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June 21, 2019


Did the Lakers overpay to acquire Anthony Davis?

The Lakers finally executed the long rumored trade for Anthony Davis this last week, but they gave up numerous assets to acquire him.  But did they give up too much? Rohan Nadkarini offers a passionate defense of the trade, from the Lakers perspective, while Wil Leiter summarizes Chris Broussard’s opinion that the Lakers overpaid for the disgruntled former Pelican star.

Did the Lakers overpay to acquire Anthony Davis?

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  • No, the Lakers Did Not Give Up Too Much for Anthony Davis

    After seeing numerous people in my timeline talk about the “risks” of the Lakers’ trade for Anthony Davis—and more than one comparison to the infamous Nets-Celtics of 2013—I had to say this: In no world did the Lakers give up too much for Davis, and the deal was obviously a no-brainer for Los Angeles.

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  • The Lakers Gave Up Too Much in Anthony Davis Trade

    NBA insider and Fox Sports Radio host Chris Broussard join The Herd to talk about the colossal Los Angeles Lakers/New Orleans Pelicans trade that shook the NBA to its core. The Lakers had been trying to acquire 6-time All-Star Anthony Davis for months but had badly botched an in-season February trade that ultimately ruined the season for LA. Finally, on Friday night the team struck a deal with New Orleans to acquire the lame duck 2020 free agent.

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Key points:

Did the Lakers overpay to acquire Anthony Davis?

Davis is 26 years old. He’s maybe not even in his prime yet

The Lakers’ 2019 pick, a sheer stroke of luck falling at No. 4, was headed to New Orleans practically as soon as it was announced the night of the lottery.

Let’s say L.A. gives up its picks in 2022 and 2024. It would still have first-round selections in 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2025—four of the next six years.

With the AD trade, the Lakers didn’t only go all-in for the rest of LeBron’s contract, they set themselves up to have a superstar to build around theoretically for the rest of his career.

Did the Lakers overpay to acquire Anthony Davis?

The Lakers gave up too much… The Pelicans got Ingram, Lonzo, Hart and the fourth pick and I think that would have been enough.

Throwing in the two future first round picks takes it over the top.

The Lakers had the leverage and didn’t have to give up that much because obviously Boston wasn’t going to break the bank to give up all their young assets on the chances he would re-sign after one year.”

The roster is now barren



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10 comments on this Post:

  • drlgl

    February 8, 2020 10:17 pm


    You gotta pay up for still rather young talent. AD still hasn’t reached his prime at 26!!

  • MessiGoal

    November 18, 2019 9:46 am


    I believe there will be an earthquake soon and it won't matter.

  • MessiGoal

    September 12, 2019 9:18 pm


    This guy is nuts but I believe him. I really do. I won.

  • wp-sine

    September 10, 2019 12:37 pm



  • dancingbear

    June 24, 2019 7:55 am


    Lakers didn't give up too much when you consider they got rid of players who could not play with Lebron, with injuries to KD and Klay and kawaii possibly going back to toronto superstar coming to lakers via free agent less likely, and two first rounds picks on a Lebron team mean nothing. Cleveland traded as many as allowed by league rules and a year removed from Lebron had three number ones this year. Any team trying to win now always sacrafices their future. but no picks done the line and salary cap hell worth a run at a chapionship

  • Lance Casual

    June 22, 2019 8:52 pm


    I believe that the Lakers game up too many pieces for one piece that really hasn't proven any championship pedigree, yes he is good but one injury away from the Lakers demise...

  • SamTheMan86

    June 22, 2019 6:12 pm


    Davis is simply too good to pass up. Not sure you could give up too much to get him...at his age.

  • Lance Casual

    June 22, 2019 2:42 pm


    The more I think about it I think New Orleans won this deal for sure. When you consider the future picks they received, Lebron will have left that franchise in ruins by then. The picks could all be high draft choices.

  • Lance Casual

    June 21, 2019 11:22 am


    I am sort of on the fence. In the end I believe the Lakers will suffer from this move. Just like the other 2 franchises that Lebron has left.

  • NeverMore1

    June 21, 2019 5:52 am


    I think they gave up a little too much, particularly if LeBron starts to show more wear and tear. They won't have depth, should any injuries hit. I guess we'll see.