Lakers draft picks: Why Anthony Davis trade left Los Angeles without picks in 2022 and beyond

The 2021-22 season did not go according to plan for the Lakers. They entered with the second-best odds of winning the championship and still finished with a 33-49 record.

Not only did that not get them into the playoffs, it didn’t even get them into the play-in.

To add salt to the wound, the Lakers don’t have a pick to boast in the 2022 NBA draft, as it’s one of three they parted ways to join eight-time Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis in 2019 to win.

The Pelicans were kind enough to remind them before the NBA Draft Lottery.

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Why Anthony Davis left Pelicans Trade Lakers without picks in 2022 and beyond

On June 15, 2019, it was announced that the Pelicans had agreed to sell Davis to the Lakers.

Lakers received: Anthony Davis

received pelicans: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks

The details of these picks were as follows:

  • 2019 – #4 Election
  • 2021 – First-round pick protected for #8-30 (unprotected in 2022)
  • 2023 – First round swap rights unprotected
  • 2024 – First round selection unprotected (option to defer to 2025)

The Pelicans traded the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA draft for picks Nos. 8, 17, and 35 to the Hawks, which were used to select Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Didi Louzada, respectively.

Because the second first-round pick that the Lakers traded for the Pelicans pick was not submitted in the 2021 NBA draft, it went unprotected in the 2022 NBA draft. The vote ended in 8th place and gave the Pelicans another opportunity to add a promising young candidate to their roster.

The Pelicans can trade first-round picks with the Lakers in 2023 and have the option to choose the team’s first-round picks in 2024 or 2025.

The Lakers are currently in full control of their 2026, 2027, 2028, and 2029 first-round picks. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Lakers can begin trading their first-round picks starting in 2027.

Of course, Anthony Davis’ trade helped the Lakers win their first championship in a decade, but they will feel the effects of that for years to come.


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