Lakers 'Increasingly Pessimistic' Pelicans Willing To Trade Anthony Davis

Lakers 'Increasingly Pessimistic' Pelicans Willing To Trade Anthony Davis

After an underwhelming first offer to New Orleans last week, the Lakers reportedly sweetened the pot with another offer on Tuesday: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley, plus two first-round picks, for Davis and the contract of Solomon Hill.

Davis, 25, requested a trade more than a week ago. The Pelicans would then be left with some questions to answer about their roster. Hopefully you can see one of these deals coming to fruition. On the list of four teams, that's probably the best deal that anyone is going to offer.

However, if the deal is dead ahead of the deadline, the Lakers have asserted that they will not get into a bidding war for Davis this summer, most likely with the Celtics, who must wait until July 1 to make any deal for Davis because of Kyrie Irving's contract, per the NBA's Rose Rule.

As ESPN first reported, the Celtics are unwavering in their pursuit of Davis - despite the fact they can not acquire Davis until the summer.

Trade talk is all the rage in the National Basketball Association these days, given that the trade deadline is Thursday, so teams are doing all they can to try to make a move before the final buzzer (for this season) sounds.

Also, the Pelicans could risk improving their draft status and costing themselves the ability to get a higher pick in the draft by bringing back the core of young Lakers players.

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"They wanted more and more and more", a source told the LA Times.

It was reported earlier that Pelicans counter-offered Lakers for their "lowball" approach for Davis, after which the Lakers increased their offer.

The all-out blitz Klutch Sports has enacted this week on the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics is awe-inspiring, to be quite honest. That means they are not allowed to acquire more salary than they send out.

"Even if my son goes to New Orleans, you can't make him play", LaVar Ball said. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 campaign.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles is considering New Orleans' demands "outrageous". There are also always three- and four-team trade scenarios that could open up new player and draft-pick possibilities to the Pelicans in the offseason.

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