The Los Angeles Lakers landed the player they have been trying to get since the trade deadline of last season. They acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for a massive haul of both players and picks sending over Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart along with 3 first round picks. There has been many opinions about the trade, some like it and some don’t but here’s what I think about it.
When I first got word of the trade I hated it, I felt the Lakers had given up so much just to acquire one player. After a day to sit back and really think about the trade, I’m still not the biggest fan of it. I do like the fact that the Lakers was able to land Anthony Davis. If your trying to win now with LeBron James this is a player you have to get. I stated in a piece I wrote when LeBron first signed with the Lakers, that we have never seen him play with a team this young and that if things don’t go right this very thing would happen. It was very apparent early that LeBron was having a hard time with the young players and then he made the comment about playing next to Davis and at that point it was almost certain that the Lakers would try and go get him and now that they have him what is next for the Lakers?
The Lakers have definitely set them self up to win now so I understand why the trade was made, but at the same time they also had the opportunity to set themselves up for life after LeBron which no team has been able to survive. Could the Lakers have waited for Davis to sign with them in free agency next season? Yes, but I understand why they didn’t want to risk it. I do wonder if they could’ve gotten Davis with less. Davis had made it known many times that the Lakers was the team he would sign long term with, which in my opinion have the Lakers the upper hand. I would’ve liked to see at least one of the 3 players the Lakers gave up stay or at least on of the picks or even more than just acquiring Davis from the Pelicans. That much for one player is a lot and now the Lakers have to figure a way to fill this roster, which I’m betting they will do with a bunch of veteran shooters. What I’m really anxious to see is how they build this team around Davis once LeBron is gone and how soon they start that build.
This trade could potentially be a win for both teams, the Lakers win now and the Pelicans win later.