Feels a lot like Harbaugh to Michigan. Makes a ton of sense, had to be done but there's a ton of risk.Jjust a year ago when LeBron announced he was heading to the Lakers the fanbase penciled in the finals. That didn't happen. Maybe they get there without the injury but LeBron still played 55 games and they were 28-27 in those games. He just can't carry a team like he did in Cleveland for chunks of his career.
Big part of the deal will be whether or not New Orleans plays nice with the Lakers. If New Orleans waits to close the deal late July Lakers can have more cap space. But if New Orleans pushes for this deal to be signed July 6th it gives the Lakers less cash to spend. Brow would also need to waive his trade bonus to free up space.
But that roster is basically LeBron, Davis and Kuzma and then nothing else at this point. If they end up with like $23M to spend that's not going to fill out a great roster.
I'm not sure New Orleans could have done any better. They now have pick #1 and #4 and three future round picks from the Lakers. Ball and Holiday would be the best defensive backcourt in the league ( assuming they don't move Ball). Holiday, Ball, Randall, Ingram, Zion etc is a fantastic young nucleus. Key will be what they do with that #4 pick. Keep it and get another young piece or move it for a legit starter. GREAT day for GM David Griffin. A+..
Lakers trade grade TBD. They still need more pieces plus no telling what the future holds. The worst case scenario is obviously they don't have a ton of money to spend, free agents aren't really interested, the behind the scenes stuff continues to be a crap show, LeBron or Brow get hurt ( or both) and the Brow has one year of this and leaves when he's a free agent next season.
This isn't 2016 LeBron so it's going to take more than the Brow and LeBron and some random pieces to seriously contend. They need another guy. LeBron is still a fantastic basketball player but his success was always bully ball type stuff and exploding to the basket. He turned into a jump shooter in the 2018 finals and couldn't even take dudes like Jordan Bell off the dribble and just settled for jumpshots.
Still got Durant, Klay, Kyrie, Kemba, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and a bunch of other top end players looking for new homes potentially. Should be interesting to see if the Clippers can land Kawhi Leonard. That's bigger to me then the Brow to the Lakers if it happens.