The Celtics are officially out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.
The Pelicans on Saturday pulled the trigger on a deal to send Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks including the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 Draft, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019
The Celtics' unwillingness to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal for Davis prompted the Pelicans to take the Lakers' trade package instead, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The Boston Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in trade talks with New Orleans, league sources say, putting the Lakers in prime position to strike the deal that teams Anthony Davis with LeBron James— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 15, 2019
UPDATE -- 11 p.m. ET
The Lakers included two unprotected swaps along with the three first round picks they sent to the Pelicans with Davis.
The Pelicans will get the following picks from the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN:— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 16, 2019
No. 4 pick in 2019
Top-8 protected in 2021, becomes unprotected in ‘22
Unprotected swap in ‘23
Unprotected first in ‘24
Unprotected swap in ‘25
Tremendous haul for David Griffin & the Pelicans.
Teams have rarely included unprotected first round picks in trades after the Celtics fleeced the Nets for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, so it goes to show the Lakers' motivation to get this deal done.
Uncertainty with Davis' long-term commitment to Boston likely had a lot to do with the C's refusal to put together an overwhelming deal. Davis' agent, Rich Paul, warned the Celtics earlier this week that his client would not sign an extension if traded to Boston and would enter free agency in 2020.
Now that the Davis drama is over, the Celtics could turn to Rockets big man Clint Capela as a backup plan. And with this blockbuster trade finally completed, the attention shifts to Kyrie Irving's upcoming free agency.
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