THOUGHTS | ANTHONY DAVIS TRADED TO THE LAKERS FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS




The Anthony Davis trade finally happened.

I guess the most important reason why the trade took place is David Griffin. Dell Demps, who once suited up for 7-Up in the PBA, is kind of a vengeful GM.

For some reason, he hates the Los Angeles Lakers.

People forget that he was with the New Orleans Pelicans – then called Hornets – when then-NBA commish David Stern vetoed the Chris Paul deal. When CP3 walked in and asked for a trade, Demps went all out to give the Pelicans a good situation. Reports suggested that Paul would have been sent to the Lakers, Pau Gasol would have gone to the Houston Rockets, and a slew of players in the form of Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a New York first rounder to New Orleans.

Like the Anthony Davis deal of February 2019, it was a good trade for the Pelicans.

However, allegedly the deal had no clearance.

Was there tampering then?

I guess this is why when history repeated itself, Demps wasn’t that keen on going on the same route. Somewhere along those lines, Demps would rather hardball the Lakers because they thought he was just a small market GM that didn’t have a backbone.

No, he’s not.

Demps went public with the trade and then radio silenced the Lakers. And then Demps gave Davis a 20-minute playing restriction to protect his trade value and at the same time follow the league rules. Letting the Unibrow play a fraction of his perceived minutes sent the Pelicans to tanking mode.

The awesome thing about this though is the Pelicans were able to secure the top spot… making Davis dispensable in the process.   

Zion Williamson?

Why the hell not.

Of course, his “bravery” got him fired though.

And I guess he took Magic Johnson with him?

With former Cleveland Cavaliers EVP for basketball operations David Griffin indirectly replacing Dell Demps (Danny Ferry briefly became New Orleans’ interim GM), I guess it became easier for the Lakers to trade with the Pelicans. In the trade, New Orleans gave Anthony Davis away for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the fourth pick of the 2019 NBA Draft and a couple more picks from succeeding drafts.

Looking back, this is a more attractive trade for the Pelicans. If Demps retained his spot, he would have been smiling from ear to ear with all the young stars and draft rights he has at his disposal. David Griffin hasn’t been the best acquirer of draft talent as he could have swayed Chris Grant to draft Victor Oladipo instead of Anthony Bennett in the 2013 NBA Draft. As it stands, the Pelicans will have a starting five of Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram (his healthy version) and Zion Williamson with Elfrid Payton, E’Twaun Moore, Josh Hart, Cheick Diallo, and the eventual fourth pick off the bench.

Initially, mock drafts have Darius Garland for the Lakers but I’m leaning towards forwards De’Andre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya and even Jaxson Hayes especially if Ingram is still out and if Zion will find it difficult to adopt in the NBA.

Anyway, I don’t know if this trade will bite the Lakers in their asses but on paper the frontline of Lebron James, Davis, and Kyle Kuzma looks awesome.

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