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Report: Lakers losing hope on Anthony Davis trade

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The Lakers reportedly offered Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, expiring contracts, two first-round picks and taking back Solomon Hill‘s toxic contract for Anthony Davis… then told New Orleans they were done negotiating.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has had no communication Wednesday with Lakers president Magic Johnson on Los Angeles’ most recent trade offer for All-Star big man Anthony Davis, league sources told ESPN.

The Lakers are running low on hope that the Pelicans will engage them before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the sources said.

The Lakers should be running out of hope of acquiring Davis. The Pelicans have sent every signal they’re not interested in sending Davis to Los Angeles before the trade deadline.

Maybe that’s just posturing. The teams could rekindle talks and reach a deal today.

But that seems increasingly unlikely.

Report: Lakers pull out of Anthony Davis trade negotiations

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The Lakers reportedly offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, two first-round picks, expiring contracts and taking Solomon Hill‘s toxic contract for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans demurred.

Apparently, the Lakers have had enough.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers have “pulled out” of any more conversations in trying to acquire New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis because of the Pelican’s “outrageous” trade requests, according to a person with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly.

As both sides have postured through the media, this is by far the boldest play yet. Obviously, the Lakers still want Davis. But now either team will look weak by re-engaging in negotiations. Stubbornness and ego could prevent meaningful steps toward a deal.

Or maybe the Lakers just didn’t have the assets to appease New Orleans, regardless.

The Pelicans can still trade Davis before tomorrow, but it seems increasingly likely they’ll wait for the Celtics this offseason. Boston has better assets than the Lakers. The big question is how hard the Celtics will push, especially if they don’t have to bid as hard against the Lakers.

The Lakers want Davis for the 2019 playoffs. If they don’t acquire him by tomorrow, he’d provide less value to them, and their offer might drop this summer. If it does, would Boston still feel the need in July to beat the Lakers’ February offer?

That’s the threat Los Angeles wants the Pelicans to feel now. We’ll see whether they do, but so far, none of the Lakers’ tactics have gotten New Orleans to budge.

Lakers finding Pelicans in no rush to trade Anthony Davis; deal unlikely before deadline

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From the day that it became public that Anthony Davis‘ agent had told the Pelicans the All-NBA big man would not re-sign with the team and wanted a trade, I have reported at NBC my sources have said the Pelicans were in no rush to make a trade. Particularly with the Lakers. For a variety of reasons ranging from wanting Boston and other teams involved in the bidding to not wanting to give in to pressure tactics to help the biggest brand in the NBA form a super team. That has not changed.

Another report echoing those comments came out Monday night, the same day there more talks between the Lakers’ Magic Johnson and the Pelicans’ GM Dell Demps. From Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

What do the Pelicans want? How about four first-round picks, plus players.

While there is some “small market not going to be forced into anything by powerful agent/big market” thing going on, my sources say the biggest issue is they don’t love the Lakers’ young players. Los Angeles has reportedly offered Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and some expiring contract veterans (Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley), plus a couple first-round picks for Davis and the bad contract of Solomon Hill. The Pelicans want a future multiple time All-Star/All-NBA level player back, and they do not see that in the Lakers’ offer.

Boston has that guy in Jayson Tatum, although whether they will put him in a trade is complicated (and could in part depend on what Kyrie Irving decides to do this summer). Boston’s ultimate plan remains to pair Davis and Irving, but the path to that is much tougher than it seemed just a few weeks ago.

Davis reportedly will sign an extension if traded to Milwaukee or the Los Angeles Clippers as well, but those teams are not actively bidding for him. Another surprise suitor could jump in the mix but there is little talk of that right now.

Whatever happens with Davis, expect it to drag out past the NBA Draft Lottery at least, and maybe into July. Davis will get traded — maybe even to the Lakers. Just not by Thursday (the trade deadline).

Report: Lakers offering eight players for Anthony Davis

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The Lakers reportedly improved their offer for Anthony Davis.

How much?

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

The deal could include Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and Moritz Wagner. It could include additional picks and pick swaps.

But that’s nearly everything Los Angeles could send the Pelicans.

Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram are young players with positive value. The first-rounders obviously hold positive value. Solomon Hill (guaranteed $12,758,781 next season) carries negative value, and New Orleans would like to unload him. Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley have neutral-value expiring contracts to facilitate the trade.

Still, this offer doesn’t make Davis-to-Los Angeles a forgone conclusion. A few questions remain: Do the the Pelicans hold interest in those young Lakers? What years are the picks, and how are they protected? What offers have other teams made?

But this offer could easily put the Lakers in the driver’s seat for Davis.

Report: Pelicans considering asking Lakers for two first-round picks

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From the start, sources with an understanding of New Orleans’ thinking on an Anthony Davis trade have told me the Pelicans were in no rush to make a move. They were willing to let that play out. That has not changed despite the Kristaps Porzingis trade taking the Knicks out of the running for Davis, or rumors that Kyrie Irving could bolt Boston for New York, altering the Celtics’ plans.

Earlier this week the Pelicans leaked that they were unhappy with the Lakers’ “lowball” offers, which could have been a signal to the Lakers to step up their game. The Lakers reportedly offered two of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart, plus either Rajon Rondo and/or Michael Beasley.

Now Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner report the Pelicans are looking at a counteroffer.

The Pelicans are considering making a counter offer that would ask for two first-round picks and add a Pelicans player to the deal, according to people with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

I know Ganguli and Turner, both are well-connected pros, but here’s my concern: When two reporters based in Los Angeles who cover the Lakers come out with a report about what New Orleans is going to do, I’m skeptical.

That the Pelicans would ask for multiple first-round picks in the trade certainly is logical, but remember if the Lakers have Davis those picks are going to be low first rounders. Even this year, if Davis is traded before the deadline it is expected the Lakers would make up the two games they are back now and this would not be a lottery pick (in what is generally considered a down draft after the top pick anyway).

The Pelicans ideally will want their trading partner to take on Solomon Hill‘s contract, which would likely mean Kentavious Caldwell-Pope coming back to New Orleans in a hypothetical deal.

On top of that, the Pels would want three or four of those young Lakers.

And even with all that, why are the Pelicans in a rush to do the deal now? The Lakers’ interest in Davis isn’t going away. They will be there around the draft and in July (when Boston can get into the mix).

Whether a deal gets done by 3 ET next Thursday or not, expect a lot of rumors to be flying between now and then.