Back in February, when the trade deadline was approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers offered a lot in order to get their desired asset Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. As we know now, that never went through, but the initial offer featured Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and Kyle Kuzma, plus draft picks, perhaps the No. 4 overall.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, several people inside of New Orleans’ organization thought that deal was perfect for them and there was nothing to reconsider. They got excited on the Lakers’ offer from the start. Speaking on The Sedano Show, McMenamin said:
“I spoke to several people within the Pelicans’ organization in the past several months that have a really high opinion of Brandon Ingram, and beyond just Brandon Ingram, have a really high opinion of the trade package that was on the table that was ultimately rejected.”
When all of that happened there was another man in charge to make the decisions, Dell Demps, but now he’s gone and the newly hired executive vice president David Griffin and general manager Trajan Langdon are the decision makers now. Having that in mind, it’s interesting to see what David Griffin said before he was hired by New Orleans and was still working on TV. He praised Brandon Ingram fervently during an appearance on The Sedano Show.
“Literally this kid doesn’t even have total control of his extremities yet. He’s so long, he’s got like that newborn deer lack of core strength. For Kyrie Irving to say that he though [Ingram] was defensively tough for him is a huge statement by Kyrie. And it says a lot about the fact that Brandon is making big strides in his core strength. Earlier this year, I saw him get blown by like he was nailed to the floor at times against point guards. He’s very quickly adjusting. That’s a big deal. He’s 21 years old. It defies the imagination. How old was Victor Oladipo when he hit for Indiana? And [Ingram] is way more physically gifted than Oladipo.”
Things have changed a lot since Griffin said that; Ingram had a blood clot scare that ended his 2018-19 season and now people are wondering whether this is going to be a one-time thing or not as his future in the league remains uncertain.
Plus, the Lakers are very unlikely to offer the same deal they offered in February. They will have the chance to wait for Anthony Davis to become a free agent in 2020 and sign him without giving up an important part of their core. It was a bad decision turning down the first offer the Lakers handed, but now, if they offer the same thing again, we’re pretty sure the Pelicans won’t doubt to take it.