Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Pelicans Haven't Responded to Lakers' Latest Offer

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in action during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

The New Orleans Pelicans "still haven't responded" to the Los Angeles Lakers' most recent trade offer for star Anthony Davis, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner reported Tuesday the Lakers had put Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a pair of first-round draft picks on the table.

Turner added that Los Angeles' front office had grown frustrated with the state of negotiations, citing New Orleans' "outrageous" demands.

The NBA trade deadline expires Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, so it would appear the Pelicans are willing to play hardball to the point of keeping Davis for the remainder of the season.

Fletcher Mackel of WDSU in New Orleans reported Monday some inside the Pelicans organization want to wait until the offseason, when the Boston Celtics would be able to enter the Davis sweepstakes. New Orleans is confident it could land swingman Jayson Tatum as the centerpiece of a Celtics trade package.

The draft lottery may be a factor as well. Getting a 2019 first-round pick right now doesn't have a ton of value since it's impossible to know where that pick would fall in the draft. With the flattening of the lottery odds, the New York Knicks own the league's worst record (10-43) but have a 47.9 percent chance of falling out of the top four on draft night, per Tankathon.

The Lakers clearly want to get Davis, but it's hard to see how they can significantly improve their most recent offer to the Pelicans. Los Angeles should start bracing for the worst-case scenario—Davis stays in New Orleans and the team has to roll with a group of young players it was prepared to sacrifice to land the five-time All-Star.


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