NBA draft: Here's why De'Andre Hunter was still announced a Lakers pick


At this point, even casual NBA fans are aware that Anthony Davis is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and that it took a metric ton of young talent to obtain him from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Among that collection of young talent was the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft, which the Pelicans later flipped to the Atlanta Hawks for even more picks and salary relief.

And yet, when Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter was announced as the fourth overall pick at the draft by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Hunter wasn’t given a hat from the team he would be playing for. He was wearing a Lakers hat.

De'Andre Hunter, of Virginia, leaves the stage after being selected with the fourth pick overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
This is a picture of a player who will not be playing for the Lakers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The reason for that awkward look is that while the Davis trade — or at least most of it — has been agreed upon, the trade hasn’t actually been finalized. The trade will actually go through at some point in the coming weeks, but for now, it’s the Lakers who are technically making the fourth overall pick under direction of the Hawks.

The Hawks weren’t even able to celebrate landing Hunter on Twitter, opting for some subtle emojis instead.

Hunter wasn’t the lone player in the awkward position of being interviewed while wearing gear for a team he will not playing for, as sixth overall pick Jarrett Culver was announced as a Phoenix Suns pick even though it was the Minnesota Timberwolves who controlled the selection.

It’s all an extremely silly situation, and something the National Football League draft picks don’t have to go through. Even if the players can’t be given the hat for their actual team, they should at least be given a general NBA hat or something.

Fortunately, Yahoo Sports has Hunter covered.

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