Full details of Anthony Davis trade have been finalized via Dejounte Murray deal

The details of the trade that sent Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers have been finalized after the Dejounte Murray trade.
Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Pelicans - Play-In Tournament
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Five years after Anthony Davis was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers, the final details have been ironed out. With Davis now an NBA champion and the Pelicans continuing their attempts at achieving the same, both sides have completely moved on.

It wasn't until one of the biggest trades that the NBA is likely to see during the 2024 offseason, however, that the final details were presented.

The Lakers paid a king's ransom for Davis, parting with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and three first-round draft picks. Over the course of five seasons, however, the details of the trade have been altered in a significant manner.

The finishing touches were placed on those changes when the Pelicans acquired Dejounte Murray from the Atlanta Hawks in a move that included the final draft pick sent New Orleans' way for Davis.

Five years later, clarity has been provided.

New Orleans deferred the rights to the Lakers' 2024 draft pick, thus clearing the way to send the 2025 selection Atlanta's way. That also cleared Los Angeles' path to select reigning SEC Player of the Year Dalton Knecht at No. 17 overall at the 2024 NBA Draft.

This puts the finishing touches on a saga that has also seen New Orleans trade Ball to the Chicago Bulls and Hart to the Portland Trail Blazers in deals that ultimately enabled the team to land Murray and CJ McCollum.

In the same time that the Lakers have won a championship and reached a second Conference Finals, the Pelicans have completely transformed their roster from the time of the original trade.

Dejounte Murray to Pelicans completes Lakers trade for Anthony Davis

With the acquisition of Murray, the Pelicans have officially completed the terms of the Davis trade. By giving up the final first-round draft pick that the Lakers sent to the Pelicans, we can now see exactly what each side received in the deal.

First, it must be acknowledged that the original trade enabled New Orleans to make further moves to add players such as Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Dyson Daniels, Jaxson Hayes, Herbert Jones, and Didi Louzada.

Removing the players who are no longer with the Pelicans, and including those who were acquired via the assets that said individuals were traded for, however, the final details look like this:

Anthony Davis final details

Pending a potential Ingram trade, New Orleans walks away from the Davis deal with a six-man unit of Ingram, Jones, McCollum, Trey Murphy III, Murray, and Zion Williamson. It's a brilliant display of determined front-office work that turned losing a superstar into building a potential contender.

During the time that the Pelicans were rebuilding, however, the Lakers were already winning—making the end result of this trade one of the most even on-paper deals in recent memory.

Both the Lakers and the Pelicans seem to have gotten what they wanted out of the blockbuster trade that shook the NBA at its core. Los Angeles was able to hang its 17th championship banner, while the Pelicans successfully utilized their acquired assets to build a complete team around Williamson.

The dust has finally settled, and the Lakers and Pelicans can look back on this trade as a rare mutually beneficial deal from an on-paper perspective.