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REPORT: Pelicans Trade Anthony Davis To Lakers

Lakers send Ingram, Ball, Hart and 3 first round picks to New Orleans

June 15, 2019 - 7:02 pm

The long-rumored deal has finally been completed as ESPN reported Saturday 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.

Davis, a six-time all star, asked to be traded before February's deadline with the Lakers as a preferred destination. He can become a free agent after next season, and will reportedly play out the final year of his contract, assuming he declines his 2020-21 player's options, instead of negotiating an extension this summer. Like new teammate LeBron James, Davis is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

In return, the Pelicans are getting Ingram, the second pick of the 2016 draft, who averaged 18.3 points in 52 games of a season that was cut short by a blood clot issue. Ball, the second pick in 2017, was limited to 47 games. He did not play after January 19 due to a sprained ankle suffered against the Rockets. Hart was the last pick of the first round in 2017 and averaged 7.8 points per game last season.

Along with the three players, New Orleans also gets the fourth pick in next week's draft, along with first round picks in 2021 and 2023. The protection on those picks are not yet known.

The Lakers finished 37-45 last season, their first with James, and have not made the playoffs since 2013.

The trade cannot be finalized until July 1, but could be pushed back to July 30 in order to give the Lakes more salary cap relief.