The deal is finally done.
After months of speculation, it was reported on Saturday night by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the New Orleans Pelicans had agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers will be sending Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and draft picks to the Pelicans in exchange for Davis, according to reports.
The fourth pick in this year’s draft is also included in the deal.
Davis has been linked to L.A. ever since he joined Rich Paul of Klutch Sports last summer. The Lakers attempted to make a move for Davis at the trade deadline, but New Orleans refused to agree to a deal.
Since then, the Pelicans let go of general manager Dell Demps and brought in Adrian Griffin, formally of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Griffin tried to patch things up with Davis, but it was clear the 26-year-old big man wanted to be moved to Los Angeles.
And so the discussions began once again.
The Lakers had to give up quite a lot in order for the Pelicans to agree to a deal, but Davis is worth it.
The 6’10” MVP candidate doesn’t turn 27 until next March, meaning the Lakers should be set for the next half a decade at the very least.
Davis has made it clear that he intends to wait until next summer to sign a five-year extension with the Lakers, a move which makes the most sense for him financially.
The trade isn’t expected to be completed until July, according to ESPN, which will give the Lakers more cap space to use during free agency.
Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler are just a few of the big names the Lakers are expected to be interested in once July 1 rolls around.