The unexpected trade of NBA superstar Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday sent shockwaves reverberating throughout the sports world and pop culture.
Davis is considered one of the most valued free agent acquisitions of the modern era. Universally considered one of top 5 players in the league, Davis leaves the New Orleans Pelicans entering his prime after averaging 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 block shots during the 2018-19 season.
The Davis trade degutted the Lakers who had to give up three promising players — and future draft picks — to acquire the versatile big man nicknamed “The Brow.” As some NBA players noted below, however, the Pelicans made off like armed bandits after the Lakers had to give up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, according to ESPN.
But Davis will be paired with three-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP LeBron James, 34, making the Lakers immediate title contenders for this upcoming season and inciting wild chatter throughout the league and among hardcore NBA Fans.
Some pairings of superstars have had disastrous results — check out the trade for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the Lakers to join Kobe Bryant, as an example. However, if this trade is successful, the Lakers could raise a new championship banner in the near future.
Check out the reaction from around the NBA and among fans below.
The Anthony Davis Trade To The Lakers Has Me Like…….. pic.twitter.com/ShybtGgrAD
— Vince Niederman (@inVINCEable5) June 15, 2019
Lakers when they got AD but lost 4 first round picks, josh hart, Ingram and Lonzo pic.twitter.com/lgZwZqfv5A
— DALLAS SPORTS SZN (@PrimeDallas41) June 15, 2019
From Josh Hart’s IG story…. pic.twitter.com/CEsbZl6UYl
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 15, 2019
Pelicans made out smooth…
— David West (@D_West30) June 15, 2019
Anthony Davis leaving for the Lakers like pic.twitter.com/GtDB9XJs4C
— NC 👑 (@NCommentarys) June 15, 2019
Wow, I’m not surprised about AD to the lakers but who they pick up in FA is the real question
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) June 15, 2019
Lakers got Anthony Davis!!!??!! pic.twitter.com/ZxiPow7WDC
— B (@PeakLBJ) June 15, 2019