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LOS ANGELES – The Pelicans are about to receive a lot of young assets. In addition to getting the number one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, projected to be Duke University’s Zion Williamson, the Pelicans reportedly acquired a king’s ransom from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The trade comes after month’s of speculation over Anthony Davis’s future following his request to be traded from the Pelicans before the 2019 NBA trade deadline. The Lakers reportedly made a massive offer to the Pelicans before the trade deadline, which the Pelicans refused. The season ended with the Pelicans parting ways with general manager Dell Demps and hiring David Griffin.
After winning the lottery, Griffin and the Pelicans secured a massive trade haul from the Lakers on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, receiving Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks including this year’s fourth overall pick (giving the Pelicans the first and fourth selections in this year’s draft) in exchange for Davis, who is entering the final year of his contract.
The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019