple-double, but he is leading the league in PPG with 32, and assists per game with 9.8. However, Westbrook led the Thunder to 6th in the Western Conference in the regular season last year. Harden has his team in first place. This could be due to the fact that the Rockets have CP3, who is another superstar. The Thunder didn’t have any better than average players beside Westbrook.

Lonzo Ball’s Historically Low Field Goal %, And His Dad’s Crazy Caims

Lonzo Ball may have 2 triple doubles and be playing better than critics expected, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is only shooting 31%, and 25% on 3 pointers. Not only that, Lavar is wrong but won’t admit it. It is too hard to talk about the Balls without mentioning him so here are some of the things he has said his son would do.

“Put Steph Curry on UCLA and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.” As much as I hate the Warriors and their players, I have to say that if this happened, the Warriors might not win a title, and UCLA may have made it to the Final Four. Lonzo Ball is not as good as Steph Curry and that’s true whether you like or dislike either of them.

“It’s already a done deal. I got the trophy already.” That is what Lavar said about whether Lonzo would win Rookie of the Year this year. Well, Jayson Tatum is playing well better than Lonzo is right now, so I wouldn’t count on it.

The Pistons Are in 4th

Even though they were in 2nd place earlier in the season, they have now dropped behind Cleveland and Toronto. But as long as they stay where they are now, they will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs for the first round. One of the key reasons why the Pistons are doing better than last season is Andre Drummound’s free thow percentage. He is shooting 62% from the line, compared to just 38% last year. Another reason why is Avery Bradley. He is averaging 15 PPG, where KCP was averaging 13 PPG last year. Obviously KCP is gone, but the Pistons found a good replacement for him.

Warriors Not as Hot?

And finally, the Warriors aren’t playing as well as last year. They are behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, and Steph Curry is out with a right ankle injury. He will be re evaluated in 2 weeks. There is nothing to worry about if you are a Warriors fan, I just wanted to point out that they are not playing as well as last year.

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Would Trading For Paul George Be Worth It?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have both shown interest in signing Paul George after the Pacers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Cavs. George has indicated he wants to opt out next year. But would trading the 27-year-old be worth it for the Pacers and if so, who would they trade him too?

1.  Cleveland Cavaliers

Good: Paul George would get to play for a team that has made the NBA Finals 3 straight years, and LeBron James, who has made the Finals in 7 straight years. If the Cavs get George, the team could be considered a super team and might be able to better compete with the Warriors.

Bad: The Cavaliers may have to give up a lot to get Paul George. They might have to trade Kevin Love,  their starting power forward who they traded Andrew Wiggens for in 2014. The Cavaliers will have to decide who they want more: Kevin Love or Paul George.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Good: The Lakers are a team that players are never hesitant to play for because they always have money to spend and they play in LA, one of the most popular places in the country. The Lakers could decide if this was once again the time to try and build a super team around George.

Bad: The Lakers have tried to build super teams in the past and failed, like when they had Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard come together. When that happened, they got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs. If Lonzo Ball is a bust, it will be like George is still playing for the Pacers because he will have to carry the team every game.

I believe that Paul George will be traded to the Lakers because the Lakers have more to offer on their side of the trade. The Cavs will have to make a better offer because their draft picks will not be as high as the Lakers draft picks. I think George would do better on the Cavs, but he would rather play for the Lakers.