The deal is finally done. Anthony Davis finally got his wish, the six-time All-Star was traded to Los Angeles over the weekend finalizing a saga that started last season. Davis’s wish to move on from New Orleans
Obvious winners: Lebron James – Anthony Davis
Lebron James went from best player in the world to aging star in a two-month span during last season. James was tasked with mentoring a group of talented unproven players. Entering his 15th NBA season James did not have the energy to overcome the deficiencies of his team and the relative inexperience of the coaching staff. Lebron has reached a point in his career where he can’t develop the talent, he needs established players that agree with their role on the team. Now that he has a running mate with the same skills that he possesses, the Lakers will now just have to fill in the gaps of their roster with affordable role players.
Anthony Davis got what he wanted, moved to a franchise that will allow him to build his brand. Davis sees himself as the future of the NBA, playing alongside the NBA’s best promoter in Lebron James as well as the center of the basketball universe LA is right where he wants to be.
No-so obvious winner: Zion Williamson
Most would assume that Zion losing a potential All-NBA player from his potential new destination would be a bad thing. With the loss of Davis there will be no immediate team expectations. Zion will be able to come into the league and not have the weight of immediate success on his back. The Pelicans will now be able to build completely around their future #1 pick. The Pelicans already transitioned to a run and gun team last season averaging the second fastest pace of play in the league, with the addition of Lonzo Ball and Williamson, Alvin Gentry should continue his upbeat play. Williamson will have a chance to excel in this situation.
Losers: Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge has done his best to rebuild the Celtics by accruing assets over the past few years. They have yet to bring in the star that will bring the championship back to Bean Town. Kyrie Irving was supposed to be the missing piece to the championship puzzle but he was unable to mesh with the young talent of the Celtics. While Kyrie was the appetizer for the Celtics the main course was supposed to a be a player that Ainge could bring in to be the long term future star. Anthony Davis seemed like the perfect fit for the organization, unfortunately Davis was added to the list of stars that seem to have no interest in playing in Boston. With Davis off of the table and Kyrie out the front door what do the Celtics do now???
Anthony Davis got what he wanted. Good for him. Hopefully he and Lebron mesh because it would be fun to watch.
The Pelicans got themselves the talent they need to build around. With the #4 pick they can add a player like Darius Garland to help on the perimeter or Jarrett Culver to help on the defensive end. If all of my personal dreams come true New Orleans could have RJ Barrett fall to them at put together a Dukes dynamic duo to build a future juggernaut.
Both the organizations did well in this trade. But as the old saying goes, the team that got the best player wins the trade and the Lakers undoubtable got the best player.