Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers in blockbuster NBA deal; Lonzo Ball, others to New Orleans

LeBron James just got some help.

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade superstar forward Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. The person was not authorized to publicly comment on the deal will not be official until after June 30.

In exchange, the Lakers are sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 selection in next week's draft — to the Pelicans.

ESPN first reported the details of the trade Saturday.

The deal will send Davis, one of the league's most dominant players, to Los Angeles — where he will join one of the league's most iconic franchises and play alongside James, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent last summer.

Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has one year remaining on his current contract. He requested a trade out of New Orleans in January, which resulted in a $50,000 fine from the NBA. (The league forbids public trade requests.)

Anthony Davis and LeBron James are going to be teammates after all. (Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP)

Speculation had long centered around James and the Lakers. James and Davis notably share the same agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group.

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