Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Lakers Pull Out over Pelicans' 'Outrageous' Demands

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis plays against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have "pulled out" of negotiations with the New Orleans Pelicans regarding an Anthony Davis trade, according to the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner.

Turner reported Tuesday the Lakers had grown frustrated with the Pelicans' "outrageous" trade demands: "The Lakers were not going to give the Pelicans the six to eight draft picks they wanted for Davis, the person said, knowing that the four first-round picks and second-round picks were more than the Lakers would offer."

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Lakers are still willing to "engage" with the Pelicans, though, and will wait for a counter-proposal. 

Wojnarowski added that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are "obviously anxious to find a pathway for a trade."

The Pelicans appeared to reference the situation on Twitter:

Davis provided an added layer of intrigue:

Turner and colleague Tania Ganguli reported Monday that the Lakers had put Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and two first-round picks on the table for New Orleans. Los Angeles was also prepared to take Solomon Hill, who's under contract for almost $12.8 million next season.

According to Turner, the Lakers amended their offer later in the day. They were prepared to trade Ball, Kuzma, Ingram, Josh Hart, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ivica Zubac to the Pelicans and throw in a pair of first-round draft picks.

The Lakers' biggest problem is that Pelicans general manager Dell Demps might be prepared to wait things out until the summer.

Fletcher Mackel of WDSU in New Orleans reported Monday that Demps and Pelicans special advisor Danny Ferry were declining the Lakers' offer, and some inside the franchise thought it could land Jayson Tatum from the Boston Celtics.

Wojnarowski also reported that Los Angeles' front office had to "overcome a significant desire within the Pelicans organization" to keep Davis past Thursday's trade deadline.

Time is quickly running out for the Lakers to change New Orleans' mind, and it's hard to see how much more Johnson and Pelinka can sweeten their trade package. The Davis saga seems likely to drag out through to the offseason unless another team enters the fray at the last minute.

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