After their initial offers were panned, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be getting down to business in Anthony Davis trade talks. Of particular concern for L.A.'s bid for Davis is whether or not Boston might include young talent Jayson Tatum in an offseason deal that would include first-round picks.
An Instagram comment from Bleacher Report listed out a Lakers proposal that included Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first-round picks for Davis.
One week ago, Davis requested to be traded from the Pelicans.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Lakers no longer were interested in bidding against themselves for Davis. The All-Star big man would reportedly sign long-term with only four teams and the Knicks are on that list, according to The Athletic.
The Pelicans, as has been said many times throughout the Davis ordeal, have plenty of reason to believe the Lakers offer will be there in the summer.
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It appears the New Orleans Pelicans are now winning this trade tug-of-war, and that is good news for Danny Ainge and the Celtics.
The Davis camp spewing how much they don't want to play in Boston isn't ideal, but it won't deter Ainge from making a "Godfather" offer of his own this summer. The long and short of it all, it seems, is the clock is ticking and the Pelicans do not seem to be in a big hurry to deal Davis before the February 7 (Feb. 8, PHL time) trade deadline.
The Lakers were willing to give the Pelicans salary-cap relief by taking back Solomon Hill (who has a year left on his deal after this season at $12.7 million).
Giving in to the Pelicans' demands for between six and eight draft picks would have been lunacy. Davis becomes a free agent in 2020.
Prior to the 109-107 loss to IN, coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Davis was "cleared to practice" but any decision on when he would return to game action was not up to Gentry. The Pelicans could wait until the draft lottery in May, when they'll have a better idea of when and how Boston's protected picks in deals with Philadelphia, Memphis and the Clippers could be conveyed in a deal.