NBA Trade Rumors: Final Outlook on Post-Draft Reports

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2019

FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans. Two people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
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The 2019 NBA draft is done, and to no one's surprise, the New Orleans Pelicans kicked off Thursday night's action by picking Duke's Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall selection.

The first curveball of the draft came quickly, though, as the Pelicans traded the fourth overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks, who scooped up former Virginia standout De'Andre Hunter.

In return, New Orleans received a handful of draft picks and forward Solomon Hill.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Atlanta has acquired New Orleans No. 4 pick in the draft for No. 8 and 17 and 35, league sources tell ESPN. Pelicans are sending Solomon Hill, No. 57 pick and a future second-round pick.

There were several trades executed on draft night, and more will certainly come to fruition in the coming days. Free agency is slated to kick off on June 30, and with it will come the open trade market.

What might that market look like? Let's examine some of the latest trade buzz coming out of draft night. First, though, a look at how the draft unfolded:


Lakers Looking to Make Davis Trade a Three-Team Deal

Williamson immediately becomes the new face of the Pelicans after the trade of forward Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. This gives L.A. a pair of stars in Davis and LeBron James.

However, the Lakers are hoping to add a third major name to the mix before the end of the offseason.

This problem is that the Davis deal, as it stands, doesn't leave the Lakers with enough cap space to pursue a max-level free agent in July. Los Angeles is projected to have roughly $23 million in cap room, according to Spotrac.

To remedy the situation, the Lakers are looking to amend the Davis trade, making it a three-team deal that also involves Atlanta.

"They're gonna try to engage Atlanta to try and get them involved and make it a three-team deal," ESPN's Dave McMenamin said on SportsCenter (h/t Lakers Outsiders). "They've got to dump some salary here, Isaac Bonga, Moe Wagner [and] Jemerrio Jones' non-guaranteed contract to try to open up the space for a max-level free agent they can go after."

If Los Angeles is able to move the contracts of Bonga, Wagner and Jones, it could go after a player like Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker in free agency—or possibly take another stab at the trade market.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, getting a third team involved in the deal will likely ensure the trade is finalized on July 6:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Rob Pelinka and David Griffin, upon completion of Anthony Davis deal, had agreed that if a third team was looped into trade, teams would finalize on July 6. No third team wanted to wait until late July. Once Atlanta was brought in today, Pelinka was already on board.


Wizards Unlikely to Move Beal

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The Lakers—and, presumably, a lot of other teams—could have interest in dealing for Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

The 25-year-old averaged an impressive 25.6 points per game this past season while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three-point range. He would make sense for virtually any team looking to add some perimeter scoring to the offensive end of the court.

The Athletic's Jordan Brenner mentioned Beal as a possible trade target for the Boston Celtics, for example. 

Of course, for a team to acquire the Florida product, Boston would first have to make him available. At this point, it appears highly unlikely this will happen.

According to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, the Wizards have "no intention" of opening the door for a trade:

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Bradley Beal isn’t going anywhere. Washington Wizards have no intention of dealing Beal.

Not only do the Wizards want to keep Beal around for this season, but they also intend offering him a three-year, $111 million extension, according to Wojnarowski (h/t Wizards Film Room's Kevin Folli).

So, unless something big changes between now and July, he is a name you can scratch off the trade market.