Wob: The Pelicans and Lakers Are Headed Towards a Game of Liar’s Dice

Jun 18, 2019 09:15 AM EDT
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to an Anthony Davis trade, but details about whether it will be processed July 6 or July 30 are still being determined.
  • Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) walks through the implications of the timing battle and what it means for free agency and these franchises moving forward.

After a year’s worth of flirting, tanking, rumors, Instagram likes, leaks, Rich Paul’s little birds, Looney Tunes t-shirts and subtweets — the tension was released as a dramatic climax on Saturday night when Woj decided to bless our timelines with the first bomb of the offseason:

If only it were that simple.

As the memes and dreams of showtime returning to Los Angeles flowed, details of the transaction trickled in throughout the night:

Now that the dust has settled, we are able to survey the landscape and take a head count of who made it through the long night.

The trade, as we know it, is proceeding as planned. But look at the calendar; we are still weeks away from the free agency moratorium and another week on top of that from free agents actually being able to put pen to paper.

While the Anthony Davis transaction has been agreed to in principle, A LOT can happen between now and the first day the trade can actually be filed and completed with the league office.

Let’s run through the scenarios.

The trade is processed exactly as described on July 6

This is the overwhelming favorite in the clubhouse and the most likely to happen. The Lakers want Anthony Davis; the Pelicans want their bounty.

However, there are consequences for the Lakers if they process the trade as soon as they’re permitted: