Anthony Davis finally lands safely in Los Angeles

If you live on the East Coast and hear Pharrell’s colossal hit single “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2, booming through imaginary speakers in such a joyous celebratory fashion, chances are those vibrations are coming from the West Coast. The Los Angeles Lakers finally reached an agreement and secured the services of 3-Time All NBA Forward New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Jason Hart, and 3 first round draft picks including this year’s 4th pick overall. 

Given the substantial devastation to both franchises suffered the first time New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers poorly handled trade discussions surrounding Anthony Davis, severing many relationships and squandered the remainder of the season for both clubs. It is refreshing to see appropriate energies were invested into what was ultimately going to contribute to growth with new leaders involved. 


Most notably, the Pelican’s new general manager David Griffin. Right away, Griffin displayed one of life’s best lessons “my momma” told me, which is the art of mastering how to remain calm. Griffin from his initial press conference exhibited tremendous poise and confidence. He outlined a crystal clear vision of what path the Pelican’s organization would pursue. 

Griffin’s philosophy was very simple. He wanted to duplicate the same championship philosophy that rewarded him with a championship trophy during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “You are either all in or you are out”. Thus, generating much urgency for sitting down with Davis and his agent Rich Paul from Klutch Sports Group. Paul represents the Renaissance man himself, savant basketball player Los Angeles Laker LeBron James. James spearheaded the charge for the Cleveland Cavaliers capturing their Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. All the while, Griffin was leading the way. Orchestrating all player movement for the Cavaliers in the background from his front office chair. 

Fortunately, the trust Griffin earned with both Paul and James has afforded them a door to revisit Davis trade talks. Talks that took place amongst familiar faces. All of whom trekked to the mountain top of basketball together. 

The price of business was expensive on both sides. Yet, Griffin understood it was impossible to receive fair value for Davis. However, he performed masterfully in acquiring a mob of assets. Although, those resources do not reflect Davis’s value, still properly positions the Pelican franchise to be competitive going forward. Especially with phenom sensation Zion Williamson arriving in New Orleans as soon as the 2019 NBA Draft announces their first pick this Thursday, June 20th. My only advice to Griffin is to find a way to pair the former Duke Blue Devil teammates Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Many project Barrett to be the 3rd overall selection pick by the New York Knicks. 



As for the Lakers, they have their prized possession they have tirelessly and feverishly been pursuing. Unequivocally a major piece and immediately puts the Lakers back in contention in the deep Western Conference. Yet, before Laker fans in the distance start to chant “ Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie”, or “Kemba, Kemba, Kemba”, I say listen to your head of state Lebron “King” James. He poignantly and prophetically stated on his Instagram page “It’s just the beginning”. Truer words have never been spoken. Especially considering how the Laker’s upper management constructed a depleted current roster. Along with how publicly incompetent the Laker’s front office has previously performed.

A very legitimate debate can be made that the execution of the Davis trade had more to do with James, Paul, and Griffin’s outstanding past relationship than anyone in the Laker’s front office efforts. Nonetheless, with Davis in tow, LeBron’s legacy has a chance to gleam even brighter. Now, let’s see who else can this basketball wizard enchant to come play with him in L.A. 

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