Pelicans-Lakers NBA Trade Review and Grades!

NBA Trade Lakers-Pelicans

The offseason/NBA trade season has started off with a bang. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for star Power Forward Anthony Davis. The Lakers gave the Pelicans a lot of young talent in return. Today we will be reviewing the trade and I will grade both teams on their acquisitions. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here.

Trade Details

The Lakers have been interested in acquiring Anthony Davis since it became public that he wanted to leave the Pelicans in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. No deal was worked out during the season, and Davis finished the season with New Orleans.

The trade was made public on the afternoon of June 15th and first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The trade is not actually expected to be completed until July 6th. The Lakers acquired Davis, and in return game up Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and 3 future first round draft pick, including the 4th pick in Thursdays NBA Draft. The trade is a win for both teams. The Lakers get a star player to pair with LeBron that can help attract free agent talent towards them, and the Pelicans now have tons of young talent and are stocked on draft picks for years to come.

Lakers NBA Trade Grade: C

The Lakers are investing all of their resources into winning as soon as possible. They now have LeBron, AD, and Kyle Kuzma as their top 3 players. But they now have almost no one else on their roster. They only have 5 players! Another problem I have with this trade is the timing of it. I get that the Lakers wanted to complete this deal to make sure that another team could not make a better offer and get Davis, but I think this deal was still rushed too much.

If the Lakers had waited to complete this deal on July 30, they would have had $32.5 million in cap space, which is enough to sign someone to a max free agent deal. Instead, they will not be able to offer anyone a max free agent contract. I think the Lakers accomplished what they wanted to do with this trade and didn’t give up anything they didn’t want to, but they could have a better situation if this was rushed so much. One player I think the Lakers should aggressively pursue is Kemba Walker. Signing him in free agency would give this team 3-star players, but he would have to take a pay cut and not a max deal.

Pelicans NBA Trade Grade: B+

David Griffin has acquired his franchise a boatload of young players and stocked his team up for the future with draft picks. Remember, this team took Zion Williamson with the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. The Pelicans then traded the 4th pick in the draft to the Hawks for the 8th pick, 17th pick, and 35th pick. The Pelicans took Jaxson Hayes at 8, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker at 17. I love this trade because the Pelicans have young players that will be good for years to come and that they can also trade for older star talent.

This was my review of the first big NBA trade of the offseason. If you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more posts about NBA trades in the future. Comment below who you think won this trade.

Rich Hill’s Near No Hitter Ends Up Being a Loss

Last night, Rich Hill, starting left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a no hitter through 9 innings. The problem was, the Dodgers’ offense couldn’t back him up with any runs. So the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates went into extra innings. Then, in the bottom of the 10th inning, Pirate Josh Harrison hit a home run with no one on and no one out, becoming the first player to break up a no hitter with a walk off homer. Hill also had a perfect game bid going into the 9th inning, but Logan Forsythe couldn’t handle Jory Mercer’s grounder to 3rd. Hill has had a long career of injuries and team changes, but he took the blame for the loss because of one bad pitch.

Hill was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th round of the 2002 draft, after playing college baseball at the University of Michigan. He made his debut in the MLB on June 15, 2005. He pitched 1 inning of relief and got his first major league strike out against Carlos Delgado. Hill made his first start against the Giants, starting because Kerry Wood was injured. In his career, his record is 47-33, and he has an ERA of 3.99. He has struck out 738  batters in his career. He has played for the Cubs, Orioles, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, Nationals, Athletics, and Dodgers.

I hope that the Dodgers win the World Series this year because they have veteran players that have never won the World Series and they are my favorite National League team. Right now, I’ll just say that I predict a Dodgers-Yankees World Series, but I will be doing a full post on predicting the MLB Playoffs when the Wild Card games are over.

My Favorite Player In The National League

I have grown up watching the Tigers and mostly American League baseball. But I also like to watch National League baseball when it is on national tv. My favorite National League team is the Dodgers Here is my favorite player in the National League.

My favorite National League player is Dodger rookie Cody Bellinger because he is hitting lots of home runs even though it is just his 1st season in the MLB and he is only 22 years old. He is hitting .266 with 28 home runs and 67 RBI’s. Bellinger was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and he made his MLB debut just 4 years later.

One cool fact about Cody is that his dad, Clay Bellinger, also played in the MLB. Clay Bellinger had a career average of .193 and hit 12 home runs in his career.  Clay played for the Yankees for three years and appeared in two games in his final season for the Angels.  Clay Bellinger won a World Series with the 2000 Yankees.  Another interesting piece of trivia: Bartolo Colon has pitched to both Cody and Clay.

Cody Bellinger has the potential to be one of the best players in Dodgers history if he keeps hitting home runs. His job isn’t to hit for average but to hit for power.

Who Was Left Off The MLB ASG Rosters?

Last night the lineups for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game were announced. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 11 in Miami, Florida. The All-Star teams starting lineups were voted for by the fans, and the reserves and pitchers were chosen by MLB officials. Here are some of the players who should have made the roster, but didn’t.

Justin Turner

The 32-year-old third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers has had one of the best averages in the MLB this year. He is batting .382 with 7 home runs and 31 RBI’s in 212 at-bats. Yet he was not even selected to the ASG. You can still vote for him in the ASG Final Vote, which ends July 6th.

 

Anthony Rizzo

He might only be batting .258, but Rizzo has hit 19 home runs and driven in 51 runs for the Chicago Cubs. He deserved to make the roster and he should have at least been on the Final Vote.

 

 

Alex Avila

Avila is batting .310 with 11 homers and 29 runs driven in for the Tigers, and yet he is not on the ASG roster. Like Rizzo, Avila should have at least been on the Final Vote.

 

 

Birthday of the Day – Jamal Crawford

Today’s Birthday of the Day is Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers. He played college basketball for one year at Michigan. Jamal was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers but was traded to the Chicago Bulls on draft day. After that, he played for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and currently, he is playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year 3 times. He is turning 37.