The NBA Draft Lottery 2019 took place on Monday and was as dramatic as a lottery could be. While the main focus was on who would get number one and the right to design Zion Williamson, this particular lottery also had a direct impact on what will happen to New Orleans pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Davis applied for a deal in New Orleans earlier this year, and teams like Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have been with him over the past few months. Both the Knicks and the Lakers informed the pelicans about Davis's NBA trading session.
With the lottery in the back view we now know that the Knicks have the third overall selection, followed by the Lakers, who jumped seven places in the lottery. In the meantime, the Celtics dropped out of the top 10 and finished in 14th place overall.
These tips will be published in technical discussions this summer. But who has the best package for these tips? It could be the Lakers.
The Lakers are in the midst of a difficult phase as they have missed the playoffs for six years. After Magic Johnson abruptly resigned, Luke Walton and the team and Lakers fans parted ways to cheer the fierce frontier search of the Front Office.
With the No. 4 in this year's draft, the Lakers can almost certainly come up with a compelling offer for Anthony Davis. Sure, the draft could be top-heavy this year, but good teams could always find value outside the number one. Look no further than the last four teams in the NBA playoffs with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. None of these men were drafted in the top three, yet they are among the best-winning players in the NBA.
However, what L.A. offers with the No. 4 selection is up for debate.
Prefer David Griffin, executive vice president of basketball in New Orleans, Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram? Ball would look good next to Pelican's Guard Jrue Holiday both offensively and defensively. Besides, Ball prefers to fly under the radar and would not actively try to steal the spotlight from Zion Williamson.
Of course it's another story, whether they want to deal with LaVar Ball or not. Perhaps Griffin would prefer Brandon Ingram, who had a breakout junior season with the Lakers.
Ingram struggled to find his fit with LeBron James and still has to be a willing 3-point shooter, but he showed encouraging results last season, averaging 18.3 points per game at 49.7 percent the field. Unfortunately, Ingram's season was cut short when Lakers medical staff found a blood clot in his right arm.
It seems he is recovering completely, but Griffin and the pelicans might be able to deter him. For that reason, the Lakers would have to round off their trade package with Kyle Kuzma.
Kuzma scored an average of almost 19 points per game last season, scoring a remarkable 5.5 rebounds per game. He has shown that he is a versatile goal scorer for the basket, but he needs to become more consistent from the bottom up and improve his shot selection. Fortunately, it looks like Kuzma will be working with a shooting coach this off-season.
In the meantime, Bonga and Wagner are still projects and would need to be involved to help adjust the salaries. The Lakers could also try to start their own future first rounds, which could make this a very compelling offer.
That's why ESPN's Zach Lowe said in his latest article, "If the Davis raffle is still going on, the Lakers will probably be out of the lottery."
Although no one knows exactly how the Anthony Davis trading saga will end, David Griffin is a respected basketball manager and is likely to make the best decision for the franchise that exceeds the expectations of others. If that's true, the Lakers should be his first choice.