After the Raptors won their first championship but before they could host their parade, the NBA landscape was altered once more as the Pelicans sent perennial All-Star forward Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a bevy of draft assets. In a move reminiscent of the massive Celtics/Nets deal involving three first-round picks and a pick swap, New Orleans now owns the Lakers future, including numerous unprotected picks that go past LeBron James’ current contract in Los Angeles. James will be 40-years-old in 2025 when the final piece could be conveyed.
Is Anthony Davis worth it? How many years of a high-level pairing between Davis and James makes the trade a success? Is success dependent on who the Lakers can get to fill out their roster? How does all of this shake-up Thursday’s draft?
On this episode of Fastbreak Breakfast, we address all of these questions plus preview the NBA Draft. To forecast the top 10 picks and analyze how the Pelicans will use their newly acquired lottery pick, Cole Zwicker (@colezwicker) joins. Cole is a writer and co-founder of TheStepien.com.
And then to break down the Davis trade and the fallout, Lakers fan Daman Rangoola (@damanr) hops on. He expresses the hopes and anxieties intertwined in this deal, plus provides a shopping list for potential free agents.
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