The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James finally have their hands, with the New Orleans Pelicans dealing them Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade.
The Pelicans have agreed to trade Davis to the Lakers for the Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall selection in the next week’s NBA draft.
The news was broken by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and the extra draft pick is a boon for the Pelicans, who also tucked to take Zion Williamson with the opening selection of the draft.
The Boston Celtics had been engaged in separate talks with the Pelicans for Davis, sources said this week, while the Brooklyn Nets and LA Clippers had an interest in Davis but were unable to gather traction in conversations with New Orleans.
The deal cannot be finalized until July 1.
The Lakers had pushed for a Davis trade midway through the 2018/19 regular season, but failed to put together to package New Orleans felt was good enough.
The Pelicans were less likely to trade. The massive offer was seemingly too tempting to refuse.
His and his representation had made it clear that he viewed his long-term future in either Los Angeles or New York; the 26-year-old looking to make a splash at the top of the West.
For Marc Stein, Kemba Walker will be a "top priority" for the Lakers in free agency as they look to round out their big three.
Stein also reported that Boston's play for Davis fell over because they were unwilling to deal boom youngster Jayson Tatum to the Pelicans.
Earlier in the season the Lakers had tried and failed to make a trade for Davis that had disastrous implications for their season.
The Lakers had reportedly offload Ball, Ingram and Hart as well as Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in theearlier negotiations.
The laps dressing room and the team's seasoned tailed off dramatically as the playoffs once again.
The disappointment of the president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.
Johnson later told a rift with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had been behind his departure, accusing his former colleague of "betrayal."
On Saturday, however, Johnson took Twitter to congratulate Pelinka and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
"Great trade Rob Pelinka! Job well done, "Johnson wrote.
“Great job by Owner Jeanie Buss bringing Anthony Davis to the Lakers! Laker Nation, the Lakers are back in a championship hunt! Congratulations to the entire organization.
“I know LeBron James has a big smile on his face. I’m loving this !! "
Davis is a six-time NBA All-Star who has had more than 23 points per game through seven seasons with New Orleans, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2012.