Anthony Davis is a Los Angeles Laker. He was traded to the team on Saturday in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round picks including No. 4 overall this year. The deal ends months of rumors and speculation. In the end, it didn’t matter how much the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets or Los Angeles Clippers offered. The Boston Celtics wouldn’t include Jayson Tatum in the deal, and that was enough to send Davis to the team he wanted to play for all along.
Now the Lakers have the best duo in basketball in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They retained Kyle Kuzma, who will be a critical piece at a bargain basement price. And they still have the cap space to sign another superstar free agent in July if they can recruit one. Davis should only help in those efforts. A Lakers team that missed the playoffs last season has to be viewed as the favorites to win the championship next season. Here are the best reactions to one of the biggest trades in NBA history.