Lakers Officially Acquire Anthony Davis In Three-Team Trade

The Lakers, Pelicans, and Wizards have officially completed the three-team trade that makes Anthony Davis a Laker. All three teams issued press releases tonight to announce the deal. The structure of the trade is as follows:

  • Lakers acquire Anthony Davis.
  • Pelicans acquire Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter (No. 4 pick), the Lakers’ 2021 first-round pick (9-30 protected; unprotected in 2022), the Lakers’ 2024 first-round pick (unprotected), the right to swap 2023 first-round picks with the Lakers, and cash ($1.1MM; from Wizards).
    • Note: The Pelicans will also have the option to defer the 2024 first-round pick to 2025.
  • Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, and the Lakers’ 2022 second-round pick.

The long-awaited deal was held up slightly today as the Lakers officially finalized a series of signings using their cap room. In order to maximize its cap space, the club had to sign free agents first before acquiring Davis. Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, and JaVale McGee all signed their contracts with the Lakers since the July moratorium ended this afternoon.

The Pelicans, meanwhile, will now flip the rights to Hunter to the Hawks in a separate deal, putting the No. 4 pick on track to join his new team for Summer League action. Once the deal is done, Atlanta will also be able to complete its trade with the Sixers involving Bruno Fernando and Jordan Bone, then Philadelphia will be able to flip Bone to the Pistons.

For more details on one of the summer’s biggest trades, be sure to check out our previous stories on the Lakers/Pelicans aspect of the deal, as well as the Lakers/Wizards part of the swap.

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9 thoughts on “Lakers Officially Acquire Anthony Davis In Three-Team Trade

  1. hiflew

    I wish this had been reported earlier. I would have liked to have known about Davis going to the Lakers. That seems like a big story.

  2. SheltonMatthews

    I assume it actually means 1-8 protected for 2021 for the Lakers pick right?

  3. whoneedsfacts

    So basically the Lakers owe than 2 picks and a potential swap. I really wouldn’t even call that leveraged. I didn’t follow this trade closely, but it turned out better than I thought for them.

    • spinach

      But they did give up a surefire top five pick this year. Thunder might never get such high pick from Clips.

  4. suburbanwarren

    All I can say “Time and Unforseen events befall them All”. Pro players must keep themselves in
    Fantastic shape like LeBron! Kawhi was under the radar in Toronto but they will beat on him like you never seen before! Last man standing will win the Chip! Give me your take!

    • I think the Lakers will do the same thing with lebron as Toronto did with kawhi and his load management. It worked out quite well for them

      • x%sure

        Agree, but when it happens, I hope Kawhi gets the the deserving blame not James.

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