Why The Lakers Have Reportedly Pulled Out Of Anthony Davis Trade Talks
06 February, 2019, 09:29 | Author: Isabel Grant
We had LeBron James openly hoping for a trade during the Super Bowl, we had Anthony Davis provide the Pelicans with a "list" of teams he would in theory sign a long-term extension with and the Lakers got more serious with their offers.
According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have felt conversations with New Orleans have been one-sided and they are growing increasingly pessimistic about the Pelicans willingness to do a deal with them. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and two first round picks were offered.
Davis deemed the deal worthy of a double tap on instagram, but apparently it wasn't enough for the Pels. The offer that was reportedly made, which included six players and two draft picks is very steep.
The Lakers are still the favorites to land Davis via a trade.
The news broke nearly exactly 48 hours ahead of the NBA's 3 p.m. ET Thursday trade deadline.
Davis informed the Pelicans that he wouldn't sign a five-year, $239 million supermax contract this summer.
How much of a splash the Blazers could make likely will depend on their willingness to include second-year forward Zach Collins in a deal.
The New Orleans Pelicans can not allow themselves to get bullied into taking a deal early that doesn't net them the proper return.
New Orleans has a lot to gain from waiting to trade Davis.
Magic Johnson must overcome a significant desire within the Pelicans organization to let Thursday's deadline expire with Davis remaining on the roster, league sources told ESPN. If New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was not pleased with it, the Lakers would simply move on, per the report.
"They wanted more and more and more", one source said.
As such, it's no surprise New Orleans is demanding such high compensation - four first-round National Basketball Association draft picks and multiple second-round picks, per Wojnarowski - for their generational star. Bad because the Pelicans know they lose the upper-hand-despite Ainge reportedly expressing he will make a better offer.
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