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Pelicans Expand Anthony Davis Haul, Flip Lakers Choose for Hawks For Picks And Cap Relief



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The deal that sent Anthony Davis from New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers was a good one. The Lakers got a superstar to pair with LeBron James, and the pelicans got a nice package of young players and draft picks to set themselves in the direction of rebuilding their roster. One of the best assets to change hands in the deal was the fourth choice in Thursday's draft – with New Orleans with the top manager picking and locked to pick Duke's Zion Williamson, gaining control over the fourth pick set The pelicans are exciting close to the chance to add Williamson's Duke teammate, best friend, and fellow super-prospect RJ Barrett.

But there has been a problem. Knicks who hold the third pick are reportedly determined to choose Barrett. Grizzlies, who choose a seat in front of Knicks, are reportedly determined to choose Ja Morant of Murray State. The only way for the pelicans to design Williamson and then come to Barrett before Knicks is to skip them in a deal with Grizzlies, but if they were to do so, Knicks would almost certainly turn and choose Morant, leaving Grizzlies without a chance to Catch the guy they want to replace the newly traded Mike Conley. There are gridlock at the top of the draft and the pelicans cannot move up.

As there is no one, the pelicans will especially have the fourth choice and they cannot move up the order, they have made the second best and moved down, sent the fourth pick to the Atlanta Hawks and returned to a move of later picks and pay relief in the process.

So the pelicans traded the fourth pick, a late second rounder, a future rider and Solomon Hill to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the eighth pick, on the 17th. choices and an early second round. The $ 25 million left on the Solomon Hills contract is considered to be of negative value, so it is almost as valuable to believe that the individual buys. By clearing him from their books, the pelicans are now set to enter a free agency with room for a max-contract veteran. Here is a clean and eye-catching way to summarize everything that Pelicans has done before the draft, since trading Anthony Davis:

The well-known download in there -Number eight, 17 and 35 in the evening's draft is less sexy than the fourth overall election, but the overall return is a great feature of drafts that can be used to store the pelicans with young prospects, or repackaged in later trades. And the Lakers choose stretched out in the future, have plenty of upside potential, depending on how LeBron is at the end of the 30s and how quickly the Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka learns to spell the words "pay" and "cap."

And the Pelicans can look forward to everything that has also added a trio of young players, who at least in theory must work beautifully immediately with Zion Williamson in the head coach Alvin Gentry's up-tempo system. Nobody knows anything about how all of this will shake off, but new pelicans GM David Griffin has done a remarkable job of putting the pelicans in prime position to surpass the intermediate success they have had during the vastly overwhelmed predecessor Dell Demps. If they can hold on to Jrue Holiday for a while, they have a chance to be fresh and interesting right away and really well down the line.


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