After plenty of drama and a whole lot of back-and-forth over recent months, the Los Angeles Lakers have finally struck a trade for Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans opted to hold off on making a deal during the 2018-19 season, but it recently became apparent that moving Davis was their only option.
Beyond that, what many believed all along, which was that the Lakers could offer the best package for Davis, proved to be true in the end. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the terms of the deal include three first round picks and a trio of players in exchange for the All-Star forward.
Here’s a look at the full breakdown of the deal and who will receive what.
With the trade now agreed to, it means the Lakers roster for the 2019-20 season has at least started to take shape, although there’s plenty of work left to be done. After all, Los Angeles gave up a large portion of their young core in order to land Davis, so they’ll need to round out the roster moving forward.
We’re going to evaluate the latest outlook for the Lakers roster and their current starting lineup, which is bound to change in the coming weeks/months.
Follow the Heavy Lakers page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!
Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup After Anthony Davis Trade
*Notates expected starter
C: Anthony Davis*
PF: Moritz Wagner*
SF: LeBron James*
F: Kyle Kuzma*
PG: Isaac Bonga*
Obviously, the Lakers are left incredibly thin after the deal, but this was to be expected and the front office prepared for it by adding players on expiring deals and one-year contracts last season. There’s no question they’ll look to target a few inexpensive veterans and role players, along with mid-tier free agents who can make an impact while stepping into the starting lineup.
With all that said, the Lakers holding Kyle Kuzma out of the deal is big for their future. He should see a huge number of minutes next, regardless of what moves are made by the front office moving forward. Obviously, the Lakers will look to add more pieces in free agency, though, so their roster will look quite a bit different before the new season rolls around.
Lakers Shift Attention to Free Agency
The Lakers instantly created one of the most intriguing starting lineups in the NBA with this blockbuster trade. Their attention will shift to free agency and rumblings have begun about the team possibly targeting a player like Kemba Walker in the coming months. He’ll be among the many potential Lakers targets to keep an eye on.
While the deal for Davis appears to feature a huge haul – it’s one that will benefit both sides. The picks which the Lakers sent to New Orleans are likely to be late in the first round, making the outlook even better for their side. On the other end, the Pelicans instantly bolster their core and starting lineup heading into next season.
Although finalizing this trade took plenty of time, the real work to mold the Lakers roster begins now.