The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to acquire triple NBA striker Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for three players and three first round selections on Saturday, officials told ESPN of the league.
The Lakers paid a high price to their partner Davis with LeBron James: sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and the selections – including the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft Thursday – to the Pelicans, sources said. . The Lakers have managed to retain striker Kyle Kuzma in the trade, which can not be finalized before July 1.
The Lakers commercial package in New Orleans represents one of the most substantial winnings for a single star player in the history of modern leagues.
Davis, who had requested an exchange at L.A. in January, joins James in Los Angeles to create one of the most powerful duos in the NBA. Davis has long been considering signing a new contract with the Lakers once he is eligible for free will in 2020, sources said.
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The return of the Pelicans to Davis has been substantial and perhaps even more impressive given the narrowing market in New Orleans. The rival teams thought Davis would eventually become only one year old before leaving for the Lakers next summer.
The pelicans will now have two of the top four picks on Thursday, # 1 and # 4. New Orleans will pick Zion Williamson at # 1 and now has the option to pick a player at # 4 – or trade it at auction in the next few days.
New Orleans has shown a keen interest in talks with teams in the fourth round in recent days, and talks are expected to continue over the next few days, sources said. The teams are chasing playmakers Darius Garland and Coby White in the lottery, giving New Orleans a chance to win even more points.
The teams have already expressed a strong interest in the fourth choice, sources said, and talks are expected to continue over the next few days.
The deal that sends the Lakers first-round picks to New Orleans includes an exchange of choices that could make the deal even more advantageous for the Pelicans, League sources said.
Ingram and Ball were the main players in the pelican trade, who imagined them in a starting formation with Wiliamson and Jrue Holiday. Ingram has recovered from a blood clot at the right shoulder that prematurely ended her season. He is expected to return to the field in July and be ready for the training camp in the fall, sources said.
If both parties agree to postpone the commercial appeal until July 30, Los Angeles will have $ 32.5 million of room for maneuver for self-service use. Waiting for the 30 days, Los Angeles would act as a team above the ceiling and would be allowed to use the fourth choice of the project as salary. If the transaction is finalized on July 6, this number will decrease to $ 27.8 million.
Davis also has a 15% trade bonus worth $ 4 million, which would bring the Lakers' capitalization space to $ 23.8 million if the deal is finalized in the first week of July. Davis will have the right to cancel the bonus.
Like the Lakers, New Orleans could also benefit from waiting 30 days to complete the trade. Pelicans would see their ceiling capped from $ 15 million to $ 19 million.
Bobby Marks of ESPN contributed to this report.