Los Angeles Lakers
This trade is very close to what the Lakers had offered last season and a deal that many Suns fans wanted Phoenix to interject themselves into if the Pelicans did not want Lonzo Ball in return.
During the regular season, former general manager Dell Demps said that he wanted Ball and felt that the team could develop him. David Griffin and Trajon Langdon now say that they would not like him in a return package, with John Gambadoro even saying on Twitter recently that the Pels would like to build around Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson.
While the Suns would not necessarily have any reason to insert themselves in any of these trades, with this first one I cannot help but think, “Eh, why not,” especially with a plethora of potential first round picks moving around.
With the Pelicans winning the lottery, they will be a selecting who everyone believes will be a franchise-altering selection.
But they will be losing an already franchise-altering player by losing Davis, so why not place the rebuild in hyperdrive by accumulating three of the first top-six players available in this draft.
Sure, it is not pegged to be the strongest draft, but along with Zion, they can select whoever they believe to be the second best point guard available to begin to groom behind the aging Holiday with the Lakers’ pick, and anyone else they feel is next best available with the Suns’ pick (or trade it, whatever they fancy).