The Los Angeles Lakers finally did it. They acted for Anthony Davis, and all that cost them was Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, number 4 in the 2019 NBA draft, a protected 2021 first round, an unprotected ballot 2023, and another first rounder who will pass 2024 or 2025.
Okay, so maybe it cost them quite a bit to take Davis to his preferred trade destination and join him with LeBron James. But for what it is worth, after various whispers and questions about how happy James is with the Lakers state having followed the team around all the offseason, he made it quite clear on Instagram that he is proud of how things have proven and says this move is " just the beginning "for the team:
Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma, the last man who stood from the Lakers young core – if you did not [myfiancé count Moe Wagner in that group – began to sum up his feelings on social media with what seemed to be a subtle digging on all the people who wanted to see him among the players sent out to Davis:
Then he shared the impact the trade had on his day, while he indulged with his star soon to be teammate:
Finally, Kuz took to Instagram to remember the fallen, who were relocated to Bayou so that the Lakers championship dream could live. Never forget:
Kuzma's Instagram activity actually summarizes the prevailing feeling of the afternoon for the Lakers. This was probably a good day for the team, but fans can be forgiven if it feels a bit, yes, bittersweet.
Getting Davis is a coup for the Lakers, who needed a victory after taking so many letters in the past year but giving up three more young players that the fan base had emotionally invested in and looked to grow After several years of sending out only If someone under the age of 25 with some degree of talent probably stays a little, like burning the vodka before you get the good feeling to come after. Now it is up to the Lakers to make sure that utility comes eventually – starting with taking advantage of their cap space this summer – or this whole celebration of an imminent superteam should leave the fan base with quite a hangover. For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes Spotify Stitcher or ] Google Podcasts . You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen .