Davis heading to Lakers in blockbuster trade

June 16, 2019
Anthony Davis
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2019 Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. AFP

LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - Anthony Davis will form a high-powered NBA strikeforce alongside LeBron James next season after the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to a trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, US media reports said Saturday.

ESPN and the Los Angeles Times said unsettled star Davis will join the Lakers in a move which will see the Pelicans receive multiple players and draft picks in return.

The Pelicans roster will be bolstered by the arrival of Lakers players Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

More significantly, the Pelicans will also receive three first-round draft picks, including the number four overall pick currently owned by the Lakers heading into next Thursday’s NBA draft.

It means the Pelicans now have the first and fourth picks in the draft, potentially giving the franchise the chance to build a championship-contending team.

For the Lakers, the move gives James the sort of high-caliber roster reinforcement he has been craving since his arrival in Los Angeles from the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer.

Davis, 26, shares the same agent as James, and has been agitating for a move since January, when he informed the Pelicans he planned to leave.

The Lakers made a bungled attempt to trade for Davis in February but pulled out of negotiations with New Orleans after complaining of “outrageous” demands by the Pelicans.