The two blockbuster trades that went down in July. While we're mid-season and have yet to see each players' true impact on their current franchises, their trades have already reset the market on how future trades will go down for superstar-level talent.
The Los Angeles Lakers traded away a '19 1st round pick (used to acquire Jaxson Hayes), and 3 more 1st round picks to New Orleans, then sent Isaac Bonga, Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and a 2nd round pick to the Washington Wizards. That's 6 young players and 5 draft picks for one Anthony Davis!
The Lakers now have one of the most dangerous duos in the league, pairing Davis with Lebron James.
Ball, Ingram, Hart, and Hayes currently form the core for the Pelicans with Jrue Holiday and JJ Reddick. The team sits in the bottom half of the league while they wait for the debut of injured 1st round pick, Zion Williamson.
The Wizards are without their own star player (John Wall) and scrape out few wins with contributions from Bonga and Wagner, while Jones has been waived.
The Los Angeles Clippers traded Danillo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and seven future 1st round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder just to land Paul George. That's an incredible haul to pair PG13 with free agent Kawhi Leonard.
Gallinari and 'SGA' now team up with Chris Paul (remember him?) on a surprisingly tough Thunder team.
Both trades are expected to deliver championships to each of the Los Angeles squads. However, the trades could also come back to haunt one or both teams, as neither will have future assets. The Pelicans and Thunder have a wealth of young assets and tons of draft capital, now if their respective front offices can turn all that potential into championship contenders.