On Thursday, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps hadn't returned any phone calls from Lakers GM Rob Pelinka since Davis' trade request went public Monday. Later Thursday, Wojnarowski reported that the two teams had made contact and would likely talk again before the deadline.
Demps' delayed response to the Lakers is the latest wrinkle in a situation that could drag on into the summer.
Wojnarowski and Lowe noted 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."
Demps may have taken a different approach altogether by dragging his feet.
New Orleans doesn't have to feel pressured to deal Davis right now. He's signed through next season, allowing the Pelicans to wait until the summer when more teams will have additional cap space to get involved in trade discussions for one of the NBA's best players.