In trading Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first round draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans the Lakers did more than just add a giant superstar. They created a title team out of a losing team. They turned a group of underachievers into a group that can overwhelm. They returned Ring hope to a hopeless franchise. Lakers Fans after watching their team miss the playoffs for a franchise worst six consecutive seasons desperately needed this swap.
So much choas has hounded the Lakers in recent times, top of which was Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation, so such a trade is literally a sight for sore eyes. This was a trade LeBron James was seriously interested in making happen. This was a trade for potential free agents attention like Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker or any point guard shooter or anyone they require in any position to in the championship. The Lakers just became one of the leagues most attractive environments.
Anthony Davis is a Laker now which is something good for his future. The Lakers still got Kyle Kuzma, one of their best young player and fans favorite.
With the Golden State Warriors reign finally decimated and the teams mounting injury crises, the path to the NBA finals has been cleared for another dominant west team and the Lakers just became that team.
Rob Pelinka has been able to save his reputation with this deal, also saving LeBron James Era from crumbling just at it began. This trade could eventually result in more than one ring if they are able to go ahead and sign more interesting players like Irving. Having had to endure the pain of six year playoff drought and no hope for championship, Big moves like this, although frowned at by others around the league is deserving by the lakers.
This is the once in a lifetime opportunity for the Lakers to win now and win many. Lonzo Ball is an exciting player but was quite brittle. Brandon Ingram’s potential began to pick last year, but was not enough for the Lakers. Josh Hart, a solid player indeed. The Lakers can get another solid player too. Anthony Davis, a 26 year old player, Average career averages of 24 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks. A guy who dominates on both ends of the court. Sharing the court with James would definitely cause a huge impact.