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Report: Pelicans agree to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — including the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Lakers have been pursuing Davis for a long while now. They failed to reach a deal with the Pelicans during the trade deadline, with the team opting to assess the offers they would get this offseason.

According to recent reports, the Pelicans wanted Kyle Kuzma in any deal for AD. However, the Lakers remained firm on their desire not to trade the young forward. Los Angeles made Ball, Ingram and the 2019 fourth pick available in their previous offer.

Los Angeles has had a disappointing campaign in LeBron James’ first year with the team, finishing 10th in the Western Conference with a 37-45 record. The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in six straight years now, last reaching the postseason in 2012-13 (which saw them got swept in the first round).

The addition of Davis catapults the Lakers to instant title contenders, maybe favorites. However, the Purple and Gold also lost a lot in the process, particularly in the backcourt. Ball is a solid playmaker and defender, while Hart is a versatile wing who brings solid defense off the bench.

On the other hand, the Pelicans now have the most interesting young team in the league. They are expected to select Zion Williamson with the No.1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and they can now add another highly rated prospect with the fourth pick.