Obviously, Ingram and Ball are no lock to become All-Stars and it’s conceivable none of the picks bring another star to New Orleans, but Griffin took the best offer out there and was still able to squeeze additional value out of it despite Rob Pelinka not being in direct competition with another team. I’d say that the Pelicans got two decent young players who have some potential but don’t overlook the injury histories of Ball and Ingram. This trade is so hard to distill into a simple grade, but for one main reason, I’ll give David Griffin an A. Another reason this trade might be super valuable: Brandon Ingram.

Now they’ll have even less flexibility, less quality players, and zero draft capital to trade or add cheap talent. Handing out grades for the Anthony Davis trade that netted Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three Laker first-round picks, Don’t frown at thought of Stan Van Gundy, David Griffin has to nail this Pelicans’ coaching hire, Everyone begs for a chance to land the next Brad Stevens or Erik Spoelstra, but that doesn’t appear to be reality for New Orleans, New Orleans Pelicans Head Coaching Search: Stan Van Gundy and Ty Lue named finalists, but Jamahl Mosley and Will Weaver still appear in the mix. I’m also higher on what the Lakers had to offer than most. The New Orleans Pelicans won Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, which poses a karma conundrum.On one hand, their fans endured a hellish season in which superstar Anthony Davis requested a trade…
The long-awaited Anthony Davis trade is a done deal. The Pelicans were patient, got it done before the draft, and completed the most creative draft pick haul the NBA has seen since the KG and Paul Pierce to BRK trade. Plus, it’s always fun to have two top 5 picks in the draft. Now with that promised superstar in tow, Pelinka has solidified his position as head of Lakers basketball operations and Griffin may be betting Pelinka fails in building a championship contender via free agency. Davis and his agent Rich Paul first requested out of New Orleans before the trade deadline, and now Los Angeles has paired up AD with fellow Klutch client LeBron James. "The Pelicans haven't countered the Lakers' offers but do have expectations that Johnson will overwhelm them with young players and a historic haul of draft picks. After all, New Orleans has robbed the Lakers of any chance of building through the draft as they essentially control the Laker picks for the next 5-7 years.

However, he is an extremely gifted passer and a highly regarded perimeter defender that should give opposing backcourts LeBron’s hairline flanking Jrue Holiday with an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course to a bucket. Handing out grades for the Anthony Davis trade that netted Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three Laker first-round picks 42 Fans ultimately wanted … If they don't pull off a deal before the deadline, it's not going to hurt them. The Lakers are currently offering the Pelicans a package that includes forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, guard Lonzo Ball and two first-round picks, as well as a willingness to absorb the remaining $12.7 million on Solomon Hill's contract in the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN.". I’m giving the trade a B+ and it could turn into an A depending on how Ingram, Ball and Hart pan out. It’s the future draft compensation that’s excited, but not because I expect the Pelicans to use all of it to actually draft players. The Lakers finally get their man in Anthony Davis while the Pelicans get a group of potential standout players and picks in a rare win-win trade for both teams. The Pelicans got so much flexibility for the future, which allows them to have patience in building a team around Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday. 4 pick project to be an exciting core. The leverage is obviously in the Pelicans' hands. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade Davis to the Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the deal. Fans ultimately wanted to see Jayson Tatum or another young star, but Los Angeles offered the best return and David Griffin squeezed out every drop. The pick could still be packaged for a more established player, with Jrue Holiday looming as a potential trade chip as well. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nba | pageType: stories | Playing in New Orleans versus Los Angeles will also provide it’s benefits. The Knicks were not really players in the deal and had cold feet due to the Kevin Durant injury. Through two years Lonzo’s more known for his name than his game and he too has had some health issues. The Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to the blockbuster trade on Saturday evening. Lonzo isn’t that yet, and he may never be. David Griffin is essentially betting on continued dysfunction in Laker land and LeBron James aging soon.

I also would not be surprised if this team is not done dealing with the draft soon approaching. In addition to that overwhelming package, the Pelicans also want the Lakers to absorb Solomon Hill's $12.7 million contract for the 2019-20 season. Josh Hart is a nice throw in that also aids the perimeter defense, and if his shot returns to form, could fill the 6th man role.

By DJ Siddiqi. The trade though, is buoyed by the picks New Orleans received from Los Angeles. Remember—the Lakers’ young core looked to be turning the corner before James’s arrival changed the timeline. 4 overall in 2019 Draft… While Jayson Tatum and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were individually valued higher than any single piece of the Lakers young core, this Davis trade is still considered an impressive haul for one player — especially because rumors indicate other teams like the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets were not willing to package away their top assets. The Pelicans won’t necessarily jump into the playoffs next season, but as far as reboots go, they could do a lot worse than the current core. It hurts to lose Davis, and some may accuse Pelicans president David Griffin of doing his former star James a favor.

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The Lakers are acquiring the star forward in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Getting away from the circus/incompetence that is the current Lakers and into a rebuilt Pelicans hierarchy should equate to a perfect fresh start.

It’s good, not great, but has the potential to become excellent.