Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis talks over Pelicans' demands

Elena Summers
February 6, 2019

The Lakers have offered a package that includes forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, guard Lonzo Ball, two first-round picks and cap relief, reports Wojnarowski. However, the front office could also choose to shut Davis down for the remainder of this season and avoid risking an injury that could damage his trade value. Gentry was then asked whether he is authorized to make the decision as to when Davis will play.

Still, Davis' camp has been engaged in an aggressive campaign to push back on the possibility of the All-Star center's future in Boston, encouraging the Pelicans to do a deal with the Lakers or another preferred team prior to Boston's chance to become active in deal talks in the offseason. New Orleans is determined that any deal for Davis will include a young player returning to them who has the potential to become an All-NBA performer - a first-, second- or third-team player, sources said.

As ESPN first reported, the Celtics are unwavering in their pursuit of Davis - despite the fact they can not acquire Davis until the summer. Before getting to that, though, in fairness there is appeal in getting it over with and making the deal before Thursday's trade deadline. They reportedly want six-to-eight draft picks for Davis.

However, the Times, citing a person with knowledge of the negotiations, reported Tuesday that the Lakers had now ended discussions after growing increasingly frustrated with the Pelicans.

The question I'd like to pose for Pelicans fans is: would you want to enter a contract year for a budding player so soon after finally putting the Anthony Davis saga behind you? In the latest offer, Ball was included along with almost half of the Lakers' roster and draft picks.

The Raptors, Bucks and Nuggets, among other teams, have also been mentioned as options for Davis, though it's unclear if anyone but the Lakers have made trade offers. When the Pelicans were reportedly underwhelmed, the Lakers beefed up the deal Monday. He said the team is waiting for the Pelicans to make a counter-proposal.

The February 7th deadline is fast approaching and the window for the Pelicans to move Davis this season is closing. Zion Williamson is the unanimous first pick and has been for months, and he has the makings of a franchise player who would bring tremendous energy wherever he goes. The Lakers actually putting that offer on the table, or the Pelicans rejecting it?

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