Jayson Tatum speaks out about possibly being dealt for Anthony Davis

Elena Summers
February 1, 2019

Now injured Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is apparently at the top of the Pelicans list when it comes to things they'd want in an Anthony Davis-to-L.A. deal, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

Anthony Davis has asked the New Orleans Pelicans for a trade, and the Knicks are considered one of the most likely destinations for the superstar big man. Players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart are nearly certainly going to factor in heavily in these conversations, and it might even take all of them for the Pelicans to seriously consider sending Davis to L.A.

The trade deadline is just one week away, but that is plenty of time for the Bulls to improve their roster for seasons to come, even if it costs them their highly-coveted first round pick.

If the Lakers are going to acquire Davis prior to the NBA Trade Deadline, it will cost them a lot in the way of assets.

Davis this week was fined $50,000 after his agent made the 25-year-old's trade request public.

Additionally, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Pelicans have "no interest" in trading Davis to the Lakers at this time.

Davis' position is that he will sign with the Lakers in 2020 and a trade to any other team will be a 1-year rental.

Gentry said he wasn't aware of the situation relating to the video, or the fact Davis - linked with the Lakers - was not on the bench in the final quarter.

It's a legitimate issue, as Ball is arguably the best young player that New Orleans could get back for Davis in the event he's flipped to the Lakers.

As of now, the Pelicans see no reason to deliver Davis to the Lakers in a deal with a full season left on his contract - never mind do it on a timeline that benefits mostly the objectives of Los Angeles and Davis.

The trade deadline is February 7.

And for what it's worth, Bonga is performing well in the G League, averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest on impressive 45.0/36.4/80.6 shooting splits.

That's great news for the Boston Celtics, who have to sit out the Davis trade bonanza until this summer (unless they trade Kyrie Irving for Davis, which is highly unlikely).

The Lakers want to get a deal done and have no plans on trying to outbid the Boston Celtics this summer.

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