The summer of 2019 did not take long before the first major domino to fall. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans have sent their franchise star, Anthony Davis, to the Los Angeles Lakers. In exchange, the Pelicans will receive Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
This trade comes just six months after Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, informed the Pelicans in January his client wouldn’t sign an extension with the team and has asked for a trade. Paul went on to request that the six-time all-star either be traded to the Lakers or Knicks if dealt before the trading deadline.
Despite giving up their franchise star, the future for the Pelicans seems bright moving forward. Thursday night, New Orleans will enter the next phase of their franchise by drafting Zion Williamson, basketball’s most elusive prospect since LeBron James in 2003. In addition to drafting Williamson, the Pelicans now have the opportunity to draft twice within the top-five picks.
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