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PFF: McVay “needs to show evolution of his scheme” - Turf Show Times
Year 3 for the wunderkind portends to be a major one.
Today’s edition of Football Morning in America over at Pro Football Talk is an absolutely fascinating read. It’s also a reminder of how far football media has come in the last decade.
You’ve got an established media member, Peter King, with a running blog on a major blog site, PFT, that he’s giving out to be guest-hosted by an advanced analytics site in PFF. This would have been unimaginable a decade ago.
PFF founder Neil Hornsby even addressed this in the middle of the piece:
Back then we were in a time when establishing the best middle linebacker was a matter of counting tackles, and an era in which people were trying to determine the best offensive line based on how many times its quarterback was sacked and how many yards the offense gained.
We’re just operating in an entirely new era.
And part of that era includes the offensive creativity of Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay.
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21 hours ago
Dodgers Week 12 review: Coping with loss - True Blue LA
Batter of the week
Cody Bellinger regained his home run stroke, smashing three long balls with a 1.280 OPS, and also stole the Dodgers’ only base of the week.
Honorable mention goes to David Freese, who was 5-for-9 with two home runs because that’s what he does now; and to Max Muncy, who followed up last Sunday’s shenanigans with three more home runs, five walks, six RBI, and this T-shirt during batting practice:
Pitcher of the week
Walker Buehler was wonderful on Saturday night, pitching seven scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead for his second straight start. Since the beginning of May, Buehler has a 1.87 ERA in eight starts, including allowing one total run in 22 innings so far in June.
Hyun-jin Ryu gets honorable mention for being typically great, allowing only three runs in 13 innings in his two starts for the week, just one of those runs earned. Ryu’s ERA on the season is an unreal 1.26.
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21 hours ago
How The Anthony Davis Trade Reshapes The West | FiveThirtyEight
Congrats, Toronto Raptors! It barely took two days for your NBA championship to be swept into the category of “old news” by Klay Thompson’s ACL injury and the Los Angeles Lakers’ blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis on Saturday night. Pro basketball has a reputation for never having an offseason, but this past week was a whirlwind even by NBA standards.
So in that spirit of never living in the league’s present moment, let’s look ahead to what the flurry of recent news might mean for the NBA title race in 2019-20. We’ll start with the Lakers, who vaulted into first place in the betting markets’ championship odds after trading for Davis. But just how good will they be?
We ran our very own CARMELO ratings — our projections that assess each team’s strength based on its roster — on the current Lakers (that is, with Davis included and renouncing all the free agents who are likely to leave the team over the offseason). And keeping in mind that the following depth chart may bear little resemblance to the version LA rolls out in the fall, the Lakers as currently constituted are projected to have a +5.8 net efficiency rating and a full-strength regular season Elo rating of 1652. That’s good, although it doesn’t exactly guarantee the team a title — for comparison, that rating would have ranked ninth in the league at the end of this past regular season.
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21 hours ago
The Lakers gave up a lot for Anthony Davis. Here’s why he’s worth it - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers have been wanting a second superstar to play alongside LeBron James, and they finally got him in Anthony Davis. That makes this trade a smart — albeit pricey — gamble.
Snoop Dogg was actually right, and Anthony Davis is in fact on his way to the Lakers.
As you all have heard over the past weekend, the Anthony Davis trade FINALLY went down. Whatever your thoughts are on the trade, or whether L.A. gave up too many young players or future picks, one thing we can all agree on is that it’s so nice to know that the AD trade fiasco is actually over.
When Woj reported that the trade went down, I lost my mind. The first thing I did was watch about thirty Anthony Davis highlights on YouTube, as i’m pretty just about every fan did. Another way fans probably reacted to this trade was how Pete Zayas of LakerFilmRoom pointed out, they probably played with AD on the Lakers in NBA 2K, which if I owned the game I would have totally done.
And Lakers fans are losing their minds for good reason. Anthony Davis is a superstar. Not only is he a superstar, but he’s about to enter the prime of his career. He’s only 26 years old. Think about it, when LeBron turns 37 years old at the end of his contract, Anthony Davis will only be 29. He’d still be in his prime. They finally got their second superstar to place alongside LeBron, and it’s one who looks like he’ll bridge the gap to the next era of Lakers basketball as well...
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21 hours ago
Questions, wild cards and bottom lines after the enormous AD trade
When Kyrie Irving declared a week before the trade deadline that he didn't "owe anybody s---," he inadvertently provided the Los Angeles Lakers leverage in their trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans surrounding Anthony Davis.
Due to an arcane cap rule, the Boston Celtics, who had been hoarding the mother lode for Davis for years, could not trade for him until after July 1. The Pelicans expected Boston's godfather offer, presumably built around Jayson Tatum, would be there July 1. The May draft lottery also could create a new suitor if the No. 1 pick landed right. Waiting was smart.
But if Irving was leaning toward bolting Boston, the Lakers could plausibly argue Boston's mega-offer would vanish with him; the Celtics could not risk losing Irving, Tatum, other prime assets and then Davis, in the event Davis also walked in free agency in the summer of 2020. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka could tell Dell Demps, then the Pelicans general manager: Take our offer today, because it might not be as good in July if Boston is in shambles.
The Lakers, through multiple avenues, absolutely tried to use the leverage Irving had given them in precisely this way. The Pelicans ignored them. Incredibly, everything the Lakers postured about then has come to pass, and the Pelicans somehow still pocketed a better deal than the one Los Angeles dangled four-plus months ago.
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21 hours ago
With Anthony Davis, Lakers should be heavy NBA title favorites | NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t just pry open LeBron James’ championship window. They just blasted the window straight off the frame.
The NBA happens fast, doesn’t it? Five days ago, Kevin Durant was returning to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and the two-time defending champs looked for a three-peat. In one of the most disastrous NBA weeks in recent history, Durant ruptured his Achilles and three days later, Klay Thompson tore his ACL. The Lakers didn’t even let the Raptors’ championship parade begin before they took back the frontpage.
After reportedly trading for Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks (including this year’s No. 4 pick) and two unprotected pick swaps, the Lakers didn’t just catapult from a lottery team to championship contenders. They should be heavy favorites.
Davis is that good. As I detailed in the BIG Number in February, Davis becomes the best teammate James has ever had. The trade deadline soap opera and the Pelicans’ firesale obscure the fact that Davis had a monster season, posting a 30.3 player efficiency rating, which would be the highest for any James teammate, including Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Chris Bosh. Pick any metric from the pile and they all agree that Davis is one of the best players in today’s game -- and that was a down year.
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21 hours ago
Watch Robyn Work the Mic Stand in Her "Ever Again" Video | Music News | Consequence of Sound
A dancing pop queen owning it amongst Greco-Roman ruins
Robyn is one of pop’s finest, rarest treasures, and her new music video underscores that exquisitely. The clip for “Ever Again”, the closing track and latest single off Honey, finds the Swedish singer declaring her independence from heartbreak amongst Greco-Roman ruins. The setting highlights the priceless nature of the pop star, but its her dance moves that really stand out.
As she spins and gyrates across the sandy floor, Robyn uses her mic stand like it’s one half dance partner, one half lover. She wraps herself around it, wraps it around her, drops and catches it, dips and dives with it. It’s a masterclass in mic choreography as only Robyn can teach.
Take a look at Robyn’s “Ever Again” video below. You can also catch her moves when she returns for more US tour dates this July; get tickets here.
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How great is Anthony Davis? He’s in a class with Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Kobe - Los Angeles Times
Anthony Davis will soon be the Lakers’ next superstar big man after New Orleans agreed to a trade Saturday that will ship three young Lakers and three first-round draft picks to the Pelicans.
A look at the career highlights of the six-time all-star and three-time all-NBA player who played seven seasons in New Orleans.
— First overall draft pick in 2012 draft.
— NBA All-Rookie team (2013).
— All-NBA first team (2015, 2017, 2018).
— NBA All-Defensive first team (2018), second team (2015, 2017).
— Career averages for 466 games: 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals.
— From Dec. 1, 2018, to Jan. 2, 2019, he had 331 points and 157 rebounds to become the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1994 to have at least 325 points and 150 rebounds in a 10-game span within a single season.
— Became the first player with nine games of at least 45 points and 15 rebounds in his career since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976 with a 48-point, 17-rebound effort on Dec. 28, 2018, in a 114-112 win over Dallas.
— Set franchise playoff record with 47 points in a win over Portland on April 21, 2018. It was the most points scored in a series-clinching win since Kobe Bryant’s 48 points in 2001 versus Sacramento.
— Recorded his first career triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and a franchise-record 10 blocks against Utah on March 11, 2018.
— Became the first player in history with 53 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots in a game versus Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2018.
— Joined Bob McAdoo as the only player in history with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and five steals in back-to-back games when he had 44 points, 17 rebounds and six steals in a double overtime win at Brooklyn on Feb. 10, 2018.
— Became the only player since 1983 to have 40 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots in less than 30 minutes during a game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 9, 2017.
— Had 45 points and 17 rebounds against Golden State on Oct. 28, 2016, making him the third player in the last 40 years to record back-to-back games with at least 45 points and 15 rebounds, joining Charles Barkley (1988) and Moses Malone (1982).
— Became the first player in history with 50 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and five steals in a loss to Denver on Oct. 26, 2016.
— Set a franchise record for points in a game with 59 in a win at Detroit on Feb. 21, 2016, becoming the youngest player in history with that many points. Became the third player with 59 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (four times) and Shaq (2001).
— On Dec. 27, 2014, he played in his hometown of Chicago for the first time and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 107-100 loss to the Bulls.
— Joined McAdoo, Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to average at least 31 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals in the first four playoff games during a 2015 playoff series against Golden State.
Sources: NBA.com, basketball.reference.com
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Timing of Anthony Davis trade might hamper Lakers' signing of third star - Los Angeles Times
The details of the blockbuster trade that will make Anthony Davis a Laker are still being sorted out. Chief among them: the timing of the trade.
For now, the plan is to execute the trade on July 6, right after the moratorium ends on the start of free agency — and while both sides are open to moving the date, it’s unlikely that will change.
July 6 is the soonest the trade can be legally completed, and would require the Lakers to trade the draft rights of the No. 4 pick, rather than the player’s contract. It would also leave the Lakers without enough salary cap space to sign another free agent to a maximum contract. If Davis declines to waive his $4-million trade kicker, it would leave the Lakers with a little more than $23 million in salary cap space.
On the other hand, because of salary cap rules, if the trade is consummated in late July, the Lakers would have the space to add another maximum contract. That cap space could used on players such as Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker, All-Star point guards who will be free agents.
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The Sports Report: Lakers trade for Anthony Davis - Los Angeles Times
Howdy, my name is John Cherwa and I’m the guest instructor on this here newsletter as Houston Mitchell contemplates what to do with his Lonzo Ball Lakers jersey.
Anthony Davis a Laker
We’re going to skip all the smart aleck comments today and get right to the biggest story since the end of the NBA playoffs. First, let’s get to news, courtesy of Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner. The full story is here, and here’s a tighter version.
“The Anthony Davis saga is over and the Lakers have their next superstar big man.
“The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart along with three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 selection on June 20, to New Orleans to acquire Davis.
“Since the trade cannot be finalized until July 6, the Lakers will have the salary cap space to sign another top-tier free agent to a maximum contract.
“Davis’ acquisition comes a year after the Lakers signed LeBron James. At the time, their front office of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka said James was the first part of a two-year process to rebuild the Lakers into a championship-caliber team.
“The Lakers hoped to make progress last season. Hampered by injuries, particularly a five-week absence by James because of a groin injury, they missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
“Davis, 26, requested a trade in January and the Lakers aggressively pursued him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Though the Lakers were enthusiastic in trying to make a deal, then Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was less so. Demps refused to work with Pelinka, and while he took then president of basketball operations Johnson’s phone calls, he barely engaged with his offers. Demps was fired later that month. The Pelicans hired former Cleveland general manager David Griffin as their top basketball executive.”
Now, let’s get to the analysis from Bill Plaschke. Same routine, full story here. The highlights below.
“This was more than just a trade for Anthony Davis.
“This was a trade for a championship.
“In dealing Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for the NBA’s most dominating inside presence Saturday, the Lakers did more than just add a giant superstar.
“They created a title team out of a losing team. They turned a group of underachievers into a group that can overwhelm. They returned hope to a hopelessly lost franchise, real hope, ring hope.
“This was a trade for LeBron James’ interest. You think he’ll emotionally invest in this team now? By creating a legitimate title hope, the Lakers should start seeing the legitimate LeBron.
“This was a trade for potential free agents’ attention. You think somebody like Kyrie Irving would want to join this group? Maybe even Kawhi Leonard? One of the league’s most unsettling environments just became its most attractive.
“This was a trade for Davis’ future. He is a free agent at the end of the season, and while his representatives have said he wants to play in Los Angeles, the Lakers no longer have to worry about him spending the year being wooed by someone else. He is a Laker now, and will probably be a Laker for a long time.
“This was a trade for Kyle Kuzma’s empowerment. They kept Kuzma! Can you believe they somehow made a major trade for a big-time star and still managed to hold on to arguably their best young player and fan favorite?”
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Anthony Davis trade gives Lakers championship hopes - Los Angeles Times
This was more than just a trade for Anthony Davis.
This was a trade for a championship.
In dealing Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for the NBA’s most dominating inside presence Saturday, the Lakers did more than just add a giant superstar.
They created a title team out of a losing team. They turned a group of underachievers into a group that could overwhelm. They returned hope to a hopelessly lost franchise — real hope, ring hope.
It was a swap Lakers fans desperately sought after watching their team miss the playoffs for a franchise-worst six consecutive seasons. In recent weeks, they’d witnessed Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation, general manager Rob Pelinka’s botched coaching search and enough front office nonsense to make them wonder if the chaos would ever end. For them to now see one of the NBA’s five best players walk through the door is literally a sight for sore eyes.
This was a trade for LeBron James’ interest. You think he’ll emotionally invest in this team now? By creating a legitimate title hope, the Lakers should start seeing the legitimate LeBron.
This was a trade for potential free agents’ attention. You think somebody like Kyrie Irving would want to join this group? Kemba Walker would also probably love to play here now. They need a point guard, and they should be able to get one. They need a shooter, and they should be able to find one. One of the league’s most unsettling environments just became its most attractive.
This was a trade for Davis’ future. He is a free agent at the end of the season, and although his representatives had said he wanted to play in Los Angeles, the Lakers no longer have to worry about him spending the year being wooed by someone else. He is a Laker now, and will probably be a Laker for a long time.
This was a trade for Kyle Kuzma’s empowerment. They kept Kuzma! Can you believe they somehow made a major trade for a big-time star and still managed to hold on to arguably their best young player and fan favorite?
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Anthony Davis traded to Los Angeles Lakers by New Orleans Pelicans - The Washington Post
The first blockbuster move of the NBA offseason is nearing completion, and, frankly, it’s no big surprise.
The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to acquire superstar forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the fourth selection in Thursday’s draft, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday night, citing league sources.
The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver confirmed that the Lakers had agreed to acquire Davis.
The move shifts the tectonic plates of the Western Conference, giving the Lakers two of the NBA’s biggest stars as Davis teams LeBron James and vaulting them back into competitive standing and stocking the Pelicans with a slew of young players while freeing up salary cap space to jump-start a rebuild. New Orleans is widely expected to select Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday.
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The Lakers to Acquire Anthony Davis in a Trade - Forum Blue And Gold
...In total, then, we are looking at the Lakers top 3 assets in Lonzo, Ingram, and #4 overall pick, Josh Hart, two future 1st round picks, and, potentially, the ability to swap one or more future 1st rounders going out to New Orleans.
That is a lot. And, on the most basic level, this will be hard to accept and could (and will be by many) seen as an overpay. Especially when viewed through the prism of the other teams in the running for Davis not offering up their best assets. So, to see the Lakers give up their best assets, it can be hard to swallow.
That said, another way of looking at this is that the other teams offering their second tier assets means that they don’t actually walk away with Davis. And the Lakers do. Anthony Davis. An All-NBA level player, All-Defensive team level player, and a guy who is in the conversation for one of the 5 (or so) best players in the league.
That’s who the Lakers just traded for. So, while I understand lamenting what the Lakers lose in this, focusing on what they gain is, really, more important. Davis will not be 27 until after next season’s all-star break. The bulk of his prime is ahead of him. He is a game changing talent on both sides of the ball and can be your anchor as a scoring threat or as an all-court defender who can guard on the perimeter and protect the rim. And he’s joining a team that already has LeBron James...
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The massive risks and rewards behind this Anthony Davis trade
Last summer, the San Antonio Spurs thought they had the Los Angeles Lakers right where they wanted them. L.A. had the inside track to sign LeBron James as a free agent on July 1. But the belief around the league was that James wouldn't come to the Lakers by himself and spend the last years of his prime babysitting their young roster.
The Spurs thought it was a moment of maximum leverage from which to trade Kawhi Leonard, and they wanted everything the Lakers could offer. Not a couple of the Lakers' young players and draft picks. All of them.
The Lakers had spent five years building their team through the lottery and felt good about how they had reshaped their roster. They had held on to their young players when Paul George was traded. When Jimmy Butler was traded. When DeMarcus Cousins was traded. Were they really going to part with all of them now? Could they sign James without that second star in place?
The Lakers held firm. James came anyway, banking on the Lakers getting him a co-star in a trade or via free agency in the summer of 2019. Leonard, meanwhile, was traded to the Toronto Raptors and won an NBA title.
The Pelicans' trade demands in exchange for Anthony Davis were nearly identical to the Spurs' requests for Leonard. Their pressure points, leverage and even the young players involved were virtually the same.
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Lakers: LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram react to Anthony Davis trade on social media - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram all took to social media to share their thoughts to the Lakers finalizing their blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis.
The Los Angeles Lakers finally did it. They traded for Anthony Davis, and all it cost them was Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a protected 2021 first-round pick, an unprotected pick swap in 2023, and another first-rounder that will convey in 2024 or 2025.
Okay, so maybe it cost them quite a bit to bring Davis to his preferred trade destination and unite him with LeBron James. But for what it’s worth, after various whispers and questions about how happy James is with the state of the Lakers have followed the team around all offseason, he made it pretty clear on Instagram that he’s thrilled with how things have turned out, saying this move is “just the beginning” for the team:
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AD on da way!! @antdavis23 . Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning.. #LakeShow
A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 15, 2019 at 8:16pm PDT
Also happy about the cataclysmic shift that took place on Saturday? Hart and Ingram, the latter of whom posted a smiling emoji on Instagram in the aftermath of the trade, while the former just did his best impression of the same emoji. Phenomenal social synergy from the new Pelicans:
Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram had the same reaction to getting traded. pic.twitter.com/Bsop8d1pld
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 15, 2019
Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma, the last man standing from the Lakers’ young core — unless you, like my fiancee, count Moe Wagner in that group — began summarizing his feelings on social media with what appeared to be a subtle dig at all the people who wanted to see him among the players shipped out for Davis:
Shanghai ✈️ Los Angeles
— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 16, 2019
Then, he shared the affect the trade had on his day, while also ingratiating himself with his star, soon-to-be teammate:
Bro I just got mobbed in Shanghai thanks @AntDavis23
— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 16, 2019
Finally, Kuz took to Instagram to remember the fallen, who were exiled to the Bayou so the Lakers’ championship dreams might live. Never forget...
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Lakers Rumors: Pelicans are ‘unlikely’ to delay Anthony Davis trade to help L.A. open max cap space - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers’ grand plan for teaming three superstars together this offseason now appears to rely on David Griffin’s benevolence, or the surrender of another asset. Oh boy.
The Lakers paid a heavy price to acquire Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade that essentially gutted the entire roster outside of franchise cornerstones LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma. One of the theories behind surrendering so many assets was that clearing out all of the team’s young players would give the Lakers enough cap space to sign a third superstar to complement James and Davis.
The cap mechanics required to make that happen are quite complicated, however, and it doesn’t appear that the Lakers negotiated cooperation from the Pelicans to ensure max space during their trade talks.
Currently, because the trade has not been officially completed, the Lakers have maximum cap space for a 7-to-9 year free agent, like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, or Jimmy Butler. The Lakers can use that space before consummating the Davis trade, which was assumed to be the plan. Because the Lakers would then be operating over the cap, they would need to send matching salary to New Orleans to facilitate the Davis trade. That matching salary includes the no. 4 overall pick, and that player cannot be traded until 30 days after signing his contract, which puts July 30 as the earliest day such a trade could be executed.
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Anthony Davis trade will be finalized on July 6th - Lakers Outsiders
After the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Anthony Davis on Saturday, speculation immediately arose about their plans to build a super team with another star acquisition in free agency. However, it appears as though that will not be possible due to the timing of the trade.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the trade will be finalized on July 6th meaning the Lakers cannot sign the 4th overall pick before sending him to New Orleans. As a result, they will have to take some of Davis’ contract into their cap space rather than matching salaries.
Woj reports that the deal could still be amended to wait until July 30th to finalize it. That would likely hinge on Lakers’ intel about whether or not they can sign a max player – something they could learn quickly as free agency opens up.
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NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis will reportedly not waive trade kicker, and other complications will likely leave Lakers with less than max cap space - Silver Screen and Roll
There were a lot of celebrations to be had when the Lakers managed to trade for Anthony Davis, in part because it looked like a second star might be on the way. Additional details about the deal make it appear as though that may not be possible.
In the immediate aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers finalizing the details on their blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis, there was a lot of reporting on who the team would go after next, because it appeared they had maintained enough room for another maximum contract. Would they chase Kemba Walker? Try to woo Kyrie Irving? The possibilities seemed endless, for about 9-10 hours at least.
That’s when the news came down from Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks of ESPN: It appears that the Lakers were not able to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to wait to finalize the deal, and it will probably be completed on July 6. That, combined with their reporting that Davis will most likely not waive his trade kicker, means that the Lakers will probably not have anywhere close to max cap space in free agency.
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The Lakers acquire Anthony Davis: Answering four big questions – The Athletic
In the NBA, trades involving superstars are always hard to pull off, even those that feel inevitable. They’re never done until they are.
And this one is done. Anthony Davis is a Laker.
The Lakers agreed to send Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks (including this year’s, the fourth overall selection) to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Davis. It’s a seismic shift in the NBA landscape, one that will take a little time to fully digest and dissect.
In the meantime, here are answers to four of the more immediate (and at least semi-answerable) questions.
1. Is Anthony Davis worth all this trouble?
Yes. Very much so. He is one of the league’s transcendent talents, a top-five guy without question. He averaged about 26/12/4 with 2.5 blocks last season, despite all the weirdness following his trade demand. Davis was fourth in win shares per 48 minutes, fourth in box plus-minus and third in...
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How the Anthony Davis trade changes the next NBA title chase
What are the league-wide implications from the Anthony Davis trade?
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal to acquire the All-Star big from the New Orleans Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and multiple first-round picks. Davis is now paired with LeBron James in a wide-open Western Conference, and the Pelicans now have a deep collection of pieces to complement consensus No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson.
So, who won the trade? How good are the Lakers and Pelicans now? And what's next for both teams?
Our NBA experts answer the big questions following this blockbuster move.
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NBA Rumors: Lakers Trade Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Three First Round Draft Picks For Anthony Davis
At the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers attempted to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans following his trade request on Jan. 28.
Despite former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson’s ‘godfather’ offer, the Pelicans did not want to trade Davis to his preferred destination and wanted to wait for offers from the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
However, after the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, the Lakers landed the No. 4 pick as the Celtics and Knicks did not fare as well. And once Davis did not change his stance on the trade request, the Pelicans started listening to offers.
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Lakers to acquire NBA superstar Anthony Davis in trade with Pelicans - Los Angeles Times
The Anthony Davis saga is over and the Lakers have their next superstar big man.
It could cost them big, however, as they attempt to return to the NBA’s elite.
The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade Davis to the Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The Lakers will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart and several draft picks to New Orleans to acquire Davis.
The Pelicans will get the No. 4 pick in this week’s draft. They’ll get the Lakers’ first-rounder in 2021 if it’s in the top eight. If it isn’t, the Pelicans will get an unprotected first-rounder in 2022. The Pelicans will have the right to swap picks with the Lakers in 2023. The Pelicans will also get an unprotected first round pick in 2024, with a right to defer to 2025. It’s the largest haul of picks sent out by the Lakers since they acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in 2012.
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Lakers Rumors: Anthony Davis Plans To Sign Contract Extension In 2020 NBA Free Agency
After months of speculation and rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans finally reportedly reached a deal to send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.
It did not come at a cheap price as the Lakers will be sending Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans.
They did get to keep Kyle Kuzma, Moritz Wagner, and Isaac Bonga and while it will be tough to see some talented young players go, that’s what it takes to acquire a player of Davis’ caliber.
Ever since Davis hired Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul prior to 2018-19 NBA season, it became apparent that he wanted to play for the Lakers and he and Paul would do whatever it took to make that happen — even if that meant waiting until he became a free agent in 2020.
While Davis will now soon become a member of the Lakers and will be eligible to sign an extension with them as early as this summer, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Davis still plans to play out the final year of his contract and hit free agency in 2020...
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Report: Anthony Davis will test free agency in 2020 - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers’ acquisition of Anthony Davis does not come without risk. For one, the team gutted its depth and its young assets to get a second star for LeBron James. Secondly, Davis is a free agent in a year and if things go poorly, he could bolt.
Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, have made it clear from the start that they want to be in Los Angeles. But despite being able to sign an extension, the big man appears to be keeping his options open, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes:
While fans may be disappointed that Davis will not commit to the franchise before ever playing a game, they should not be surprised. Davis has made the postseason twice since entering the league, winning only one game. If the Lakers’ plans at a super team go awry, no one should fault Davis for exploring other options. That’s not to mention the extra money that he could earn by waiting until free agency to ink a new deal with the Lakers or another team.
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NBA Rumors: Anthony Davis plans on opting out of current contract, re-signing with Lakers in 2020 - Silver Screen and Roll
Lakers fans can sleep well at night knowing Anthony Davis isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Shortly after it was announced that the Los Angeles Lakers had successfully pulled off a trade for Anthony Davis, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Davis would not sign an extension with the team and test free agency in 2020, causing the celebrations from Lakers fans to stop momentarily.
Fortunately, it doesn’t like Davis will be another “Dwightmare” for the Lakers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Davis plans on signing a new contract with the Lakers when he hits the open market next summer:
Davis, who had requested a trade to L.A. in January, joins James in Los Angeles to create one of the most powerful duos in the NBA. Davis has long planned to sign a new contract with the Lakers once he becomes eligible for free agency in 2020.
Granted, a lot can change over the course of a season. Remember when Kyrie Irving told Celtics fans that he was going to re-sign in October? It’s now June and all signs point to Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Life comes at you fast.
That being said, the fact that Davis is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the same agent that represents LeBron James, leads one to believe that Davis will sign a five-year, max contract when the time comes next summer. Again, nothing is a guarantee until Davis puts a pen to paper, but the Lakers have every reason to believe he’ll re-sign, which justifies their gamble.
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Social media reacts to AD trade: 'NBA is a 365 operation'
Social media erupted Saturday night after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the New Orleans Pelicans had agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.
That a trade was coming was no surprise, but the magnitude of the deal and the pairing of Davis with LeBron James still sent shockwaves throughout the sports world.
The deal cannot be finalized until July 1, but the reaction was immediate - and then, James gave Davis his new number with his new team.
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AD deal solidifies Lakers' favorite status in Vegas
Count Las Vegas oddsmakers among those who were not caught off guard by the Los Angeles Lakers' blockbuster trade for superstar Anthony Davis.
In anticipation of a potential trade for Davis, the Lakers were installed as the favorites to win next year's championship at multiple sportsbooks, shortly after the Toronto Raptors finished off the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in a decisive Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Lakers' status as favorites was solidified Sunday. After the trade news broke, Caesars Sportsbook trimmed the Lakers' odds to win the 2019-20 NBA title from +400 to +350.
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Anthony Davis trade makes the Lakers a premier free agent destination - SBNation.com
There was no certainty the Lakers would land a star free agent. Trading for Davis absolutely changes that.
The Lakers pulled off the deal everyone saw coming. They sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — including the No. 4-overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft — to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. Los Angeles also has enough cap space to offer a max contract to one of the premier free agents in this summer’s loaded open market, and they’re reportedly already shifting focus to signing Kemba Walker to complete their Big 3.
This is a turn of events of epic proportions for the Lakers. They’ve gone from laughingstock to arguably the favorites to win the title next year.
Before this trade, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers weren’t the frontrunners “or even really a major consideration among any of the elite free agents.” Things, as you can imagine, are just a little bit different now.
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WalterFootball.com: Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from Pelicans for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, three first-round picks
It was initially reported that the Pelicans were attempting to acquire Kyle Kuzma on top of Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball for Anthony Davis. They didn't end up obtaining Kuzma, making this deal more reasonable for both teams.
Despite not acquiring Kuzma, the Pelicans still got a fine haul for Davis. Ingram was stellar toward the end of this past season, nearly averaging 28 points per game in his final six contests. Ball has plenty of potential, though he needs to work on his shot. Josh Hart seems like a throw-in, as he has health concerns stemming from patellar tendon surgery. The three first-round picks are key as well, as New Orleans will have the fourth-overall choice next week.
I often favor the team obtaining the best player in NBA trades, but this one is a bit different. The Lakers made a huge mistake by not trading LeBron James, as James is way past his prime and is now one of the worst defensive players in the league. James, Davis and Kuzma won't compete for a championship, especially if Davis continues to deal with injuries. Davis is soft and injury-prone, so he's not someone I would have been eager to acquire. That said, the Lakers shouldn't be graded poorly because they didn't give up Kuzma in this trade.
Grade for Lakers - B
Grade for Pelicans - B+
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Sources -- Lakers reach deal for Pelicans' Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement to acquire three-time All-NBA forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for three players and three first-round draft picks on Saturday, league sources told ESPN.
The Lakers paid a steep price to partner Davis with LeBron James: sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and the picks -- including the No. 4 overall selection in Thursday's NBA draft -- to the Pelicans, sources said. The Lakers were able to hold on to forward Kyle Kuzma in the trade.
New Orleans' trade package from the Lakers represents one of the most substantial returns on a single star player in modern league history.
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The Lakers Land Anthony Davis. OK — Now What? | FiveThirtyEight
If the door for contention out in the Western Conference swung wide open this week after a pair of brutal Golden State injuries, it appears that the Lakers just walked right through it.
Los Angeles, vying to make the most of LeBron James’s remaining window, agreed to a deal Saturday that would land them Pelicans star Anthony Davis in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 in Thursday’s draft.
The haul was significant from several standpoints: Aside from giving James his first real star running mate out in L.A. (the Lakers will undoubtedly go for one more in free agency), it also takes a couple of other teams out of the running for a serious overhaul. In particular, it’s a blow for a club like the Celtics, who might have been able to further entice free-agent-to-be Kyrie Irving into staying had they landed Davis. (The tea leaves on him staying haven’t looked great lately.)
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Anthony Davis trade: Twitter reacts to Lakers deal for Pelicans star | SI.com
And after months and months of speculating about when and where Anthony Davis would get traded, the Pelicans reportedly agreed to a deal with the Lakers on Saturday.
With a wild free agency ready to get underway in a couple weeks and the draft taking place Thursday, people can't help but speculate about what Los Angeles's next move will be.
And they also had to react to LeBron James uniting with AD and the Celtics' reported insistence on not trading Jayson Tatum.
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NBA Rumors: Pelicans didn’t respond to Lakers until Rob Pelinka offered three first-round picks - Silver Screen and Roll
In probably the least surprising development of the Anthony Davis trade saga, David Griffin played hard ball with the Lakers.
When the New Orleans Pelicans started listening to offers for Anthony Davis earlier this week, the narrative was that New Orleans’ ownership didn’t want to deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fast forward a few days and Davis is headed to L.A., but the deal wouldn’t have been completed without some heavy-lifting from general manager Rob Pelinka.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin didn’t return the Lakers’ calls until Pelinka put three first-rounders on the table...
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Anthony Davis traded to L.A. Lakers anyway, after all that drama - SBNation.com
A five-month drama played out just to end how we thought it would.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are really going to play on the same team in the 2019-20 season. It’s really happening. After five months of nonstop negotiating and drama through the media, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to trade Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a bevy of picks for Davis, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans is getting quite a draft haul from the Lakers, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN, including three first-round picks:
2019 first-rounder (No. 4 overall)
2021 first-rounder (top-8 protected, unprotected in 2022)
2023 unprotected pick swap
2024 first-rounder (unprotected)
2025 unprotected pick swap
Ironically, the drama that started with Davis wanting to play in Los Angeles ends with the solution that felt inevitable all along. The Pelicans held out on a mid-season trade in hopes for a stronger offer — possibly from the Boston Celtics — over the summer, but ended up with a very similar deal to what they were offered in February. Per the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in a deal. Any leverage the Pels had was lost because Davis, who has just one year left on his contract, had the ultimate say in where he would stay long-term.
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Lakers trade Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round draft picks for Anthony Davis - Silver Screen and Roll
The price was steep, but the Lakers have finally acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans
Well, it finally happened. After months of speculation, some of the most contentious and public trade negotiations the NBA has ever seen and changes at the top of both team’s management structure, Anthony Davis has finally gotten his wish and will join LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, with L.A. sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks to to David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans in return.
Here are the official trade details, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Along with the three picks, the Pelicans will also be able to swap picks in 2023 and other benefits:
That’s a steep price to pay, but the chance to pair Davis with LeBron James is probably worth it. Davis is just 26 years old — only three years older than Kyle Kuzma — and can not only serve as the perfect partner to help James stave off any decline by taking on some of the Lakers’ workload, but is also young enough to serve as a bridge to the next era of Lakers basketball.
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Report: Lakers acquire Pelicans' Anthony Davis - Lakers Outsiders
After much speculation, the Los Angeles Lakers have finally acquired a second star for LeBron James. According to Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN, the Lakers have acquired former New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade.
The Pelicans will receive Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks (including the 2019 number four overall pick) in exchange for their franchise star, marking the end of the Lakers careers of several members of their lofty young core.
The LA Times’ Tania Ganguli has reported that the draft picks will be sent out in the following manner:
The Pelicans receive the Lakers 2019 4th overall pick. The Lakers 2021 first-round pick will go to the Pelicans if it lands in the top eight. Otherwise, it becomes an unprotected 2022 first round to New Orleans. The Pelicans will have the right to swap first-round picks in 2023. Finally, they will receive a first-round pick in 2024 with the right to defer it to 2025 instead.
The move comes after much open discussion in the media about who was and wasn’t being included in trade talks. It seemed that the Lakers were not willing to include forward Kyle Kuzma in the deal and it was hinging on that. Ultimately, the Lakers forward was not included in the deal for Davis, confirming all of those reports.
Davis and James give the Lakers an admirable start to a potential powerhouse with two top-five players. There will have to be some serious cap space maneuvering to be able to add a third superstar alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but if that’s not possible, the Lakers still have one of the best duos in the NBA. With Davis and LeBron, they should be able to build quite the team for the 2019-20 season.
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NBA Rumors: Lakers still keeping Kyle Kuzma out of trade talks for Anthony Davis - Silver Screen and Roll
Kyle Kuzma seems to be the only thing between the Lakers and Anthony Davis, but that could obviously change before a deal gets done.
The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have been in communication over a trade for Anthony Davis over at least the last 24 hours, but it seems they’ve reached a stalemate over one player: Kyle Kuzma.
On Wednesday, Marc Stein of The New York Times was among those reporting that the Lakers were holding the 23-year-old forward out of trade talks. On Thursday, he provided an update on the situation, saying that the team plans on holding firm on that stance, at least for now:
The easiest way to look at this is to go, “Wow, the Lakers are going to miss out on Davis because of Kuzma, who’s only three years younger than Davis? This team sucks!” However, as much of a portion of the fanbase would love to run with that narrative, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
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Lakers: Examining the state of the Anthony Davis trade negotiations - Silver Screen and Roll
The stalemate in the Anthony Davis trade talks suggests that the Lakers are handling this process more effectively than they did at the trade deadline.
Last week, I posited here that the Lakers were the last team standing in the race to trade for Anthony Davis. In the intervening days, nearly every report has confirmed that Los Angeles is in fact the leader in the clubhouse to acquire the soon-to-be former Pelican.
And yet, here we stand, less than a week before the NBA Draft — the self-imposed, pseudo-deadline that New Orleans GM David Griffin set to trade Davis — and he still isn’t a Laker. A deal that everyone expects to get done hasn’t come to fruition. The longer this holding pattern remains, the more worrisome it is that this process will become a repeat of the February trade deadline.
There are reasons to be optimistic about Davis eventually donning the purple and gold, but the whole situation has borne out some interesting subplots that are worth taking a closer look at.
The first is that Kyle Kuzma is evidently the player among Los Angeles’ young core that New Orleans “covets” the most. On the surface, this is objectively ridiculous. Kuzma is a perfectly fine player who draws a lot of praise because of his ability to score at a high volume. But he isn’t overwhelmingly efficient, he’s almost 24 years old, and he doesn’t have a ton of value beyond scoring.
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Lakers News: Rich Paul only confirmed that Anthony Davis had demanded a trade because Dell Demps leaked it - Silver Screen and Roll
Rich Paul claims that it was Dell Demps who told the media that Anthony Davis was demanding a trade, and he only confirmed it when asked.
After five long months, the Anthony Davis trade saga finally appears to be coming to an end, and the Los Angeles Lakers look like they might come out on top. However, things didn’t get to where they are without getting a little ugly first.
Shortly after Davis’ trade request leaked in January, the NBA fined him $50,000 because his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, went on the record and confirmed the rumor to ESPN. The league ruled that Paul’s comments were “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.”
In a recent interview with S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated, Paul expressed regret for doing things the way he did, but he offered his reasoning for doing it...
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Lakers News: David Griffin says Pelicans ‘not in a hurry’ to trade Anthony Davis before 2019 NBA Draft - Silver Screen and Roll
This is kind of what David Griffin has to say to help the Pelicans maintain leverage, but it still seems possible that Anthony Davis could join the Lakers prior to the 2019 NBA Draft, or during it.
On Monday morning, news broke that New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin had begun talking to the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams about a possible trade for Anthony Davis, and that he was hoping to get the situation resolved by the 2019 NBA Draft, or even as soon as this weekend.
But while that may be true, Griffin said on a conference call with local media that he isn’t in a rush to do a deal, even if he’s “open minded” about the possibility of one (via Pelicans beat writer Andrew Lopez of The Times-Picayune):
“I don’t anticipate anything of major significance other than the meeting with Zion and his family. I never anticipate that. I’m open minded. I think we all are. There’s a point at which we act. If things evolve in such a way that it’s time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will. But we’re not in a hurry to do anything. We don’t feel there is a time sensitivity to anything we’re talking about. That includes AD’s desire to stay or not stay. It’s not something there’s a shot clock on.”
This is sort of what Griffin has to say here. That doesn’t make it not true, but he also can’t publicly admit that he wants to get a deal done by a specific date, because it would give teams leverage over him to try and force a lower deal in negotiations if they know he just wants this resolved.
But Griffin is an experienced executive, and no one should expect him to make a bad deal just to make one, anyway. Of course he’s also open to getting something done, but even if he really wants this to be over, he’s not going to just give Davis away.
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NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers and Pelicans have spoken about Anthony Davis, David Griffin wants to get deal done before 2019 NBA Draft - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers and Pelicans getting a deal for Anthony Davis done before the 2019 NBA Draft is starting to feel more likely by the day.
As was fully demonstrated at the trade deadline in February, the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans certainly aren’t guaranteed to be able to come together and make a deal for Anthony Davis before the 2019 NBA Draft. These things can fall apart quickly, and negotiations can get acrimonious in an instant.
With that noted, it certainly seems as if the two sides are slowly progressing closer to a potential deal. There may be some within the Pelicans who still don’t want to trade Davis to the Lakers, but new lead executive David Griffin is at least picking up the phone for L.A., among other teams, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN...
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Lakers Rumors: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, No. 4 pick are all available for Anthony Davis - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers are putting all of their blue chip assets — Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 pick — on the table as they continue their pursuit of Anthony Davis.
The Los Angeles Lakers are offering everything as they try to complete a trade for Anthony Davis with the New Orleans Pelicans, as according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, their offer includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 pick:
Obviously Lakers fans would hate to see both Ingram and Ball go, but in trading both of them, Los Angeles would theoretically get to keep some combination of Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga and still have room to sign an All-Star free agent like Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. They are evidently doing their best to keep Kuzma, at least.
It’s likely Ball and Ingram will end up being the best of the players the Lakers have drafted over the past few years, but Hart and Kuzma are on cost-controlled contracts for the next two seasons and showed they can play alongside LeBron James this past season. That has value.
For context, the three-man lineup of James, Hart and Kuzma had a net rating of +9.3 while the three-man lineup of James, Ball and Ingram had a net rating of +3.7. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story, but it makes sense considering neither Ball or Ingram are high volume or efficient 3-point shooters.
As negotiations carry on, the Lakers may be able to keep Ball, Ingram or the No. 4 pick, but right now it’s looking like they’ll have to part with all three to get Davis in Los Angeles. It’s a steep price to pay, for sure, but a necessary one if they want to pair James with Davis and another superstar this summer.
As Samuel L. Jackson once said: Hold on to your butts.
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Lakers Rumors: L.A. is trying to keep Kyle Kuzma out of Anthony Davis trade - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers evidently might be making Kyle Kuzma the hardest-to-get player in their trade discussions for Anthony Davis.
Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN went on “The Sedano Show” on ESPN Los Angeles and made it clear that while the Los Angeles Lakers don’t want to include Kyle Kuzma in a trade for Anthony Davis (as written about below, he’s not necessarily untouchable):
“The one thing that I have been told has not been included is Kyle Kuzma. But that’s within the context of, ‘if you want those two, you don’t Kuzma. If you want Kuzma you don’t get say, hypothetically, the pick.’ It’s always a sliding scale, generally.”
So that’s good to know.
Original story follows.
The Lakers may be putting Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on the table as they try to get a trade for Anthony Davis done, but they are evidently attempting to keep Kyle Kuzma out of the deal, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times, and Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times...
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Report: Lakers, Pelicans have "framework" for deal; NOLA shopping fourth overall pick - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans are in negotiations for a blockbuster trade that would send Anthony Davis to LA, according to multiple reports.
Indications are that a deal would have to involve multiple teams in order to occur and as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports, finding a third team seems to be the current step that the two teams are operating on.
According to Windhorst, the Lakers and Pelicans already have a “framework” for a trade done and are waiting on the Pelicans to find another team to take the Lakers’ fourth overall pick in exchange for an All-Star.
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Report: Pelicans covet Kyle Kuzma most in trade discussions - Lakers Outsiders
According to a report from LA Times reporter Brad Turner and Tania Ganguli, the New Orleans Pelicans covet Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma the most in trade talks.
The New Orleans Pelicans are interested in three of the Lakers’ young players — whether that’s Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart — and the No. 4 draft pick in order to acquire Davis, according to people familiar with the trade discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly because of the fluidity of the situation. It’s possible New Orleans could use the No. 4 pick to acquire a player from a third team.
Among the current young Lakers, New Orleans covets Kuzma the most.
According to people familiar with the Lakers’ thinking, Kuzma has ingratiated himself with the organization both on the court and off, and management does not want to trade the forward, who is entering his third season.
The Lakers might have an opportunity to keep their No. 4 pick should they agree to part with Kuzma.
Kyle Kuzma is a pretty good player, talented offensively and has a good personality. But he shouldn’t, under any circumstances, be the player that is holding up a trade for Anthony Davis. Moreso, why do the Pelicans covet him the most out of all of the Lakers young assets?
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The Lakers and Pelicans Continue to talk Anthony Davis Trade - Forum Blue And Gold
The Anthony Davis sweepstakes are open and the Pelicans are taking offers. We’ve actually known this for a few days, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers and Celtics are bidding against each other (this is important and we’ll get back to it later) and according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Lakers are back at offering up most of their young players:
More from Stein...
Oh? Well, that’s interesting.
We’re not done yet, though. Because Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the LA Times are also reporting that the Pelicans want more because of course they do.
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Lakers Rumors: Pelicans have officially begun Anthony Davis trade talks - Silver Screen and Roll
It sounds like the Lakers and Celtics are talking with the Pelicans about a trade for Anthony Davis, which feels like something we sort of knew already?
The Los Angeles Lakers (and Boston Celtics) have begun officially talking about an Anthony Davis trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to an assortment of ESPN’s biggest newsbreakers:
After we got some details on who the Lakers are and aren’t offering for Davis, Brian Windhorst of ESPN then went on “The Jump” and gave the latest on the current talks...
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Lakers ‘made progress’ with third team on Anthony Davis trade, while Pelicans aren’t interested in what Knicks are offering - Silver Screen and Roll
Day by day, it seems like the Lakers and Pelicans are getting closer to an Anthony Davis trade, while the Knicks fall further from the pack. But who is the mystery third team working with L.A.?
When the NBA trade deadline came and went in February, it seemed as though the Lakers had missed their opportunity to trade for Anthony Davis. The Celtics were going to outbid them by including Jayson Tatum, and the Knicks were going to dangle the No. 1 overall pick on draft night — at least that’s what many thought at the time. Four months later and it seems like the Lakers are the favorites to land the 26-year-old All-Star.
Despite what Danny Ainge may have promised the Pelicans earlier in the season, the Celtics are unlikely to include Jayson Tatum in a trade package for Davis because of Kyrie Irving’s uncertain future with the team. Meanwhile, the Knicks are struggling to stay competitive with the Lakers, who have gained traction on a multi-team deal, according to Ian Begley of SNY TV:
ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Lakers are the “leader in the clubhouse” for a potential Davis trade. One league source said Tuesday that Los Angeles had made progress towards completing a multi-team deal.
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Rich Paul says he’d be trying to help Anthony Davis get to Lakers whether LeBron James was on team or not - Silver Screen and Roll
Rich Paul flat out thinks the Lakers are the best fit for Anthony Davis, regardless of LeBron James being thr
Rich Paul emptied the clip on, well, everything to S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated. He addressed some of his perception in the league and outside of it, how he’s handled this Anthony Davis situation, Jennifer Lopez and more in a wide-ranging covers story that’s worth reading in its entirety.
For the intents and purposes of this article, though, let’s start with what he said about how he gets treated compared to some other agents around the league. The conversation around him is not quite the same, according to Paul, who also outlined why he’d be trying to help steer Davis to the Lakers whether LeBron James was there or not...
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LeBron James Reacts To Lakers Trading For Anthony Davis From Pelicans
Nearly five months after the Feb. 7 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers eventually traded for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans before the 2019 NBA Draft.
When the Pelicans hired executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, there was hope the two teams could potentially re-engage on Davis trade talks.
As Griffin tried to persuade Davis to stay, the 26-year-old did not change his stance on the trade request and the Pelicans began listening to trade offers. By waiting, the Lakers and Pelicans benefited greatly at the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
Although LeBron James has stayed relatively quiet since the 2018-19 NBA season ended and amid all of the drama, he welcomed Davis to Los Angeles, via Instagram...
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