Warriorfan wrote:Don't forget Lakers also lost Randle and Russell to get to this point. Lot of lost draft capital.
Their trust fund was starting to dry up, but they went to Vegas and won it all back this weekend. This basically resets the franchise for them, even wipes away the front office turmoil and resets Rob Pelinka's image.
I think the Pelicans could've held out for Kuzma if they really wanted him, but in the end they settled for 2 extra #1's and Hart. I think the Lakers needed Kuzma more than the Pelicans wanted him in the end, so that's how we ended up where we are.
In the end, I think NOP winning the lottery helped the Lakers, because NOP's trade return for AD was never going to give them anything as valuable as the #1 pick. So they wanted a good package, but weren't desperate and forced into a corner where they might act impulsively, etc. (like turning down the Lakers' offer back in February.)