Los Angeles Lakers Receive: C Alexis Ajinca, PF/C Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: PG/SG Lonzo Ball, SF/PF Luol Deng, SF Brandon Ingram, SF/PF Kyle Kuzma, 2019 first-round pick
Riled Up Because...
[Extremely Lakers agitator voice.]
Oh? So we're aloof gonna barter abroad the skeleton of a decade-long absolutism for Anthony Davis and his Greg Oden-light durability? Back he's aloof two years abroad from entering chargeless agency and signing with us at a discount?
Look, we'll booty him. But Deng, a aboriginal and accompaniment is added than enough, because he'll acutely ask the Pelicans to barter him, and we'll acutely be his adopted destination, which acutely leaves them with no best added than to accord him to us for whatever we're offering.
And if they don't like it, spiral it. We'll re-sign Julius Randle, the better, younger, added abiding Kentucky big. And we'll apparently acreage Paul George or LeBron James, if not both, in chargeless agency. We don't charge Davis if the amount is Souped Up Jason Kidd, Paul George or Kevin Durant 2.0 and Nikola Mirotic's role model.
This would be a lot for the Lakers to accord up. But they'd be accepting a top-10 amateur while abbreviating off one of the league's atomic adaptable affairs in the process. And the Pelicans are beneath no obligation to accord Davis now, alike if he asks for out. That accommodation doesn't really accept to be fabricated until abutting summer, back he's one year out from exploring the accessible bazaar (player option).
If it makes Hollywood admirers feel any better, the Lakers won't accede gutting their approaching if they don't accept the central clue on George or James. Such an advancing comedy would appear afterwards landing one of them—or as a bureau of adorable both of them.
The Lakers could accomplish this trade, amplitude Ajinca, abdicate Randle and all their added chargeless agents, abandon their non-guaranteed deals and get to about $63.4 actor in amplitude while accustomed Davis, Josh Hart, this year's Cavs aces and a agglomeration of minimum holds. That leaves them almost $2.3 actor shy of affair the $65.7 actor it'll booty to max out George and James, but hey: Maybe they'll anniversary barber a million-and-change off the top to accompany up with Davis.
[Rational Pelicans fan voice.]
What aggregation doesn't see through abutting division afore arcade Davis? Literally why would we do this?
DeMarcus Cousins may be injured, but we accept his Bird rights. And who cares if we let him walk? That's what giving up addition first-round aces to acreage Nikola Mirotic was for: attention us adjoin complete and absolute agony in Boogie's arrangement negotiations.
And absorb Deng? All two years and $38.6 actor of Luol Deng? Hahaha. We're already advantageous Solomon Hill and Jrue Holiday Daddy Warbucks money. You're off your rocker, or a Lakers shill, or both if you anticipate we're absolution that fly. AD has two abounding freaking years larboard on his deal. We're not authoritative any concessions. That includes accordant to a sign-and-trade for Randle.
Y'all should accept appear calling back you still had Corey Brewer and Jordan Clarkson as fodder. At atomic afresh we'd aces up the phone. Maybe. Apparently not. And if we did, we'd still be ambitious Josh Hart and addition first-rounder or two.
[Removes Pierre the Pelican apparel head.]
All authentic points—especially on Deng. The Lakers surrendered their best comestible salary-matching accompaniment by sending Clarkson to Cleveland. And it may accept been easier to annoyance the Pelicans' absorption with an over-the-top advance in February, back Brewer's expiring arrangement and Randle's Bird rights could've appear into play.
Still, the Pelicans cannot apprehend to appear from Davis talks afterwards accepting fabricated compromises. Whether they contemplate affective him this summer or next, the blow of alliance knows they're on the clock. Davis' All-Star breach comments, about inapposite, aren't accomplishing them any favors.
"Yeah back you apprehend that, it makes you think," he told ESPN's Rachel Nichols of Kevin Garnett's adherence sentiments from 2010. "I'm not activity to lie, it makes you think. You admiration if you're afterward in that aforementioned path. But afresh again, you anticipate this year could be the year. You don't know. You aloof accept to booty it year-by-year and see."
[Celtics Twitter font.]
Um, you apprehend Davis was talking to Nichols about Garnett, right? You know, the aforementioned Garnett we rescued from Minnesota? And who we brought a title?
Davis is basically already one of us. We accept dibs. The Lakers can go get their own player-who-isn't-actually-their-player.
Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder
If the Lakers alpha hocking their body in barter for Davis arch up to or afterwards the acme of chargeless agency, it apparently bureau they'll land—or accept already wooed—one or both of George and James. That would be no admirable for the Cavaliers and/or Thunder.
Unless contrarily noted, stats address of NBA.com or Basketball Reference and authentic arch into amateur on Thursday. Salary and cap authority advice via Basketball Insiders and RealGM.
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