I don't think this trade was as lopsided as it originally seemed, considering the Pelicans defensively became much stronger in the guards, and they have some young and bright talent for the first time since Davis first showed up, but in my opinion (for basketball atleast), quantity rarely outweighs quality. It's extremely important to have a really deep bench, but now the Pelicans best player is Jrue Holliday or Lonzo, unless Randle resigns. I don't see the Pelicans making the playoffs for another two ish years until they start to get some of the draft picks developed or sign decent free agents.
To continue my point, while the Pels did get a lot of draft picks and depth, they also just traded away an once in a decade player. Davis is one of the most dominant post players the league has seen on a while, and he's done it pretty quietly because of where he was playing. He's still young, he hasn't had too many issues with injuries, and he's now playing with Lebron, who is starting to show some age but is still dominating. This trade to me is somewhat similar to the Mavs and Knicks trade, where it appeared that one team got a steal because the other was just trying to remove someone who didn't want to be there. The only way this really pays off for the Pelicans is if Lonzo or Hart become great, which I don't think either will be any more than a 2/3 time all-star, or if they somehow draft a superstar, which will be hard considering the Lakers probably won't be giving them anything close to a Lottery pick.