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Pelicans reportedly acquire Lonzo Ball in blockbuster trade with Lakers on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired point guard Lonzo Ball in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Ball will reportedly head to New Orleans along with Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks for Anthony Davis. Look for Ball to start at point guard next season.

In 99 games with the Lakers, Ball averaged 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Brandon Ingram reportedly traded to the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired forward Brandon Ingram on Saturday.

What It Means:

After months of trade speculation, the Lakers finally were able to complete a deal for their star in exchange for Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks. Look for Ingram to have a big offensive role alongside Jrue Holiday next season.

In 190 games with the Lakers, Ingram averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Josh Hart reportedly headed to New Orleans in multi-player trade with Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired shooting guard Josh Hart in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Hart will join the Pelicans after being moved in a deal involving Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks. Expect a more defined role for Hart after training camp and preseason with E'Twaun Moore, Ball, and Ingram also in the rotation.

In 130 games with the Lakers, Hart averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Lakers reportedly acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, involving Anthony Davis for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, The Brow will be headed to Los Angeles to play with LeBron after making it clear recently he would like to be moved. The Pelicans got an impressive haul for Davis including this year's fourth overall pick, two other first round picks, and three young players with experience.

In 56 games last season, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Knicks exercise Allonzo Trier's team option

The New York Knicks have exercised Allonzo Trier's team option for the 2019-20 season, per Shams Charania.

What It Means:

The former undrafted free agent had an option worth $3.5 million.

Trier averaged 10.9 points and 22.8 minutes per game in 64 appearances last season.

Source: Shams Charania

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Warriors expect Klay Thompson (knee) to miss 9-10 months

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (knee) is expected to miss as many as 9-10 months, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Thompson tore his ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. While Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he does not know what they will do with Thompson, he added that "I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned.”

Thompson averaged 21.5 points and 34.0 minutes per game in 2018/19.

Source: Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports

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Kevon Looney (chest) starting for Warriors on Thursday in Game 6

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney is in the lineup on Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

With superstar Kevin Durant sidelined for the rest of the season (and next season) with a ruptured Achilles, and Looney will get the nod at the five as the Warriors hope to force a Game 7 and defend their title.

Our models project Looney for 18.0 FanDuel points across 18.6 minutes of action.

Source: Tim Kawakimi

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Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas to decline player option, per report

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas will reportedly decline the player option on his contract worth $17.6 million for the 2019-20 season in order to hit free agency this summer.

What It Means:

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Valanciunas intends to try to negotiate a new deal with Memphis, who acquired his services from Toronto in a midseason trade.

He averaged 15.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 22.3 minutes per game this season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Hornets' Kemba Walker open to taking less than supermax

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker said he would be willing to take less than the supermax to re-sign with the team in order to help management build a stronger squad around him.

What It Means:

Walker also said he would meet with other teams before reaching a decision. He is eligible for a five-year, $221 million contract from Charlotte.

He averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 34.9 minutes per game this season.

Source: Rick Bonnell

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Report: Lakers make Brandon Ingram (arm), Lonzo Ball, 4th pick available

The Los Angeles Lakers have made small forward Brandon Ingram (arm), point guard Lonzo Ball, and the 2019 4th overall pick available in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

What It Means:

Stein adds that he believes the Lakers "have tried to keep Kyle Kuzma out of the talks," which was previously reported by Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The Pelicans would also like to involve a third team in the potential deal, so there's plenty of moving parts. Ingram is expected to be fully recovered from arm surgery by the end of the summer.

Ingram averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 3-pointers in 52 games for the Lakers this season.

Source: Marc Stein

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