Pelicans’ Josh Hart tweets out Russell Westbrook gif after Lakers rumor
New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart appears to have an ax to grind with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hart seemed to have reacted on the latest update on the Lakers, who are currently retooling their roster. Hart posted a Russell Westbrook gif, which is being speculated as his reaction to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 19, 2019
Hart is New Orleans-bound after the Lakers and the Pelicans agreed to a blockbuster deal on Saturday. The Lakers sent Hart along with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and three first-round picks to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, who has been eyeing a move to Los Angeles since last season.
Wojnarowski revealed that the Lakers are not done trading, as they are looking to create more cap space heading into free agency. Los Angeles is reportedly shopping Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones, and Isaac Bonga in order to create at least $32 million cap space, which they can use to pursue top-tier free agents to pair up with Davis and LeBron James.
The Lakers are also trying to acquire second-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft in exchange for cash. Wojnarowski said that getting players in the second round of the draft would be beneficial to the Lakers because it would give them “inexpensive labor and ability to exceed the salary cap” with minimum contracts.