Anthony Davis was finally traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first big move of the 2019 NBA Offseason. The star big man will play alongside LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma while the Lakers have shipped Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first round draft picks. One of those draft picks includes the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft coming up on June 20th, leaving the Lakers with no first round picks and opening the possibility they could turn to NBA Free Agency like 76ers forward Jimmy Butler or Hornets point guard Kemba Walker when it begins on June 29th. Was it the right move for the Lakers to make in order to compete for the 2020 NBA Finals? Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have shown promise since being drafted into the NBA but they have also been inconsistent in their play and ability to stay on the court.
The Lakers 2019 offseason has completely shifted with the Anthony Davis trade especially when it comes to their cap situation. Would they have been better off keeping their young core together and continue to grow by possibly drafting Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland or Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft? Why did Kyle Kuzma remain with the Lakers but the rest of the young core was traded away?
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