Prior to the announcement of the Los Angeles Lakers’ trade for Anthony Davis, it was unknown if guard Josh Hart would be included in the package. As we found out, he was part of the deal which was sent to the New Orleans Pelicans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and three first-round draft picks. Apparently, Hart is ready to head to New Orleans, or at least he’s ready to wear their gear just hours after the deal.
For what it’s worth, Hart wasted little time embracing his new home of New Orleans it seems. He not only tweeted about the city but also changed his Twitter profile picture.
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Josh Hart Embracing Pelicans After Lakers Trade
After not saying anything relating to the trade on social media, but instead addressing the need for custom keyboards and discord, he finally posted about New Orleans on Sunday afternoon. Specifically, Hart wanted to know where the best beignet spots in the city can be found.
Even going beyond that, you can see Hart’s profile picture on Twitter was updated to a photoshopped image of him in a Pelicans jersey and his bio now states “New Orleans Pelican.”
The former Lakers draft picks appears completely ready for whatever comes next with his new team, and he should see a decent number of minutes with the Pelicans in 2019, even with their improved all-around roster.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis Trade
When the terms of the trade between the Lakers and Pelicans for Davis came to light, they were certainly eye-opening. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news and offered the breakdown of what the two sides would receive.
- Lakers receive: Anthony Davis
- Pelicans receive: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks
As seen above, the deal has the potential to include two additional unprotected first-round picks along with the No. 4 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Pelicans could also swap picks in 2023 if they wind up finishing in a worse spot than the Lakers.
It’s a huge haul for the Pelicans, but not all that surprising considering what the rumored offers had looked like during the season. While the Lakers landed their top target in Davis, New Orleans picked up a nice win of their own by adding a number of talented pieces and future draft picks.