Pelicans’ David Griffin says he never got close to trading Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart after Anthony Davis trade
The New Orleans Pelicans scored quite a coup from the Los Angeles Lakers when they finally agreed to send former cornerstone superstar Anthony Davis to Hollywood. In exchange for the six-time All-Star, New Orleans got a handful of studs in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart. Following the big trade, some rumors began emerging pertaining to the Pelicans looking to flip any one of the three players they recently acquired — something that team executive vice president for basketball operations David Griffin denied completely.
“There was interest but nothing that really spoke to us to any degree,” said Griffin, via The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan. “From the very beginning we were excited about the potential of our group, but we certainly did have interest shown in them by many, many other teams in the NBA.”
Despite some other teams looking to test New Orleans’ resolve, Griffin and company were one hundred percent happy all three guys, and trading them away was never really an option for the front office.
“We felt really fortunate that we were able to land the players we did, and it became really evident that we were fortunate because of the interest in them that was shown by several other teams basically immediately after the deal was announced,” added Griffin. “It was fascinating to go through the experience, but we didn’t acquire them to move them, so nothing was even close.”
Losing Davis is definitely a hard pill to swallow. The 6-foot-10 big man is one of the best players in the league today, and simply put, he is irreplaceable. Nonetheless, parting ways was inevitable, and the Pelicans actually made the most of a bad situation, and will now look to field a pretty competitive lineup in the coming season sans AD.